The Athens Review
Athens High School students strutted their theatrical stuff Thursday in Royse City. Results were expected to be known by early Friday.
It was the One-Act Play competition, which is part of the annual University Interscholastic League (UIL) competition. Results are not known at press time.
Athens High School Principal Jami Ivey said the UIL district in which AHS competes contains the schools for Mabank, Brownsboro, Canton, Van, Mineola and Athens.
“We’re very excited and proud,” Ivey said. “Individually, students can advance from here to Regional and then to State. And the One-Act Play competition wins the most points at the district level.”
The play, “Anne Boleyn” by Howard Brenton, has many characters. They are: Anne Boleyn (Jazmine Williams); King James I (Antonio Bojalil); Lord Robert Cecil (Kenyon Walker); George Villiers/Countryman (Jakeb Smith); Parrot/Countryman (Brent Gutierrez); Sloop/servant/Dean Reynolds (Mason Senyckyj); Servant/William Tyndale/Dean Andrewes (Robert Lenington); Lady Rochford (Brenda Juarez); Lady Celia/Country woman (Jessica Nickell); Lady Jane (Rachel Taylor); King Henry VIII (Scott Withers); Cardinal Wolsey/Henry Barrow (Jonathan Martin); Thomas Cromwell (Skyler Walker); Simpkin/Servant (Carter Ferrell); Servant/Lady/Countrywoman (Lexi Lassiter).
The crew includes Kacie Ingram, Kay Solomon, Leslie Hernandez, and Caroline Perryman with alternates Cindy Garcia, Giovanni Belleza, Karah Capps and Chris Prox.
Director is Maggie Mizell with Assistant Director Cindy Kling.
The setting is the Court of King Henry VIII (1527-1536) and the Court of King James (1603-1604).
The UIL website explains that the League's 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 through the 3-day, 40-production State Meet One-Act Play Contest.
The One-Act Play Contest is supported by more than 200 college and university faculty members serving as critic judges. The League's theatre program is considered by historians to be the foundation of educational and community theatre in Texas. It continues to be a major factor motivating increasing numbers of schools to offer theatre arts as an academic subject.
The UIL One-Act Play contest is a competition where similarly sized Texas schools present an 18-40 minute play, usually adjudicated by a single judge. The contest is held on a single day and open to the public.
There are five possible levels of competition: Zone, District, Area, Region, and State. At each level of competition the judge awards individual acting awards, as well as selecting two productions to advance to the next level of competition.
After the awards are announced, the Judge gives an oral critique to each of the schools.
Because of the wide participation and diversity of plays produced, certain rules and guidelines have been adopted by the State One-Act Play Office. These rules are in place to ensure safety, allow for equity, satisfy legal standards, and make the running of the contest practical.