Arts & Entertainment

Theater Troupe Attempts "Fastest Musical" World Record

They'll attempt to stage a full musical from scratch in just 14 1/2 hours to try and break the Guinness Book fastest musical world record.

(Images: Stage Right!)

Is it possible to stage a major musical in less than 15 hours? We're talking from scratch : assembling a cast, learning lines, songs, dances, even constructing a set and coming up with costumes and props. A musical theater group in Greensburg (PA) thinks they can do it. They're going to make their attempt on Saturday, March 9, and if you're in town, you can be there see if they're able to bring down the house.

Stage Right! School for the Performing Arts and Professional Theater Company will attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records record for the fastest musical production by staging a full musical in 14 hours and 30 minutes. The current record, 15 hours, was set by a British troupe.

According to their website, to set the record, Stage Right will receive notice of the title of the show at 5:30 am that morning. They will then have 14 hours and 30 minutes to cast and rehearse actors, create sets, props and costumes, rehearse the orchestra and be ready to perform before a live audience. Artistic director Tony Marino told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette he's hoping for a full-on, big-cast musical.

"There's no victory if it's not hard." Tony Marino, Artistic Director, Stage Right! Theater

Marino told the P-G his group already has a leg up: a list of more than 180 volunteers, from actors to carpenters to violinists. His team will start calling the moment they open the box containing the name of their assigned musical. Official judges will be on hand to make sure there's no "fudging" during the preparation process. The judges will also assess what they call the "credibility" of the show which must go on when the time-clock runs out.

The performance will be open to the public for a suggested donation of $10 or $20. Click here for tickets. And you can click here to read the the official rules from the Guinness organization.

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