One Act Play & Theatrical Design
One Act Play
University Interscholastic League One-Act Play is a competition that hundreds of theatre departments across the state of Texas compete in. The OAP is one of Lovejoy’s most advanced shows made up of the most devoted and passionate actors and technicians in our department. The One-Act auditions are held in or around December and the competition may continue through April. The length of the experience may vary depending on the number of advancements. OAP is a 40-minute show with a 7-minute set up and strike time. One-Act Set usually consists of the official, grey OAP set pieces. If you would like to learn more about UIL OAP and the rules for the performances, please visit the UIL website: http://www.uiltexas.org/
Video: Overview of UIL OAP with Luis Muñoz - http://bit.ly/p26UiB
If auditioning for one-act, be prepared for a lot of rehearsals. You will spend most of your spring break at the school, but it will also be one of the best spring breaks you’ve ever had!
Keep your grades up. If you fail a class, you can’t perform and have to be removed from the show.
Contest will not be held at LHS. The performance venue is TBD. Consequently, OAP is always flexible and portable by nature.
There are many levels of advancement at UIL OAP, including district, bi-district, area, region, state, so performance times and dates vary depending on level of advancement.
Sometimes the critique from clinicians and judges can seem harsh, so always give others around you compliments on their performance. We all need it sometimes.
Ms. Brewster’s birthday is during One-Act season (March 23rd). Never forget it and always throw her a party!
Only audition if you are able to be 100% dedicated to the show and can maintain a flexible schedule.
At competitions, be respectful of other school’s shows. Please remember that everyone is trying their hardest and we should support them for that. Save your critiquing for the bus!
Treat every competition official with respect. This includes contest managers, judges, and local technicians.
OAP students are held to a high standard and are expected to maintain the graduate profile.
Students are able to participate in a theatrical design competition sponsored by UIL. Each year, a prompt will be released. A play or book will be chosen and everyone is required to use this play/book. The 2020-2021 selected show is Murder on the Orient Express.
Students can submit designs in costumes, make-up, marketing, and set design. This allows students a way to get their creativity flowing and gives them an opportunity to showcase their talents in technical theatre. Students can either work individually or can work as a group. The work also includes inspiration boards and justification papers. There are special rules for costuming, set, and marketing.
You must have a theatre teacher mentor/sponsor you, so if you are interested in the theatrical design competition talk to Ms. Brewster. There is a very specific format for how designs have to be submitted.
For information on what the current play is and to see past submissions visit: http://www.uiltexas.org/theatre/theatrical-design
Technical Design Awards:
State Qualifier 2013
2nd place – State, 2014
UIL Grades & Eligibility Guidelines
Lovejoy Theatre students pride themselves on maintaining a high level of academic work. We encourage students to not just meet the minimum, but to do their best work in reaching their academic potential in all classes, not just in Theatre classes.
As is the case with all other extracurricular activities in the state of Texas, “no pass, no play” is in effect. Therefore, in order to remain a part in a play/musical, every member is required to meet basic UIL eligibility rules.
If your grades don’t meet the necessary requirements, you WILL be removed until you meet the minimum state required eligibility requirements- even if you are the lead part in the performance.
We encourage all students to be proactive, rather than reactive in maintaining academic health or in asking for help. Let Brewster know at the first hint of a concern. They are not looking to punish you, but to help get you back on track and do your best. Asking for a “bail out” in the last days before a grading period is unacceptable.
Please know all classes should have a morning and afternoon set of tutorials for each course offered. Tutorials do not necessarily have to be with your teacher, simply with another member of that department. It is strongly encouraged that you attend a tutorial that does not conflict with rehearsal, however if necessary, we will make arrangements for you to attend tutorials and make-up sessions as necessary in order to bring you back up to an acceptable and eligible academic level.
Also, behavior plays an active role in a member’s ability to remain in a production. A significant number of behavioral issues, such as Academic Recovery or suspensions of any kind may lead to removal from a production, or, given the severity of the issue, the department. The Lovejoy theatre program has high expectations for the conduct of its members, so please keep this in mind at all times!
No Pass, No Play
Students must be eligible under no pass, no play. Extracurricular activities include public performances, contests, demonstrations, displays and club activities. An activity would be considered extracurricular if:
the activity is competitive;
the activity is held in conjunction with another activity that is considered extracurricular;
the general public is invited;
an admission price is charged.
Exception: If a student is enrolled in a state-approved course in which he or she must demonstrate mastery of the essential knowledge and skills in a public performance, then he or she may participate so long as the activity is not competitive, it is not held in conjunction with another activity that is competitive, and an admission price is not charged. For example, a theatre student may participate in a non-competitive, free presentation of a one-act play in which the public is invited to attend.
Basics of No Pass, No Play
Must be passing all courses (except identified advanced classes).
Students lose eligibility for a three-week period, which is defined as 15 class days. Exception: one but only one of the three school weeks may consist of only three or four class days, provided the school has been dismissed for a scheduled holiday period. Two class days does not constitute a school week. Exception: Thanksgiving if schools are on holiday Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
School week begins at 12:01 a.m. on the first instructional day of the calendar week and ends at the close of instruction on the last instructional day of the calendar week (excluding holidays).
