ALGONQUIN – From the moment they receive their scripts at 7 p.m. Friday, students will have 24 hours before they perform in the second annual 24-hour musical at Jacobs High School.
All proceeds from the show will go to Turning Point of McHenry County, a domestic violence agency with a mission to confront violence against women and children in the county.
Student director and Jacobs senior Stephanie Fiorentino decided to donate to Turning Point because of her past involvement fundraising for the organization through the Light of Christ Church. When she was about 8 years old, Fiorentino said she ran a lemonade stand to help Turning Point open its new facility.
“It’s definitely something unique,” Fiorentino said. “You will never see a show this funny necessarily and a show where you’re giving back to the community.”
Fiorentino said that although the name of the musical is being kept secret until actors receive their scripts, it will be a “contemporary musical.” Students will be “locked in” the school overnight as they practice.
The play will be directed by Jake Stouffer, and the creative team includes Jennifer Wiczer as music director and Alexander Sitko as choreographer.
About 100 students, most without a musical theater background, are expected to participate.
“It’s our hope that this is something that continues going year after year,” said Stouffer, coordinator of fine and performing arts for Community Unit School District 300. “… It’s not only for a good cause, but it helps our kids, too. It gives them another opportunity to be on stage and express themselves.”
Fiorentino said she’s looking forward to seeing everyone enjoy themselves Saturday.
“You don’t get very often that so many different groups of kids from the school and their families are together. … I think that’s the best part,” Fiorentino said.
The idea for the 24-hour musical was started in 2016 by student Nicole Frantik.
The production will start at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Jacobs High School auditorium, 2601 Bunker Hill Drive, Algonquin.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students, and can be purchased at the door with a check or cash. There will be a raffle at intermission.