Local Schools Scheduled To Compete In 2008-09 One-Act-Play Competitions
The Houston Independent School District will begin the new school year with the largest competitive theater program in the nation. More than 40 schools, including middle and high schools, are scheduled to compete in University Interscholastic League One Act Play competitions in the 2008-09 school year.
Local schools participating include Johnston Middle School, Lanier Middle School, Pershing Middle School, Pin Oak Middle School, Rice School, Bellaire High School and Lamar High School.
“There has been tremendous growth in the number of campuses participating in the program from last year particularly among middle schools,” said HISD Manager of UIL Theatre, Travis Springfield. “Last year, there were six middle schools competing in the middle school version of the contest. For the 2008-2009 school year, fifteen campuses have already officially registered with several additional schools considering adding the program for their students as well. The high school contests will include entries from twenty-five campuses.”
According to Springfield, there are plans to add several new events to the HISD UIL calendar in the near future including a middle school Theatrical Design Contest and Elementary Dramatic Arts Festivals for both English and Spanish speaking students.
“We are very excited about the direction of the UIL Theatre Program in HISD. We hope to continue expanding our programs so that students at all campuses will have the choice to participate in theatrical activities,” said Springfield.
According to the University Interscholastic League Web site, the UIL One-Act Play Contest, founded in 1927, is the largest high school play production contest or play festival in the world. More than 14,000 Texas high school students in more than 1,000 plays participate in 300 plus contests, which take place from the beginning of March and culminate with the state competition, which lasts three days and features 40 one act plays.
The One-Act Play Contest is supported by more than 200 college and university faculty members serving as critic judges. In addition to the high school contest, the league also sponsors a junior high version of the contest.