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The Wimberley High School
Lone Star Theatre's

One-Act Play Festival

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Last spring, Wimberley High School's Lone Star Theatre students won the 2001 State AAA UIL One-Act Play Contest. Then, just for fun, most of these students spent six weeks of their summer vacation preparing and performing two Shakespeare plays in the Shakespeare Under the Stars program at the EmilyAnn Theatre. They started off the 2001-2002 school year by performing several children's plays for the younger students in the Wimberley schools. And just about a month ago, in December 2001, they presented their fall play, the delightful post-World War II era comedy "The Teahouse of the August Moon" in nightly performances for six nights running. That is a demanding schedule - these kids are tough. But the LST students are not resting on their laurels. Their first day back at school after the Christmas holidays, these kids were auditioning for the one-act play that WHS entered in the 2002 AAA UIL One-Act Play Contest-rehearsals beginning the next week.

This year for the OAP contest the LST students presented "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller. Although the play is ostensibly about the Salem Witch Trails of 1692, this and Miller's other works were inspired by the current events of his day. Miller used his works of art to express his philosophical and political points of view. First produced on Broadway on January 22, 1953, "The Crucible" was written by Miller in response to the panic caused by the irrational fear of Communism during the Cold War, which ultimately resulted in the anti-Communist hearings by Senator Joseph McCarthy that started on Feb. 3, 1953. The setting is centuries old, the play is almost 50 years old, but the subject matter is as current as today's headlines.

The state champion cast was led by the husband/wife directing team of J. Gary Wyatt and Lydia Miller-Wyatt, who were honored as Educators of the Year in January 2001 by the Texas Educational Theatre Association. Known for their competence in all areas of theatre production, the students constructed and managed the set, made costumes and props, and ran lights and sound for the production.

To give themselves and others a chance to better prepare for the rigors of the UIL One-Act Play competition, WHS Lone Star Theatre hosts a one-act plays festival each year. Twenty schools are invited to perform before seasoned UIL one-act competition judges, under true UIL contest conditions, and receive critiques from the adjudicators that can help them make necessary adjustments and refinements to their one-act play entries before the real competition begins a month or so later. 

This year's WHS Lone Star Theatre One-Act Play Festival began Wednesday, February 27th and ran through Saturday, March 2nd, from 1 p.m. until all schools scheduled for that day finished their performances (approximately 7 p.m. each day). The tentative lineup of participating schools was:

A. Maceo Smith H.S. (Dallas) - 4A
Medina Valley H.S. - 4A
Comfort High School - 2A
Hays High School - 5A
Hondo High School - 3A
Lampasas High School - 4A
Poth High School - 2A
Devine High School - 3A
Hutto High School - 2A
Jourdanton High School - 3A
Lake Travis High School - 4A
San Marcos High School - 4A
Luling High School - 3A
Kerrville-Tivy High School - 4A
Bandera High School - 3A
Lytle High School - 3A
McAllen High School - 5A
Llano High School - 3A
LaVernia high School - 3A
Odessa High School - 5A 

Performances began at 1 p.m. each day and ran back-to-back until all schools participating that day had performed. Each performance lasted from 40 minutes to one hour, and breaks between performances were only a few minutes long. According to UIL rules, once a performance begins the theatre is locked and no one is admitted until the performance has ended.

The LST students performed "The Crucible" on Tuesday, February 26th (the day before Festival 2002 begins) at 7 p.m., and at approximately 6 p.m. each day of Festival (Wednesday, February 27th through Saturday, March 2nd). 

All performances were at the WHS Lone Star Theatre, 100 Carney Lane (at the intersection of FM 2325 Blanco Road and Carney Lane) in Wimberley, Texas. Admission was $6.

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