Marble Falls one-act play enters regional competition

Marble Falls High School Theater Arts students in the 2022 College Interscholastic League One-Act Playground Competition. The cast and crew of “A Monster Calls” will compete in the Region IV competition , just one level below the state, on Friday, April 22, at Southwest High School, 11914 Dragon Lane in San Antonio. Courtesy picture

After being named alternates in a bi-district competition, Marble Falls High School Theater Arts students move on to the University Interscholastic League Region IV One-Act Play Competition with their production of “A Monster Calls” from the National Theatre.

The competitive performance in the regional competition, which will determine whether cast and crew qualify for the state, takes place Friday, April 22 at Southwest High School, 11914 Dragon Lane in San Antonio. Back-to-back performances begin at 1 p.m. Marble Falls takes the stage at 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 cash only at the door.

In preparation for the upcoming competition, the one-act team will be hosting a local performance at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20 in the auditorium at Marble Falls High School, 2101 Mustang Drive. Admission is $5.

For the past five years, the high school’s one-act team has risen to the regional level. The students won second place in last year’s UIL competition. This year, however, has been “an unorthodox journey,” according to Jon Clark, a high school theater arts teacher and one-act play director.

The UIL One-Act Competition has five levels of competition: district, bi-district, zone, regional and state. At the March 24 bi-district competition, the one-act team from Marble Falls was named an alternate, meaning they would not advance.

“We thought our season was over,” Clark said. “We got second place in the state last year, so you’re expected to at least get closer to the state, and the bi-district is just the second round. Just when we made peace with (the decision), I got a phone call from the director of the state theater, who said we were going to the area.

After an outstanding performance in the April 2 regional contest, the cast and crew of Marble Falls qualified for the regional contest.

“In fact, to be this really crazy, once-in-a-lifetime school telling its story all over again after being named substitute is so rare,” Clark said. “We are very, very lucky.”

The students who won individual awards in the region were:

  • Ruth Faehnle, star technician
  • Maddie Way, all-star cast, honorable mention
  • Earta Bislimi, all-star cast
  • Kaleb Pounds, star cast

Stay up to date with the cast and crew’s progress by visiting the Marble Falls High School Theater Facebook page and Twitter page.

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