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2009-2010 Season

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Into the Woods
the first-annual VTG ten-minute play project

Registration: Not Later Than Mon. Apr. 5
Shows:  Sat. Apr. 10, 2010, at 7:30 p.m.

Cast List


The Traveler’s Tales*
written by John Hesselberg
directed by Cheryl Montgomery

*Recipient of the audience-choice blue-ribbon award for theatrical excellence

Living off the Land
written by Katrina Byrd
directed by Roy Bailey

The Bad Gene
written by Richard Van Den Akker & Ryan Van Den Akker
directed by Ian Tubman

We were pleased to present a project to engage audiences and challenge writers, directors, and actors, the First Annual VTG Ten-Minute Play Project: Into the Woods. There was only one opportunity to see these original works, written and rehearsed over a 24-hour period by the area's best talent: Saturday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Based on similar projects at the Fondren Theatre Workshop in Jackson, the Ten-Minute Play Project challenged the creativity of all involved.

At a kick-off meeting on April 9, each participant brought a prop. The writers drew the names of directors at random, directors drew the names of their cast members, also at random, then everybody drew a prop.

The writers, directors, and actors met to identify each other and their props. The writers then went off to write their scripts with the requirement that they incorporate at least three of their available props and maintain a theme of “into the woods,” based on the backdrop that was chosen to use.

Writer, directors, and actors reassembled on April 10 at 9 a.m. to rehearse.

We hope the audience enjoyed the results. Everything seen was created within the previous 24 hours.

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Production Schedule and Rules


            Fri. 7:00pm                Assemble at the Vicksburg Theatre Guild (VTG) Parkside Playhouse

                                           Everybody bring 1 Prop!!!

            Fri 8:00pm                 Playwrights write plays

            Sat 8:00am                Casts start rehearsals at Hawkins

            Sat 6:00pm                Each cast gets 10 minutes on stage for a practice run.

            Sat 7:30pm                Performances



Friday,  April 9, 2010

7:00 pm         All participants bring 1 prop and will meet at VTG for introductions and orientation.  Playwrights draw from a hat to randomly select Directors.  Directors draw from a hat to randomly select Actors.  Actors draw from a hat to randomly select the prop/costumes to be incorporated into the play.  Actors are then released and Playwrights go home to begin writing.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

9:00 am         Playwrights arrive with 5 copies of their finished scripts and draw for performance order.  If you are unable to provide 5 copies, please let VTG know so that arrangements can be made.  Playwrights meet with Directors and Actors for a first read-thru of the scripts. Rehearsals begin at Hawkins Church.

6:00 pm         All participants gather at VTG for further rehearsals and a tech-through of each play.  Directors will provide a copy of the script with any light cues needed for the Light Board Operator.  

7:00 pm         Call for all participants, all shows

7:30 pm      Curtain up!!!



  1. Writers. Writers get ~12 hours to write a ten-minute play for the assigned cast and props. Writers will each select one director by lot. The VTG will not be available for writing. Writers will avoid foul language and strong sexual references in their scripts.

  2. Directors. Directors get ~12 hours to rehearse the play. Directors will select their cast by lot.

  3. Cast. Cast members must be in the 9th grade or older.

  4. Props. Each participant must bring one prop for the shows. Props will be selected by lot. Additional props may be provided by the director/cast.

  5. Sets. The forest backdrop will be down. A table and three chairs will be provided backstage. Any other set pieces used should require minimal (<5min.) set-up. Standard stage lighting will be used. Any special lighting (strobe effects etc.) must be handled by the director/cast and require minimal set-up. Any sound effects  must be provided by the director/cast.

  6. Selecting a Winner. Audience will vote on best show.

  7. Rehearsals. Rehearsing will take place at Hawkins Church, not at  VTG.

  8. Preferences. VTG will try to assign participants as writers, directors or cast  based on their preferences.



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