Arts & Entertainment

Community Unites to Break World Record for Fastest Theatrical Production

As soon as the clock started ticking, hundreds started working on that night's performance. Took a lot longer to find out if they broke the record!

Back in March, we told you about a theater company outside of Pittsburgh that was trying to break the Guiness World Record for the fastest theatrical production. Seven months later we can finally tell you it's official: Stage Right! theater in Greensburg, PA owns that record.

"It took the Guinness folks all summer to verify that Stage Right ! had met all the requirements. It was mounds and mounds of evidence," Anthony Marino admitted to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette . Marino is founder of Stage Right!, a school for the performing arts and professional theater academy.

Adam, Cain, Abel and God, 3 hours to curtain.

The theater staged the large-cast musical Children of Eden on March 9. As part of the record-attempt rules, they didn't know until the morning-of the performance which show they'd be staging. Here's a compilation of the preparations starting with opening that box at 5:30 a.m., followed by the efforts of hundreds of community volunteers, from actors and singers, to sewers and carpenters, to violinists and keyboard players:

In order to break the record, the musical would need everything from sets built from scratch, costumes, musical arrangements, and of course, rehearsals. The curtain would have to be up within 14 hours and 30 minutes to beat the previous record, a relatively smaller cast production of Annie . After staging a world-record-fast production, Marino probably wasn't expecting the certification process to be so slow. But now that it's here, Stage Right! can say they're world record holders.

While your theater or musical group probably isn't trying to break a record, if you're making a difference in your community tell us about it. Sign up at Sparkt and write a story to celebrate your achievement!

(Images and video: Stage Right! Facebook page )

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