Ineligible students must wait seven (7) calendar days after a three-week evaluation period and the grading period to regain eligibility.
Students may regain eligibility an unlimited number of times throughout the school year. Passing means a minimum grade of 70 on all courses (except identified advanced classes).
Note: Spring break can't be part of the 3-week evaluation process. All students are eligible during spring break.
UIL Eligibility Calendar, '22-'23
The eligibility determination dates for the 2022-2023 school year are as follows:
Friday, September 23, 2022 – 1st Six Week period ends
Students lose eligibility on Friday, September 30, 2022 at the time the regular school day normally ends. (Schools on 9-week grading periods must check at the end of the first 6 weeks of the school year and students can lose or regain eligibility. The next grade check for a 9-week grading period will occur at the end of the 9-week grading period Thursday, October 6, 2022; even if it is more or less than 3 weeks). The student will regain/lose eligibility based on academic grades on Monday, October 17 at the end of the regular school day.
Friday October 28, 2022 – 3-week evaluation period ends
Students may regain eligibility on Friday, November 4, 2022 at the time the regular school day normally ends provided a passing grade in all courses on October 28, 2022.
Thanksgiving Holiday –from the time school is dismissed on November 18, 2022 until classes resume on November 28, 2022 all students are eligible. November 18 is 3-Week Grade check, students passing on November 18th are eligible at the end of the school day on December 2nd.
Thursday, December 15, 2022 – 2nd Nine Week Grading Period Ends
Students regain or lose eligibility on Friday, January 6 at the time the regular school day normally ends.
December Holidays – from the time school is dismissed on December 15, 2022 until classes resume on January 6, 2023, all students are eligible.
Friday, January 20, 2023 – 3-week evaluation period ends
Students may regain eligibility on Monday, January 30, 2023 at the time the regular school day normally ends provided a passing grade in all courses on Friday, January 20, 2022.
Friday, February 10, 2023 - 3-week evaluation period ends
Students passing on Friday, February 10, 2023 are eligible at the end of the school day on Thursday, February 16.
Friday, March 3, 2023 – 3rd Nine Week Grading Period Ends
Students regain or lose eligibility on Friday, March 17, 2023 at the time the regular school day normally ends.
Spring Break – from the time school is dismissed on March 3, 2023 until classes resume on March 13, 2023, all students are eligible.
Friday, March 31, 2023 – 3-week evaluation period ends
Students may regain eligibility on Thursday, April 6, 2023 at the time the regular school day normally ends provided a passing grade in all courses on March 31, 2023.
Friday, April 21, 2023 - 3-week evaluation period ends
Students passing on Friday, April 21, 2023 are eligible at the end of the school day on Friday, April 28, 2023.
Friday May 26, 2023 – 4th Nine Week Grading Period Ends (Last day of school)
All students regain eligibility at the time of dismissal on the last day of school if they pass all courses for the semester.
Texas Thespian Festival
LOVEJOY THESPIAN TROUPE #8345
The International Thespian Society (ITS) is the Educational Theatre Association’s student honorary organization. ITS recognizes the achievements of high school and middle school theatre students. Since 1929, EdTA has inducted more than 2 million Thespians into ITS. That number continues to grow, with more than 36,000 students from around the country being inducted each year.
Having a Thespian troupe at Lovejoy raises the profile and stature of our theatre program, making both your school and community aware of your activities and success. Having this honor status recognized by an international organization lends additional weight to the honor, making it a valuable addition to any student’s resume.
ITS celebrates the work of all theatre student artists and technicians. This includes students who perform as well as students who prefer technical or staff positions. Our suggested point system reflects this sensibility. ITS values a well-rounded theatre education as well, so we recommend that all students be required to earn points over the course of more than one production and in more than one discipline. In fact most inductees earn points in several fields, i.e. performance, set construction, publicity, and make-up.
IT IS THE MISSION OF THESPIAN TROUPE 8345 TO WELCOME ALL STUDENTS OF THEATRE AND ENCOURAGE THOSE WHO SHARE A PASSION FOR OUR CRAFT. WE AIM TO GROW PROFESSIONALLY, PUSH OURSELVES ARTISTICALLY, AND EXPLORE THE DEPTHS OF THEATRE ARTS THROUGH PERFORMANCE AND TECHNICAL PRODUCTION. THROUGH CAMARADERIE, COLLABORATION, AND COMPASSION, THE LOVEJOY THESPIANS WILL UTILIZE A STRONG WORK-ETHIC AND A GROWTH MINDSET TO SUSTAIN A SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM BUILT ON THE LEGACIES OF THE PAST AND THE PROMISES OF THE FUTURE.
Students can earn an invitation to be inducted into the Thespian Society by earning the required number of points. Meetings are usually held monthly in F105 or the Black Box Theater.
For More information, visit: https://www.texasthespians.org/