One-Act Trailblazers Advance to State Contest

May 02, 2022

LTHS OAP group photoOf the 260 schools that competed in the 5A UIL One-Act Play contest this year, only eight companies advance to state. For two consecutive years, one of those troupes has been from Lebanon Trail High School. 

Lebanon Trail theater will return to Round Rock in May to compete at state, where for the first time since before the pandemic, the contest will be in front of a live audience.

The company has been rehearsing the 40 minute one-act play “The Cover of Life,” a realistic family drama, since January. “The Cover of Life” is set in rural Louisiana in 1943 and is a charming play following the journey of several characters who struggle to find their self-worth in a male-dominated world.

Co-Directors Michael Hollomon and John Davenport are incredibly proud of the students and their accomplishments.

“It’s rare to compete at state once in high school but to do it twice in consecutive years, a first for any FISD school, it’s fantastic,” Hollomon said. “When you qualify for state and compete at this level, you’ve already reached an incredible achievement.”

In a contest that would seemingly be wrought with stress, Hollomon and Davenport are encouraging the students to rest and take care of themselves physically and mentally.

“The students are passionate, dedicated and determined,” Hollomon said. “We want them to be natural on the stage and know that they have all the skills, passion and technique they need.” 

Best of luck to Lebanon Trail on their future performance at state and congratulations to them and theater students at Independence High School, who also received several honors at the regional and area contests:

LTHS cast on stage

Regional Contest Results 

Best Performer Awards - Julia Raley (LTHS)

All-Star Technician Awards - Deepti Kousik (IHS), Karsyn Meyerson (LTHS)

All-Star Cast Acting Awards - Brendan Behm (IHS), Allison Crowe (LTHS), Brianna Willingham (LTHS)

Honorable Mention Acting Awards - Sawyer Bell (IHS), Saanvi Sreejit (LTHS)

Area Contest Results

Advancing Schools - Lebanon Trail High School and Independence High School

Best Performer Awards - Julia Raley (LTHS)

Best Crew Award - Lebanon Trail High School

All-Star Technician Awards - Mason Mizell (LTHS), Eric Tinkler (IHS)

All-Star Cast Acting Awards - Sawyer Bell (IHS), Brianna Willingham (LTHS)

Honorable Mention Acting Awards - Brendan Behm (IHS), Allison Crowe (LTHS), Isabella Robbins (IHS)

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