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FGCU Students Compete for Scholarships in Annual 24-Hour Festival, Sept. 7-8

Creative contestants try to beat the clock in overnight arts competition

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Florida Gulf Coast University students will make a mad dash to write plays, compose music and edit films before the clock runs out during the sixth annual 24-Hour Festival, Sept. 7-8.

At stake: $500 scholarships for winners in each of three creative categories.

At 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, FGCU theater professor and festival producing director Barry Cavin will announce the required elements and themes for the contest in the Theatre Lab in the Arts Complex. After he finishes reading the list, individuals and teams of students will have just 24 hours to concoct and complete a creative project incorporating those elements. They must submit entries by 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8.

At 8 p.m. that evening, students will display artwork in the Arts Complex lobby and present live performances in a TheatreLab showcase that is free and open to the public. A panel of judges will choose winners based on how well they execute their ideas and incorporate the required elements.

The art-on-the-fly competition has become a tradition eagerly anticipated by students who enjoy the adrenaline rush and the chance to push themselves artistically, according to Cavin, who founded the festival.

“It draws on their unique capacity for procrastination and their tremendously dynamic creativity,” he said.

Judges for this year’s 24-Hour Festival are: Lydia A. Black, executive director of Lee County’s Alliance for the Arts; Robert Cacioppo, producing artistic director, and Carrie Lund Cacioppo, actress and associate producer, of Florida Repertory Theatre in Fort Myers; Andy Howl, owner of Howl Gallery in Fort Myers; Danielle Koleniak, news reporter for NBC-2 Fort Myers; Will Prather, executive producer and owner of the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers; and Eric Raddatz, founder and executive director of the Fort Myers Film Festival.

To view videos from last year’s festival, go to

For more information, go to or call Cavin at 590-7183.

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