Theatrical Design Students to Compete at State Competition

Apr 06, 2021

Four Frisco ISD students have qualified for the state UIL Theatrical Design Contest which will be held digitally this year.

Students submitted their designs in February after researching the 1965 musical Man of La Mancha, the 2020-21 theatrical design directorial prompt. Man of La Mancha by Dale Wasserman, Joe Darion and Mitch Leigh was inspired by Don Quixote written by Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century. It is considered the first novel and one of the greatest pieces of literature of all time.

Man of La Mancha provided students conceptual parameters from which they could develop design concepts.

Each area of competition has its own unique set of challenges related to Man of La Mancha that exemplify the cross-disciplinary understanding required of each student.

Students who competed in the costume design challenge submitted an inspiration board, full-colored renderings of multiple characters that included swatches and a justification paper explaining their design choices.

Students who entered the set design competition considered the single location of the prison that is transformed by Cervantes for his different charades using items from his belongings and items already on hand around the scene. Students created several renderings of the prison setting and described the changes throughout the play in their justification paper. 

The marketing challenge included an inspiration board, marketing calendar, original poster and playbill. The students also wrote a justification paper pulling together their submissions to explain how everything will work together to bring audiences in for the production.

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the high school UIL Theatrical Design Contest this year, especially the following students who have been recognized as State Finalists. Best of luck at State!

  • Shea Barnes of Lebanon Trail High School for Set Design 

  • Isabel Jedmears of Memorial High School for Marketing Design 

  • Alffy Joseph of Heritage High School for Costume Design 

  • Ananya Kulkarni of Liberty High School for Set Design

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