Theatrical Design Students Ready to Compete at State UIL

Apr 06, 2022

Congratulations to the nine students representing Frisco, Heritage, Liberty, Wakeland who have qualified for the state UIL Theatrical Design Contest! 

Students submitted their designs for consideration after researching Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express” adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig. The theatrical design directorial prompt provided a rich canvas for the student designers to stretch their wings while adhering to the time and place settings.

Students had to dig deep into their analysis and historical research to find and understand the details of the characters and to convey them in a way that transports an audience into the story. 

Each area of competition has its own unique set of challenges related to “Murder on the Orient Express” that exemplify the cross-disciplinary understanding required of each student. 

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the high school UIL Theatrical Design Contest this year, especially those listed below who are recognized as state finalists. Best of luck at state!

Costume Design

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.

  • Alffy Joseph - Heritage High School

  • Rishika Desai - Liberty High School

  • Hannah Holton - Wakeland High School

  • Caroline Girard - Wakeland High School

Set Design

Students who entered the set design competition considered designing for the Wyly Theatre in the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas. Students had to create a scale ground plan, sketches of the set design at various stages and an illustration or illustration of the final design.

  • Vbrynn Peralta - Frisco High School

Marketing Design 

The marketing challenge included several submissions including a specialty promotion, marketing calendar, original poster and playbill. 

  • Conner Wolfe - Heritage High School

Hair and Makeup Design 

Students who submitted a design plate and final makeup photos for the hair and makeup challenge. The design plate included full-color renderings illustrating the hair and makeup designs for the characters that included notes as to whether hair or prosthetics needed to be purchased or built. Students also had to include notes as to how the makeup should be applied. The submitted final makeup photos included a full front view and detailed shots showing the final makeup execution.

  • Emma Hinkson - Heritage High School 

  • Calista Cusano - Wakeland High School

  • Emily Williams - Wakeland High School

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