A compelling plot, well-developed characters and clever dialogue are all elements of a great novel – or an entertaining play! The upperclassmen theatre students at Broad Ripple Magnet High School for the Arts and Humanities are ready to show off their playwriting talents this week.

Thursday, February 5, is the second annual 12-Hour Play Project. Three teams of juniors and seniors will work with local theatre professionals to write, rehearse, and perform original scripts. The catch: they only have 12 hours to do it!

“While the playwriting members of each team are working with their assigned professional playwright, the acting and directing students are participating in mini master classes in acting,” said Broad Ripple Theatre teacher Tonya Wilkison. Professionals from Indiana Repertory Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, ComedySportz and NoExit Performance will be on hand to help our young actors.

The teams and their mentors will begin at 7:30 a.m., and show their work to the community at 7:30 p.m. in a friendly battle to see whose work is best.

The budding thespians of Broad Ripple will use this opportunity to stretch their literary muscles while strengthening their theatrical skills, and you can watch them in action! Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. – tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students 18 and younger, children 4 and younger are admitted at no cost. Be sure to support our IPS playwrights in this unique event!