Stage Right! clinches world record for fastest production
Greensburg’s Stage Right! theater company set a new Guinness World Record for fastest theatrical production.
The company, which also operates a school for the performing arts, received an email confirming that it successfully set a new world record by staging a production of “Children of Eden” — from auditions to performance — in 14 hours and 30 minutes.
“It was a pretty magical moment,” artistic director Tony Marino said, when he quickly checked out the official Stage Right! listing on the Guinness World Records website.
Stage Right! performed the play March 9 at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg, but the confirmation process took some time.
“We’d been waiting for quite a while,” Marino said in a news release. “The unpaid review process can take a long time. They’d asked for some clarifications and other information over the course of the waiting period, which we provided and then continued to wait.”
Stage Right! will toast its record-breaking achievement and will unveil its official World Record seal as part of the Nov. 22 opening night reception for its production of “Newsies,” set for performances Nov. 22-24 at the Palace Theatre.
A cast of 96 took part in the nearly three-hour-long performance of Stephen Schwartz and John Caird’s “Children of Eden,” which combines the biblical stories of creation, Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, and Noah and the flood.
The play selection was announced at 5:30 a.m. March 9, with the performance beginning at 8 p.m.
Marino said support from the Greensburg community was crucial. About 150 people volunteered during the day and 500 turned out to watch the show.
Stage Right! broke a previous 15-hour record held by the Sharpe Academy of Theatre Arts for its Aug. 29, 2016, production of “Annie” at Watersmeet Theatre in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom.
Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, [email protected] or via Twitter .