By: STO Piper Daniell, Midway High School, Troupe 4770, and STO Gentry Phillips, Springtown High School, Troupe 1494
One Act Play has definitely looked different this year. With COVID-19 being an ever present fear, schools had to problem solve and think creatively in order to give the green light on their shows. Thus far, schools have competed in Zone, District, Bi-District, and Area competitions. That leaves Region to be conquered next.
Ah yes Region, the second scariest competition (State takes first place of course). These shows displayed a great amount of determination at the hands of the people who are running them. They worked tirelessly, actors, technicians, and directors alike, to make their show the best it can possibly be. We applaud you and are so proud of you!
After Region is state, the part of One Act Play everyone has collective dreams (and nightmares) about. This is the thing everyone has been working towards all of second semester. To move onto State is a great honor and privilege. For everyone competing in State, congratulations and break a leg!
So, where does that leave the rest of us? Do we just throw away our shows forever and forget this ever happened? No, of course not! Whether your school made it all the way or not, be proud of it! Your hard work and dedication speaks volumes, especially in the world's current climate. Theatre has the power to afflict the comfortable, and comfort the afflicted. Your show made an impact on someone. It might be your director, a cast mate, an audience member, or even yourself. That impact is something to truly celebrate!
We are so proud of all of you!
Your 2020 & 2021 Texas State Thespian Officers