As the name implies, "The Fifth Annual Student Slam" is a student production. But the festival doesn't take just any doe-eyed high schooler with a penchant for the stage. More than 150 aspiring thespians auditioned for this year's festival, with 25 making the cut.
This Saturday they'll descend on the Rose Wagner stage, backed by a bevy of professional Utah playwrights and directors, to create and rehearse five 10-minutes plays in the space of 23 hours. As the festival's tagline goes: "You spend the 24th hour with us to see the results!" The festival is an educational program of Plan-B Theatre Company and a fundraiser for the Theatre Arts Conservatory, which has instructed more than 600 Utah students in the ways of professional theater over its seven-year history.
The acting roster includes talent from Alta High, Olympus High, Park City High, Skyline High, West High, Treasure Mountain International School, plus Judge Memorial, Rowland Hall St. Mark's and the Salt Lake Performing Arts High School. Participating playwrights include Beth Bruner, Megan Crivello, Jim Martin, Eric Samuelsen and Tobin Atkinson. Colleen Baum, Christopher Glad, Nathaniel Hinckley, Jay Perry and Mark Fossen will be on hand as directors.