PR Productions is doing what no other local theater group has ever attempted, and they’re doing it for the second time. In just 24 hours of consecutive rehearsal time, over a dozen actors and actresses will create a full-length musical performance.
Performances of the “24 Hour Theatre Project,” presented by PR Productions of Sandwich, will be held at 7 p.m. July 21 and 2 p.m. July 22. All performances will be held at the Sandwich Opera House, 140 E. Railroad St., Sandwich.
Tickets cost $12 in advance and $15 at the door and can be purchased online at www.wewantpr.com or by calling 815-797-9565.
Cast members include Nick Bantz-Beaty and Adriana Resendiz (Sandwich), Emily Glover and Darik Martin (Plano), Cindy Bakanas and Natalie Creviston (Genoa), Jonathan Tarter (Algonquin), Nick Kinner, Kellie Moizo, Quentin Murphy and Lara Panke (DeKalb), Kayla Thompson (Elburn), Jimmy Capek and Danielle Stensrud (Kingston), David Zallis (LaSalle), Andrew Lowbach (Peru), Choloe Bluml (Sugar Grove), Brittany Watne (Waterman) and Ryan Morton (Yorkville).
“It was important that we added cast members from all areas,” Christopher Roe, co-founder of PR Productions, said in a news release. “We were pleasantly surprised at the turnout for our auditions.”
Cast members range in age from 16 to 35 and the musical will feature all individuals.
“People have told us that we’re crazy,” Kris Pagoria, co-counder of PR Productions and director of the project, said in the release. “We really just want the community to believe in us.”
Pagoria, of Sandwich, has been directing musical productions for various theater groups throughout DeKalb County since 2005.
“This is literally the most challenging thing I will have ever done in a theater setting,” he said in the release. “When we did it for the first time last year, we learned a lot about what we could and couldn’t do with the time limitation. Most musicals take two-to-three months, or more, to create. People would be shocked to find out how much we squeeze into such a short amount of time.”
Cast members will gather on the evening of Friday, July 20, at 6 p.m. At that time, specific details on the project will be announced to the project members, including what show will be put on. Rehearsals will begin immediately and will continue for 24 hours. At the conclusion of that time, project members will break for one hour, and then open the show for public performances.
“I’ve done community theater and loved it,” Cindy Bakanas, a teacher in the Genoa-Kingston school district, said in the release. “I’ve been challenged before, but never like this.”
The production will not be announced to the community until Friday night as well, preserving the secrecy that has become such a large mystery about the project.
Chris Roe, of Plano, said that the production crew can guarantee a family-friendly production.
“You won’t be disappointed,” he said. “We’ve chosen a show that will entertain all ages, and leave them with memorable lyrics and dances once the show ends.”
Pagoria said that a lot of information is being revealed daily on the group’s Facebook page, from secrets that reveal information about the production to video interviews. To become a fan of the project and be one of the first to learn what the production is, search for “PR Productions” on Facebook.
Roe explained that this project is more than just putting on a show.
“The show is just the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow,” he said. “We’re asking for belief in our desire to challenge ourselves as performers and for the faith and support from our community.”
The project is funded independently and all proceeds will be used for similar projects in the future, and will be open to children, teens and adults.
The organization also has been surprised with several in-kind donations from local businesses.
“The word got out about this project and all of the sudden, we started getting calls,” Pagoria said.
The “24 Hour Theatre Project” has received in-kind donations from Stonefire Restaurant, Jimmy Johns and Froots of Yorkville, Tastee Bite and Gonzo’s Pizza of Plano, Pizza Hut, Gene’s Chicken and Top Shelf Grill of Sandwich, Pattelli’s of Yorkville and Nel’s Catering of Somonauk.
For more information on PR Productions’ “24 Hour Theatre Project,” visit www.wewantpr.com or find “PR Productions” on Facebook.