One-Act Play

IMPORTANT: Advancing Plays must be certified online no later than midnight, April 2, 2017

2017-2018 Region I-AAA Schools  
Area Bi-District Schools

1 A 1. Canadian; Childress; Highland Park (Amarillo); River Road (Amarillo); Spearman; Tulia

1 A 2. Dimmitt; Friona; Idalou; Muleshoe; Roosevelt (Lubbock); Shallowater

1 B 3. Alpine; Crane; Kermit; Tornillo 

2 A 4. Ballinger; Grape Creek (San Angelo); Reagan County (Big Lake); Sonora; TLC Acad (San Angelo); Wall

1 B 5. Clyde; Coahoma; Colorado City; Jim Ned (Tuscola); Merkel; Stanton

2 A 6. Bangs; Brady; Coleman; Comanche; Dublin; Early

2 B 7. Breckenridge; Brock; Cisco; Eastland; Millsap; Peaster

2 B 8. Bowie; Boyd; City View (Wichita Falls); Henrietta; Holliday; Jacksboro; Nocona; Paradise

Regional Meet Director 
Michael Rasor
Abilene Christian University
ACU Box 27916
Abilene, TX 79699

Office Phone: 325-674-6943
FAX: 325-674-6831

Contest Manager
Bobby Robinson
1021 5th Street
Rule, TX 79547

Phone: 940-997-2156
FAX: 940-996-2159
Cell: 325-280-0035

Stage Manager
Cody Propps
Benjamin ISD
Benjamin, Texas

Assistant Stage Manager
Bre Marquis
Grape Creek ISD
Grape Creek, Texas

Contest Date
Friday, April 7, 2017

NOTE: Make certain that all changes have been entered in the online Entry System, and that you have completed and sent your MACHFORM to Mr. Robinson. Deadline is midnight, April 2, 2017.

Please email your PROGRAM COPY to Bobby Robinson at no later than 5:00 p.m., Monday, April 3, 2017. 

NOTE: ACU is the host university for and site of the Region I-AAA academic contests, but not the actual site of the One-Act Play contest. Clyde High School is the site for this contest. The Clyde High School campus is located off I-20, south, on the southwest side of the city of Clyde.

Naoma Huff Performing Arts Center
Clyde High School
500 Hays Road
Clyde, TX 79510

Directors of Naoma Huff Performing Arts Center - 325-893-2161

  • Gregg Wilson, Principal, Clyde High School –
  • (to schedule a visit to the site)  Simon Guerrero, Assistant Principal -
  • (for general information) Kara Barbee, Theatre Director –

View auditorium logistics and facilities

To find your way around campus, print out a Clyde High School campus map. The NHPAC is located on the southwest corner of the CHS campus, across from the softball field. Please park in the ag building parking lot, west of the NHPAC. 

Family and fans, please use the south door of Auditorium. Doors will open at about 1:05 p.m.

One-time admission to the One-Act Play Performances will be $10 for adults and $5 for students. Please ask your patrons to present bills no larger than $20, if possible.

Directors and company members (cast, crew, and alternates) and bus drivers participating in the Regional One-Act Play Contest will not be charged an admission fee, of course. Their tickets will be given at rehearsal. 

There will be two adult performance timers, and set and strike timers. The Stage Manager will time backstage.

TTAO Panel of Adjudicators:

David Crawford - 1211 Balmoral Drive - Tyler, TX 75703

Dr. Crawford has served as a critic judge for 40 years. He holds a PhD from Texas Tech University in Theatre with specialization in Directing, Acting, and Playwriting. He completed his graduate work at Stephen F. Austin State University and undergraduate degrees at North Texas State University and Tyler Junior College. David is an award-winning playwright with New York productions on his resume with publications through Player's Press. He has won the TETA Educator of the Year, Watson Wise Chair for Teaching Excellence, Baker Excellence in Teaching Award, and a Piper Nominee.

