One Act Play
Department of Theatre
Work Phone: 325-670-1404 (voice mail available)
Please contact Dean Nolen with questions prior to the contest (email contact is preferred). Understand that he is a full-time faculty member.
HSU will provide
the basic unit set as described in The Handbook for One-Act Play Directors,
Judges and Contest Managers, except for Door Units, Window, and French Door
Units. Nine lighting/acting areas will
be provided in addition to a red, blue and green stage wash. There is a front curtain. A scale floor plan will be sent to those
schools advancing to region from area. HSU will also provide a Contest Management
crew consisting of a stage manager, assistant stage manager, two
timekeepers/inspectors, lighting technician and sound technician. Each contesting team (maximum of 5) must
provide its own shift crew and stage manager to call light and sound cues and a
light and sound technician to run lights and sound.
HSU has an ETC Insight 3 computerized lighting
control console. You are welcome to send
your lighting cues ahead of time. This
will save time in your rehearsal period. If you wish to have your lighting cues
programmed into the board ahead of time:
- Go through your script and write each cue down.
- Designate which lighting areas need to be on in each cue.
- Designate at what intensity you wish those areas to be, eg. 50%, 75%, etc.
- Designate how fast or slow you wish your cues to fade up and down; default fade time is 3 seconds.
- Designate any color wash to be included in each cue by percentage also.
The lighting and sound control boards are on the
balcony rail of Behrens Chapel. A
headset will be available for you to communicate with the backstage area. You may use your own headsets if you wish.
can be on CD if you wish to use HSU sound equipment. You may also bring your own CD players, tape
players, ipods and/or laptops to patch into the system. If you wish to do this you MUST have a one-quarter inch male plug
for each channel to insert into the system.
All the masking curtains are black, the
midstage traveler is black.The Grand
Drape is gold.
Men's and women's dressing rooms are located
back stage left and are available for all companies to use during the
performance of your play. Each has toilet,
sink and mirrors. These restrooms/dressing
rooms/ make-up rooms are only available to your company during your
The UIL unit set pieces will be stored
in the backstage right area of the theatre while individual show props and
pieces will be stored in the "Preparation Area" upstage of the
midstage traveler. The contest
management crew will provide guidance in the specific storage area assigned to
Items may be loaded into the scene shop 30
minutes before your Friday rehearsal time. The scene shop entrance and drive are on the south side of the
building.Once items are removed from
vehicles/trailers, please clear this area and park vehicles/trailers in the
large dorm parking lot located east of the theatre. Each cast will be provided with a dressing
room area.Each area will have chairs,
table with make-up mirror and lights sufficient to make-up six actors at a
time, and a changing screen. Cast and
crew may place items in the dressing areas immediately following their
rehearsal period and must leave following the final rehearsal period. The dressing areas will be available for use
at noon on Saturday.
Rehearsals begin at 1:00 PM April 19, 2013 and
will continue on the hour until all plays are rehearsed. The hour of the rehearsal will begin once the
company steps over the threshold of the scene shop doors into the stage
proper. Please be in the scene shop area
ready to go 10 minutes prior to your rehearsal time. Each school must bring its own spike tape in
school colors. Notify Dean Nolen via
email regarding the color being used to insure there is no duplication. Dean Nolen will arrange the rehearsal order,
noting those cast members entered in a conflicting speech event Friday
afternoon. Regional entries must bereceived
before the rehearsal schedule can be determined. Each school will be notified by Dean Nolen
regarding rehearsal and performance times.
The Director's Meeting will be Saturday, April 20,
2013 at 3:00 PM in the Greenroom backstage. Please have all of your permission slips, royalty notices, etc. at this
will be Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 4:00 PM and run back to back until all six
schools are finished. House will be open
for seating at 3:00 PM. To insure
fairness, the performance order is determined by the OAP Contest Director well
before the contests occur. Directors
must inform the Contest Manager of any circumstances that should be considered
when establishing performance order.
Casts will be brought
to the north or south stairwell entrance in preparation for set-up and performance. Following the performance, the cast and crew
will strike the UIL set to its proper place and strike their set and props to
the scene shop. The vehicle/trailer
should be in the driveway at this time to immediately load the set for
transport home. Once the set is loaded,
the vehicle/trailer should be returned to the parking lot to clear the driveway
for the next load-out. Cast and crew may
return to their dressing area. Following
the performance and during the judge’s deliberation time, the cast and crew
should make every effort to pack up everything in the dressing area to
facilitate load-out at that time or immediately after critiques.
No cameras, video recorders, or tape
recorders will be allowed in the theatre during performances. No one will be admitted to the theatre while
a performance is underway. No tobacco use
will be allowed in any university building.
Awards and Critiques
The announcement of winners, all-star cast and
the presentation of awards plus the oral critiques will follow the last
performance as soon as the judge is ready. Advancing plays will not be ranked. Trophies are given to these schools and one to the alternate school
(announced or unannounced according to everyone's wishes). There will be medals for the Best Actor and
Actress, 8 All Star Cast and 8 Honorable Mention.
will follow the awards ceremony. ALL
COMPANIES are encouraged to attend the critique session. If
this is not possible, Dean Nolen
must be notified in advance.
One-Act Handbook Review
Please review the information found in the UIL
OAP Handbook and the 2013 Addendum regarding advancing plays, and be sure to bring evidence that you
have made all necessary royalty payments to the publisher of your play. Bring permission also from the State Office
for the use of special pieces and properties, as applicable. If you are producing scenes from a long play,
you must show written approval from the publishers. Your music log and integrity script are required at rehearsal. Bring your signed "Standard Compliance Form."