Waxahachie High School’s UIL one-act play has cleared the first hurdle for a return to the state competition after advancing out of the zone meet Tuesday night.

“We got great reviews. (The judge) thought our performance was better than last year’s ‘The Beggar’s Opera,’ which we took to state,” WHS theater director Andy Reynolds said. 

This year’s one-act play is a compressed version of William Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” with Reynolds saying the zone judge was impressed with the adaptation put forward by the WHS students.

WHS next competes this Friday at the district competition, which will be held at Ennis High School. The WHS production will be performed at 2:30 p.m. Those attending should plan to be in their seats by 2:15 p.m.; admission is free to the district competition.

WHS is one of four one-act plays slated for Friday’s competition and will be the first one performed for the judge that afternoon. Also presenting their one-act plays will be Ennis, Forney and Mesquite Poteet high schools.

WHS has qualified for state competition twice in the last three years alone – and Reynolds said his cast and crew are feeling confident as they move forward to the next round.

He does encourage local supporters of WHS theater to attend the district competition if at all possible, however. It will come down to one judge’s opinion – but having multiple supporters on hand provides an enthusiastic audience for the WHS one-act play members to direct their efforts toward with this comedy.

“We feed off of the energy; it only helps us,” Reynolds said, saying WHS enjoyed a great crowd of supporters on hand for the zone competition Tuesday. “We’d love to see all of our wonderful patrons that support us throughout the year make the trek to Ennis. The more people that are there the better it is for us.”

At Tuesday’s zone performance, besides advancing to the next level of the UIL competition, WHS took home eight of the 18 acting/crew awards handed out.

WHS honorees included:

Best Tech – Laci Andrews

Honorable Mention – Hannah Ritchie

Honorable Mention – Jesse Crist

Honorable Mention – Laurie Lizarraga

Honorable Mention – Eric Henry

All-Star Cast – Sterling Horning

All-Star Cast – Cole Miller

Best Actress – Morgan Calvert

Best Actor – Taylor Wright

Two schools will advance to the area round from Friday’s competition.

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