Waxahachie theater students placed second in the UIL One-Act Play 6A area contest and will compete tomorrow in regionals at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Waxahachie competed against a tough field in the area contest that included, Keller Central, Mansfield, Flower Mound, Hebron and South Grand Prairie high schools.

“By far the most difficult area contest we have been a part of,” said theater director Andy Reynolds. “Huge schools with fantastic programs all did their best show that afternoon and evening. Our kids stepped up to the plate and weren’t intimidated by our new 6A surroundings. They left it all on the stage and told a beautiful story.”

“Our region will be a hefty task, but our kids are up to the challenge," he added.

The students performed the production, “The Runner Stumbles,” at The Colony High School on April 3.

McKensi Bryce received an all-star tech award, and Kamerann Burney received honorable mention. Madeline Condor and Jaden Patterson earned all-star cast recognition.

WHS will compete against Arlington Martin, Midland, Hebron, Lubbock and Keller Central high schools at the 6A Region II contest that begins at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The top two teams of each region will qualify for the state contest, which will take place on April 26 at Round Rock ISD.

In the 6A classification, the top eight schools compete at this level. Harlingen South won state last year and this year’s state judges are Margaret Valenta-Davis, Jill Ludington and Charles Falcon.

Last year, WHS finished as the second runner up in the 5A state meet with its production of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.”

Red Oak High School One-Act Play students will also advance to the regional contest after placing second overall at their 5A area meet.

Individuals that received recognition at the area level included Emma Cottrell and Andrew Davis for all-star cast, Devin Wilcox for honorable mention and Aviery Boone for all-star crew.

"This team of young artists keeps finding new ways to surprise us," said ROHS theater teacher Joseph Thomas. "They are representing the best of Red Oak High School all across Texas."

Red Oak chose to perform the production, “Digging Up the Boys,” and competed against Lindale, Kaufman and Midlothian high schools at the area meet. Last year, ROHS ended its competition season at the region-level.

ROHS will compete at Prosper High at noon on Tuesday against Denison, Frisco, Lovejoy, Kaufman and Lindale High Schools.

Last year, Corpus Christi Tuloso-Midway won the 5A classification with the show “Moon Over Buffalo.”

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