Our Story

The 24 Hour Musical exists to better our local and global communities through
theater arts.

We believe that theatre can (and should!) be used to make a difference in our world. So that's what we do, and we do it while creating unifying, uplifting community experiences and introducing exciting new challenges for theatre artists.

Each year, we produce a 24 Hour Musical, putting together a full-scale, Broadway-style musical production in only 24 hours. We bring together a diverse group of theatre artists and volunteers from around the Upstate to make this possible. Funding for the event comes entirely from donations, sponsorships, and fundraisers. Tickets to the show are free, with donations accepted, and all proceeds from the show go directly to our charity partner.

THE 24 HOUR MUSICAL: Past Shows

The 1st annual 24 Hour Musical took place August 8-9, 2014, in Anderson, South Carolina. Throughout the month of July, local actors submitted their audition videos online, and the creative team notified those who were cast in the show. The title of the show remained a secret until just 24 hours before showtime. The cast, creative team, and sponsors came together for a Kick-Off Party on Friday, August 8th, where the show was revealed, and the actors’ roles were announced. Rehearsals began immediately, running through the night, while teams of volunteers simultaneously located props, made costumes, and built sets.

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown was a huge success for the 24 Hour Musical. The theatre was filled to capacity just 10 minutes after the doors opened on Saturday. In all, we raised $1,530.50 for the Anderson Free Clinic!

Fast forward to July 10-11, 2015, and the 24HM team was ready to do it all again! This time, a second performance was added so that more people would have a chance to see the show and support the cause. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee played to two sold out audiences. The energy and laughter were unbelievable! The second 24 Hour Musical raised a total of $2,346.65 for the Cancer Association of Anderson!

For our third year, the 24 Hour Musical team knew that a big change was needed to meet the growing popularity of our annual show. Our 2016 show was presented in the 220-seat Daniel Recital Hall, located right above our original home in Belk Theatre. The Wizard of Oz featured our largest cast yet and raised $2,032.75 for DCEC. The theatre filled up in record time as our community came together to support this amazing cause. DCEC serves children with special needs, birth through age 10, offering quality early childhood education and essential therapies all under one roof. They provide the care needed for these children during the day so their parents and guardians can work. It is their goal to help these exceptional children reach their maximum potential!

Stay tuned for details about 2017!


SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK

In early 2015, not long after the success of our very first 24 Hour Musical, the 24HM team began brainstorming ways that we could do more to better our community and raise awareness for our cause. As we planned our second season, we focused in on one specific part of our mission statement: we exist to make a difference while creating unifying, uplifting community experiences and introducing exciting new challenges for theatre artists.

The 24HM board came up with a huge vision for an annual Shakespeare in the Park program which would bring free arts and entertainment to our community. We quickly discovered that we were not alone in wanting to bring quality outdoor summer theatre to Anderson! A passionate and diverse team of leaders was quickly formed, including 24 Hour Musical team members, project managers from the City of Anderson, director David Larson from Anderson University, and producer Diane Lee.

Anderson's Shakespeare in the Park was born and was an immediate hit, with over 4,000 heading down to Carolina Wren Park each summer to enjoy classics like A Midsummer Night's Dream and Much Ado About Nothing.

Shakespeare in the Park continues to be co-produced by 24 Hour Musical and the City of Anderson, and operates under the non-profit umbrella of 24 Hour Musical Inc. It is made possible each year thanks to generous support from the City of Anderson and the City/County Accommodations Tax Grant.

24 Hour Musical is so proud to be one small part of this huge project each year and looks forward to bringing summer Shakespeare for years to come!


CHARITY PARTNERS

Our experience with 24 Hour Musical was a true blessing. We were amazed at the effort and talent that was poured into this production! The opportunities to share our story, through working with this amazing group of actors was invaluable. We even gained a wonderful employee from the experience! Thank you 24 Hour Musical for your heart for this community!
— Laura Capell, Marketing Director, DCEC
I constantly say that working together works! And the Anderson Free Clinic experience with the 24 Hour Musical was a great example of that. The Anderson Free Clinic was the first charity to benefit from that collaborative effort. The cast, crew, and leaders offered what they do best: organization, passion and talents to deliver an outstanding performance... in 24 hours. Doing what we do well, the Free Clinic mobilized people for a well attended event. I loved working with them!
— Barbara Baptista una Freund, Executive Director, Anderson Free Clinic