One-act play competition set at Clear Lake High School
Thespians from high schools in Clear Creek ISD, Alvin, Dickinson and Friendswood will perform March 21 in the 2018 District 24 6A University Interscholastic League one-act play competition at Clear Lake High School, 2929 Bay Area Blvd.
“The first show begins at 1:30 p.m. and the plays run back-to-back without any breaks,” said C.C. Kendall, whose Clear Lake High School students are hosting the event.
Admission is $5, which is good for one or all performances.
Each school is limited to 40 minutes of performance time, so schools often present “scenes from” full-length plays, with some parts omitted.
The entries, in order of performance, include Dickinson High’s abridged version of “A View from the Bridge” by Arthur Miller; Friendswood High’s Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead”; Clear Falls’ Rick Elice’s fanciful “Peter and the Starcatcher”; Clear Springs’ “Fire in the Hole” from Robert Schenkkan’s “The Kentucky Cycle”; “The Ice Makers,” written by Clear Creek High theater director Bradley Hewett; Alvin High’s “The Art of Dining” by Tina Howe; Clear Brook’s Qui Nguyen’s “She Kills Monsters” and Clear Lake’s Laura Lundgren Smith’s “Dark Road”
“We had a meet-and-greet in February for directors and their students to see our space, go over some procedures and ask any questions they might have,” said Kendall.
Participants got to measure and walk the stage, look at the lights, listen to the sound system and make plans to maximize their rehearsal time, she said.
“Afterwards, we had pizza and time for the kids to get to know each other,” said Kendall.
The host school plans to paint its stage black on March 15, per UIL rules that are intended to provide a level playing field for all schools.
For example, each school performs with the same gray “unit set” of flats, steps, ramps, pylons and platforms, which Clear Lake High School will provide.
Host students also will provide lighting, sound, loading and curtain operation for all entries, unless a school wants to handle those technical controls itself.
A panel of three adjudicators will critique each school’s entry, awards will be presented for acting, and the top three productions will return to CLHS on March 23 for bi-district competition.
The contest manager, Curt Meyer of Pearland, is a scenic/prop/sound designer at the College of the Mainland. He will present an overall tech crew award to one production.
The 6A UIL one-act play competition will culminate with the state finals April 25-26 at Round Rock ISD’s Performing Arts Center.
For further information about the March 21 and March 23 events at CLHS, call 281-284-1900.
Don Maines is a freelance writer who can be reached at email@example.com