18-Hour Theater Festival @ Newbury Park High School

It starts at 3:00 am with the writers and ends 18 hours later with a live performance, this is the 18- Hour Theater Festival at Newbury Park High School. Photos by Richard Gillard/Acorn Newspapers

RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers 3:25 am Writers Rory Smith and Ira Irvani write their story of the stage at the Performing Arts early Saturday, September 26 morning. The writers had from 3am to 5:50am to write their stories before meeting with the director at 6am to discuss their play.

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3:25 am Writers Rory Smith and Ira Irvani write their story of the stage at the Performing Arts early Saturday, September 26 morning. The writers had from 3am to 5:50am to write their stories before meeting with the director at 6am to discuss their play.

RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers 3:07 am Writers Ira Irvani, right, and Rory Smith react to the slip of paper they picked containing something they needed to add to their story from Kylie Kelleher and Madeline Weiss who pasted around the hand early Saturday, September 26 morning. The writers had from 3am to 5:50am to write their stories before meeting with the director at 6am to discuss their play.

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3:07 am Writers Ira Irvani, right, and Rory Smith react to the slip of paper they picked containing something they needed to add to their story from Kylie Kelleher and Madeline Weiss who pasted around the hand early Saturday, September 26 morning. The writers had from 3am to 5:50am to write their stories before meeting with the director at 6am to discuss their play.

RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers 7:07am ACTORS ARRIVE – Emily Goldstein gives Kathryn Schroeder a hug while director Colin Grumney works on the script as actors arrive on Saturday, September 26 morning.

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7:07am ACTORS ARRIVE – Emily Goldstein gives Kathryn Schroeder a hug while director Colin Grumney works on the script as actors arrive on Saturday, September 26 morning.

RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers 7:27 am PICKING YOUR CAST – Director Brenda Herron takes her turn to pick an actor to join her cast. Like picking teams for dodgeball the directors take turns picking one actor at a time to join their cast.

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7:27 am PICKING YOUR CAST – Director Brenda Herron takes her turn to pick an actor to join her cast. Like picking teams for dodgeball the directors take turns picking one actor at a time to join their cast.

RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers 7:35am GET A LOOK AT THE SCRIPT – Cast members get their first look at their scripts.

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7:35am GET A LOOK AT THE SCRIPT – Cast members get their first look at their scripts.

RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers 8:08am ACTION – Actors Olivia Boyd and Noah Varav work through their rolls during a first read through of the script . Groups rotated every 25 minutes working their way to the stage allowing each team a change to rehearse on stage for 25 minutes.

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8:08am ACTION – Actors Olivia Boyd and Noah Varav work through their rolls during a first read through of the script . Groups rotated every 25 minutes working their way to the stage allowing each team a change to rehearse on stage for 25 minutes.

RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers 1:16 pm MORE ACTION – Actors Miranda Barraza and Chase Kassabian rehearse as their group gets closer to rehearsing on the stage. Groups rotated every 25 minutes working their way to the stage allowing each team a change to rehearse on stage for 25 minutes.

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1:16 pm MORE ACTION – Actors Miranda Barraza and Chase Kassabian rehearse as their group gets closer to rehearsing on the stage. Groups rotated every 25 minutes working their way to the stage allowing each team a change to rehearse on stage for 25 minutes.

RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers 4 pm LIGHTS, SOUND, ACTION – Actors Blair Rocheleau, Anjal Kokatay, and Nathan Zager perform during a tech rehearsal as the long day comes closer to their live performances.

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4 pm LIGHTS, SOUND, ACTION – Actors Blair Rocheleau, Anjal Kokatay, and Nathan Zager perform during a tech rehearsal as the long day comes closer to their live performances.

RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers 4:10 pm HIT THE MARK– Bella Brisbois and Gwyn Pryor hit their marks during a tech rehearsal as the long day comes closer to their live performances.

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4:10 pm HIT THE MARK– Bella Brisbois and Gwyn Pryor hit their marks during a tech rehearsal as the long day comes closer to their live performances.

RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers Noah Varav, Olivia Boyd, and Aaron Grossman

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Noah Varav, Olivia Boyd, and Aaron Grossman

RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers 7:47pm ANY QUESTIONS -Kylie Kelleher, along with the writers and directors, answers questions from the audience before the live performances of the 18 hr play festival at Newbury Park High School Performing Arts on Saturday, September 26.

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7:47pm ANY QUESTIONS -Kylie Kelleher, along with the writers and directors, answers questions from the audience before the live performances of the 18 hr play festival at Newbury Park High School Performing Arts on Saturday, September 26.

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