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One Act Play

2016 Region III Conference 1A UIL One-Act Play Contest

CONTEST DATE: Friday, April 22, 2016
CONTEST LOCATION: Clyde Wells Fine Arts Center
Tarleton State University


Prudence Jones

Tarleton State University

(570) 561-9194 cell

(254) 968-9239 fax


Mark Holtorf

Tarleton State University

(254) 592-1239 cell

(254) 968-9239 fax

Michelle Howard-Schwind    Philip Morgan
Roger Schultz

Contest Information

Congratulations on winning the Area OAP contest.  Before doing anything else, call the REGION contest manager (Prudence Jones 254-968-9669) as soon as possible after the Area contest.  Leave a message with the director’s name, phone number, school, play title, and the other advancing school and play title from Area OAP so that preparations can be made for the Region contest. This information should also be emailed to

   Advancing plays must be certified online no later than midnight, April 16, 2016.

Be sure and check that all company information has been correctly verified.  After receiving the program template, please email a word document of the company information to

Have the following paperwork ready to present to the Contest Manager at your rehearsal

    Entry Fee: The fee for each school participating in the Region contest is $450.00. Remit this fee by school check made payable to UIL Region III A at contest rehearsal.  A school will not be allowed to compete until the entry fee is paid. If a school has difficulty getting a check in the short time between the Area and Region contests, a letter from an authorized school administrator stating that the entry fee is being processed will suffice. In that case, mail the check (made payable to UIL Region III A) to the attention of Donna Strohmeyer, Box T-1163, Stephenville, TX 76402.

    Proof of Royalty Payment, Publisher’s Permission to Cut, And State UIL Approval Letters: This includes documentation required for your performance such as permission for cutting long plays, play approval if the play is not on the approved list, letters of permission for additional scenery or any written clarifications from the State UIL office.  

    Script and Music Cue Log: Present a copy of the approved published original script, in addition to the one you have provided for the judge, marked to reflect the exact performance text being used. Prepare a music cue log sheet of incidental music, noted in the script showing the duration of each cue and the cumulative total.

Schools will rehearse in performance order. Performance order was determined by a random and witnessed draw with Area numbers and a letter A or B following. "A" refers to the play title in each Area that is first alphabetically, excluding articles. "B" is the play title in each district that is second alphabetically.

    Schools should unload at least 30 minutes prior to rehearsal time. Each school will have 1 hour uninterrupted, rehearsal time.  Performance times are approximate. Plays will run back-to-back with no intermission.

Thursday, April 21, 2016
4:00 p.m. Area 2, Play B
5:00 p.m. Area 1, Play C
6:00 p.m. Area 1, Play A
Friday, April 22, 2016
9:00 a.m. Area 2, Play C
10:00 a.m. Area 2, Play A
11:00 a.m. Area 1, Play B


Friday, April 22, 2016
1:00 p.m. Area 2, Play B
2:00 p.m. Area 1, Play C
3:00 p.m. Area 1, Play A
4:00 p.m. Area 2, Play C
5:00 p.m. Area 2, Play A
6:00 p.m. Area 1, Play B

Director’s meeting at 12:15 pm in the Green Room.

Arrive thirty minutes before the scheduled rehearsal time. Report to the loading door (look for the “UIL OAP” sign) behind the stage and notify the Contest Manager that your school has arrived.  Companies will be allowed to unload props/scenery before the rehearsal time begins, however, to remain on schedule schools must arrive early. Following the rehearsal, schools may leave props/scenery in the designated storage spaces.

The basic UIL one-act play unit set will be available at the site and will be stored off stage. There are two doors, one French door and two window units available. Schools may bring all the scenic/property elements that are needed, and approved, but not provided by the contest site.

Each school will have a dressing room assigned for their use during the contest in the fine arts wing. Handicapped accessible restrooms/dressing rooms are located nearby.  Each school may unload into their dressing room space the day of the contest. Please keep and leave the dressing rooms and restrooms clean and neat.

The lights are preset for 19 areas according to the light plot diagram, which will be emailed to the advancing plays. The light board is an ETC.  Technicians may also program or adjust cues during the rehearsal time or run the board off sub-masters.  A red, green and blue general color stage wash will be available. Two follow spots are available in the balcony. The light booth is located in the back of house with access stairs house left. Headsets with access to both stage left and stage right will be available.

There are CD players available for use located in the light booth. There is also capability to run cues from an MP3 device.  Companies may, however, bring their own portable system to be used backstage.

Plaques will be presented to the two advancing plays and the alternate play. Individual medals will be given to best actor and actress, all-star cast, honorable mention, and outstanding tech crew.

The critique is a very important part of the OAP process. Please be courteous, attentive, and receptive toward the judges and other casts. The critiques will be given according to geography with the farthest school being first. The two advancing shows will be critiqued last.