R. Scott Allen - 806 E. Houston Street - Highlands, TX 77562

Scott holds a BFA in Theatre with an emphasis on directing from Southwest Texas State University. He obtained his Masters of Education in Administration in 2001 and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership in 2006 from Sam Houston State University. Scott is currently the Principal of the High School for Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) in Houston ISD. Having been involved in high school OAP and having directed OAP for seven years, Scott now works around the state doing clinics and festivals for both OAP and speech competitions. In addition to his UIL OAP and Speech Involvement, Scott's background includes theatre work in New York and community theatre in Texas. He believes strongly in the educational value of the UIL OAP process and feels that a positive OAP experience teaches students unlimited life lessons. 

Ray Newburg - 2011 So. Washington Street, Music  Building 302

Teaching college theatre since 1996, and now at Amarillo College, Ray has been on the faculty of Tarrant County College and the University of Texas at Arlington. At AC, he has directed over thirty productions and designed over forty. TETA awarded him with the Educator of the Year for Community Colleges in 2004. Having judged and managed contests for twenty years from the Zone up to Region levels, Ray believes in UIL OAP as a guiding force in this state, and he is proud to be a part of the theatre education of so many students. 


Cast Guidelines

  • Dressing areas will be assigned as soon as possible. The dressing rooms will be classrooms located a few steps from the backstage entrances.
  • Because it will be a normal school day at Clyde, please be quiet in approaching and leaving dressing rooms during rehearsal and contest.
  • Place one responsible company member in charge of all valuables. Clyde HS cannot be held responsible for articles left in dressing rooms.
  • To save time, the Contest Manager will meet with the directors and companies in the dressing rooms prior to technical rehearsal, to get acquainted, take care of paperwork, and to address any concerns
  • Only the casts and crews will be allowed in the dressing room areas, except for the usual Clyde HS student hall traffic between classes.
  • Leave dressing rooms clean after use. Directors will be asked to sign a form, agreeing that his or her company will leave the dressing room in the same condition as it was upon initially entering.
  • Directors will be asked to sign a form, agreeing to leave his/her dressing room in the same condition as it was upon initially entering.


Technical Rehearsal order will be scheduled by the contest manager according to distance from Clyde HS - closest first, farthest last - whether a school spends the night locally on Thursday night or chooses to drive in that morning from its homecoming. 

Clyde High School Auditorium (NHPAC)
Friday, April 7, 2017
6:50 AM - 1:00 PM

Because of the very quick turnaround between Area and Regional, if directors wish to visit the Clyde auditorium prior to the contest, you must call the office (Mr. Simon Guerrero at 325-893-2161) to arrange an appointment. Please bring only the technicians or other directors, and you will not be able to rehearse before contest day. Show proper courtesy and do not just “show up” for this opportunity without calling ahead.

Rehearsal Information

  • If there is any question or concern, the latest edition (23rd) of the One-Act Play Handbook will be consulted. 
  • Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to scheduled rehearsal times at the west backstage door of the NHPAC to receive dressing room assignments and take care of paper work. 
  • You are required to bring the following items to rehearsal before you will be allowed to rehearse. The contest manager will collect and check them prior to your rehearsal:
    • 1. Entry Fee (Please make checks payable to Abilene Christian University) - $650 per school
    • 2. Integrity Script (not a photocopy) showing parts being performed and marked with music cues. This is identical and in addition to the scripts you will send to the three judges.
    • 3. Proof of Publisher's permission to produce, unless the play is in public domain.
    • 4. Proof of Payment of  Royalty, unless the play is in public domain.
    • 5. Proof of UIL Special Approval (i.e. Additions to the basic set, etc.), if required.
    • 6. Music Log. (You must use the online form at the UIL Drama website.)
    • 7. Community Standards Compliance Form, signed by an administrator.


Order of Rehearsals 
Rehearsal times are limited to 50 minutes, including setting, spiking, striking, and exiting.

