Clacton: Theatre group’s world record production bid

BUDDING stage stars have launched an ambitious bid to smash the world record for the fastest theatrical production.

Tendring-based Youth Theatre Performerz is aiming to put on a show from start to finish at Clacton’s Princes Theatre in just 23 hours.

Members of the theatre company will only find out what they are to perform at 8.30pm on Saturday, March 31, before having to put on the show at 7.30pm the following day.

The current record is held by Dundee University Musical Society who performed Seven Brides for Seven Brothers in 2003 in 23hr 30min after receiving the script.

The attempt is the idea of Neil Whitfield, musical director of Youth Theatre Performerz’, who will work alongside director Melissa Wenn and choreographer Simone Castle.

“During the 23 hours we will have to both audition and rehearse,” said Mr Whitfield.

“The stage and set will have to be designed and constructed, lighting rigged and sound systems installed. All the music will be performed by a live band which will have the same amount of time to learn the music.

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“No scripts are allowed and this promises to be a really exciting project between the company and the Princes Theatre and there will be a totally fresh performance on the Sunday evening.”

Kai Aberdeen, assistant theatre and entertainment manager at Tendring District Council, which runs the theatre, said it was an opportunity not to be turned down.

“As soon as Neil spoke to me I was interested and I am delighted we have joined together to have a go at smashing the world record,” he said.

“Everyone is really looking forward to the challenge, which just happens to take place on April 1. I can assure that was not even thought of at the time.”