One Act Play To Compete At District


Melchior (Frankie Ray) and Moritz (Ryder Brewton) discuss their troubles and misunderstandings.

The theatre productions class is preparing to start the competition circuit for UIL One Act Play. They will be performing their show, “The Awakening of Spring” on March 11 at 4:30 P.M. on the Amarillo College campus, and will be competing against five other schools in the surrounding district for the chance to advance on to bi-district.

The all day competition consists of a seven minute set up of the set, a 40 minute performance, and a seven minute break down of the set. Teams who go over time in any category, it is cause for immediate disqualification. After all schools have performed their shows an awards ceremony will follow, where they will announce individual awards, and the advancing schools. Some of the individual awards include honorable mention, all-star cast and best performer (of which there are only two).

“The Awakening of Spring” set in 1890s’ Germany follows the story of youth, and the consequences that may come about if we withhold information from them. The main characters, Moritz, Melchoir and Wendla, struggle to navigate their adolescence in different ways, be it love, sex or knowledge of the world. These “awakenings” serve to tell a story of loss and growth, and to warn against what adults think may save their kids, but could very well be their death sentence.

“My favorite part of one act is the friendships that are built backstage,” junior student Mason Freeman said.

The One Act Play is directed by theater teachers Cy Scroggins and Emmy Estes.

“I am most excited to see our kids come together to put on a great show,” Scroggins said.

The entire cast has been working on this show since January of 2022, and are excited to put it on stage for an audience.