Time of Rehearsal School Title of Play
1. 6:50-7:45 a.m.  Jim Ned HS “April Fish” 
2. 7:50-8:40 a.m.
 Cisco HS “Reckless” 
3. 8:55-9:45 a.m.
Bangs HS “The Balkan Women” 
4. 9:55-10:45 a.m.
Holliday HS “Horrid Massacre in Boston” 
5. 11:00-11:50 a.m.
Shallowater HS “The Gut Girls” 
6. 12:00-12:50 p.m.
  • Communication devices will be available at Clyde. Cell phones may not be used as company communication devices.
  • On-site personnel will be provided to assist with lights and sound.
  • The contest manager (Bobby Robinson) should be notified of all forfeits or possible conflicts. 940-997-2156 or 325-280-0035
  • HOUSE LIGHTS will be controlled from the booth by your crew.
  • STAGE WORK LIGHTS will be operated by your crew from BACKSTAGE left or right.


Cast Guidelines

  • You may gain entrance to your dressing room after 8:00 a.m.
  • Auditorium and stage will clear of all persons other than rehearsing company, including other school personnel and members of other schools.  You will have the auditorium to yourselves during rehearsal.
  • Carry hand props to and from rehearsal. Do not leave them on or near the stage.


DIRECTORS MEETING will begin at 1:05 on Friday, April 7, 2017, in the Makeup Room backstage right.

(The order was blind-drawn by the contest manager on January 10, 2017. Area 1 or 2 followed by play A, B, or C, in alphabetical order according to the first word of the title, not including A, An, or The.)

ORDER OF PERFORMANCE (Friday, April 7, 2016)  2:00 Start time      

Performance Order

Area 1 or 2 - Play A, B, or C






“The Gut Girls” 

Play #2



“Horrid Massacre in

Play #3



“The Diviners” 

Play #4



“The Balkan Women” 

Play #5



“April Fish” 

Play #6





Shows will run back to back.

This sequence will be followed by the Contest Manager (CM) and Contest Stage Manager (CSM):

  1. A contest staff member will call you and escort you to the rear stage door.
  2. After previous company has departed, the CSM will call you to enter.
  3. Take positions, then CSM will call your set.
  4. After your set, the Director(s) will exit to the house.
  5. Stage work lights OUT and Contest Manager will announce your show, then enter the House.
  6. CSM calls Light Cue to GO to BLACKOUT.
  7. CSM turns the show over to your Stage Manager.
  8. Your SM takes over to call your show to the end.
  9. After your production, the CM, Director(s), and your Technicians return backstage.
  10. CSM will call your strike.
  11. Following strike, the Contest Staff will resume their responsibilities.

Cast Guidelines:

  • Please be orderly in the classroom dressing rooms, hallways, and restrooms.
  • Once in costume and makeup, do not leave dressing rooms until called.
  • Do not enter auditorium in costume and makeup during other performances - no exceptions.
  • Observe all possible productions of other schools.
  • No one may enter while a performance is in progress.
  • Load out following the final show, with that show being first, and continuing in reverse order of presentation.
  • Please have a couple of company members return to the stage to help pull up your spike tape while the judge is deliberating.



Please dress accordingly for the awards ceremony. Shorts will be discouraged, as will be T-shirts, except for company T-shirts.

Awards will be presented about an hour and 15 minutes following the end of the final show. The two winning plays will advance to the 3A State Meet at the Bastrop ISD Performing Arts Center in Bastrop on Tuesday, April 7, 2017.

For information on the State meet, please visit:


The judges’ critiques will follow after the announcement of awards, according to distance from Clyde - furthest first - with the two advancing plays being critiqued last, as usual, even if schools are spending the night in Abilene.

Cast Guidelines:

  • We would appreciate your showing your good sportsmanship by limiting your in-house celebrations and ask those not attending the critiques to please exit the auditorium immediately following the ceremony.
  • Please accept and respect the decisions of the adjudicators.  Show them due courtesy, please. Any show of discourtesy will be reported to the State Drama Director.
  • Adjudicators will draw during the Directors Meeting to determine the two shows he or she will critique.  Oral critiques will be given concurrently, with the three adjudicators each moving to an area in the house separate and away from the other two to present the critiques.
  • All participating company members shall remain throughout the entire critique.
  • Anyone interested may attend the critiques.
  • Critiques should last 10 to 20 minutes each.