Ashland University Senior to Produce a Show in 24 Hours

Ashland University Senior to Produce a Show in 24 Hours

3/19/18 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University Department of Theatre will showcase the 24-Hour Theatre Project produced by senior multiple-disciplinary major Megan Harvey of Medina for her senior capstone on Saturday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Ashland University’s Studio Theatre.

A limited number of tickets are available for this free performance, which is open to the public. Patrons can secure their seat by calling the Ashland University Box Office at 419.289.5125

More than 30 Ashland University students will be participating in this project, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 23. Within the next 24 hours, these students will write, audition, memorize, design and rehearse a play that will be publicly performed at 7:30 p.m. the following day. 

Serving as the producer, Harvey has created a budget, interviewed and contracted a leadership team, created calendars and deadlines leading up to the production and recruited those who will participate on the day of the event. 

The excitement of this project is the anticipation of not knowing what will be performed for the audience, since everything will be created in a condensed amount of time. A normal production includes five to six weeks of rehearsal, this group will be preparing in a day. This is a new opportunity offered to students on the AU campus, which Harvey hopes will continue on after her graduation this May. 

She explains, “I believe that any theatrical experience can be transformative and I want to create the best environment possible for patrons to feel the power of the art form. I hope to assist in creating enjoyable and memorable opportunities for others, similar to those who once inspired me to pursue this field.” 

Harvey’s credits include Ashland University’s Seussical (Ensemble), The Trojan Women (stage manager and dramaturg), Almost, Maine and The Vagina Monologues (stage manager), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (assistant stage manager). She has also worked as the Ashland University’s assistant house manager and later front of house manager. In 2018, she was honored to represent Ashland University at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region II for her stage management work for The Trojan Women. Other credits include the Medina based theatre company, CAMEO, Next to Normal, Godspell and West Side Story (assistant producer) and RENT and Songs For a New World (assistant stage manager). 

For more information, contact Tricia Applegate, Coordinator of the College of Arts & Sciences Communications & Performing Arts Publicity & Events, at 419.289.5950 or

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