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One Act Play & Theatrical Design

One Act Play

One-Act Play

University Interscholastic League One-Act Play is a competition that hundreds of theatre departments across the state of Texas compete in. The OAP is one of Lovejoy’s most advanced shows made up of the most devoted and passionate actors and technicians in our department. The One-Act auditions are held in or around December and the competition may continue through April. The length of the experience may vary depending on the number of advancements. OAP is a 40-minute show with a 7-minute set up and strike time. One-Act Set usually consists of the official, grey OAP set pieces. If you would like to learn more about UIL OAP and the rules for the performances, please visit the UIL website:

One-Act Considerations:

  • If auditioning for One-Act, be prepared for a lot of rehearsals. You will spend most of your spring break at the school, but it will also be one of the best spring breaks you’ve ever had!

  • Keep your grades up. If you fail a class, you can’t perform and have to be removed from the show.

  • Contest will not be held at LHS. The performance venue is TBD. Consequently, OAP is always flexible and portable by nature.

  • There are many levels of advancement at UIL OAP, including district, bi-district, area, region, state, so performance times and dates vary depending on level of advancement. 

  • Sometimes the critique from clinicians and judges can seem harsh, so always give others around you compliments on their performance. We all need it sometimes.

  • Only audition if you are able to be 100% dedicated to the show and can maintain a flexible schedule. 

    • At competitions, be respectful of other school’s shows. Please remember that everyone is trying their hardest and we should support them for that. Save your critiquing for the bus!

    • Treat every competition official with respect. This includes contest managers, judges, and local technicians.

    • OAP students are held to a high standard and are expected to maintain the graduate profile. 

Theatrical Design

Theatrical Design

Students are able to participate in a theatrical design competition sponsored by UIL. Each year, a prompt will be released. A play or book will be chosen and everyone is required to use this play/book. 

Students can submit designs in costumes, make-up, marketing, and set design. This allows students a way to get their creativity flowing and gives them an opportunity to showcase their talents in technical theatre. Students can either work individually or can work as a group. The work also includes inspiration boards and justification papers. There are special rules for costuming, set, and marketing. 

You must have a theatre teacher mentor/sponsor you, so if you are interested in the theatrical design competition talk to the director. There is a very specific format for how designs have to be submitted. 

For information on what the current play is and to see past submissions visit:

Technical Design Awards:


Erin Vatteroni 

Individual Marketing

State Qualifier 2013


Erin Vatteroni 

Individual Marketing

2nd place – State, 2014

UIL Grades & Eligibility Guidelines

Lovejoy Theatre students pride themselves on maintaining a high level of academic work.  We encourage students to not just meet the minimum, but to do their best work in reaching their academic potential in all classes, not just in Theatre classes. 

As is the case with all other extracurricular activities in the state of Texas, “no pass, no play” is in effect. Therefore, in order to remain a part in a play/musical, every member is required to meet basic UIL eligibility rules. 

If your grades don’t meet the necessary requirements, you WILL be removed until you meet the minimum state required eligibility requirements- even if you are the lead part in the performance. 

We encourage all students to be proactive, rather than reactive in maintaining academic health or in asking for help.  Let the director know at the first hint of a concern.  They are not looking to punish you, but to help get you back on track and do your best. Asking for a “bail out” in the last days before a grading period is unacceptable. 

Please know all classes should have a morning and afternoon set of tutorials for each course offered. Tutorials do not necessarily have to be with your teacher, simply with another member of that department. It is strongly encouraged that you attend a tutorial that does not conflict with rehearsal, however if necessary, we will make arrangements for you to attend tutorials and make-up sessions as necessary in order to bring you back up to an acceptable and eligible academic level.  

Also, behavior plays an active role in a member’s ability to remain in a production. A significant number of behavioral issues, such as Academic Recovery or suspensions of any kind may lead to removal from a production, or, given the severity of the issue, the department. The Lovejoy theatre program has high expectations for the conduct of its members, so please keep this in mind at all times!

No Pass, No Play

  • Students must be eligible under no pass, no play. Extracurricular activities include public performances, contests, demonstrations, displays and club activities. An activity would be considered extracurricular if: 

  • the activity is competitive;

  • the activity is held in conjunction with another activity that is considered extracurricular;

  • the general public is invited;

  • an admission price is charged.

  • Exception: If a student is enrolled in a state-approved course in which he or she must demonstrate mastery of the essential knowledge and skills in a public performance, then he or she may participate so long as the activity is not competitive, it is not held in conjunction with another activity that is competitive, and an admission price is not charged. For example, a theatre student may participate in a non-competitive, free presentation of a one-act play in which the public is invited to attend.

Basics of No Pass, No Play

  • Must be passing all courses (except identified advanced classes).

  • Students lose eligibility for a three-week period, which is defined as 15 class days. Exception: one but only one of the three school weeks may consist of only three or four class days, provided the school has been dismissed for a scheduled holiday period. Two class days does not constitute a school week. Exception: Thanksgiving if schools are on holiday Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

  • School week begins at 12:01 a.m. on the first instructional day of the calendar week and ends at the close of instruction on the last instructional day of the calendar week (excluding holidays).

  • Ineligible students must wait seven (7) calendar days after a three-week evaluation period and the grading period to regain eligibility.

  • Students may regain eligibility an unlimited number of times throughout the school year. Passing means a minimum grade of 70 on all courses (except identified advanced classes).

  • Note: Spring break can't be part of the 3-week evaluation process. All students are eligible during spring break.

Important Dates

August 9 1st Day of School

September 22 Failing Students lose eligibility 

October 6 Students will gain or lose eligibility

October 6-16 Fall Break - All Students Eligible after 4:25 pm on October 6 until beginning of school on Oct 16

November 3 Grade Check - If all grades are passing students can regain eligibility at 4:25 on November 10

November 15-27 All Students are eligible after 4:25 pm on November 15 until beginning of school on November 27

December 15-January 10 All Students are eligible after 4:25 pm on December 15 through January 3 at 4:25 pm for Christmas Break

January 10 Students will gain or lose eligibility

January 25 Grade Check - If all grades are passing students can regain eligibility at 4:25 pm on February 1

February 15 Grade Check - If all grades are passing students can regain eligibility at 4:25 pm on February 26

March 8-18 All Students are eligible after 4:25 on March 8 until beginning of school on March 18  for Spring Break

April 8 Grade Check - If all grades are passing students can regain eligibility at 4:25 pm on April 15

April 29 Grade Check - If all grades are passing students can regain eligibility at 4:25 pm on May 6

May 24 Last Day of School

UIL Elgibility

Texas Thespian Festival

Texas Thespian Festival


The International Thespian Society (ITS) is the Educational Theatre Association’s student honorary organization. ITS recognizes the achievements of high school and middle school theatre students. Since 1929, EdTA has inducted more than 2 million Thespians into ITS. That number continues to grow, with more than 36,000 students from around the country being inducted each year.

Having a Thespian troupe at Lovejoy raises the profile and stature of our theatre program, making both your school and community aware of  your activities and success. Having this honor status recognized by an international organization lends additional weight to the honor, making it a valuable addition to any student’s resume.

ITS celebrates the work of all theatre student artists and technicians. This includes students who perform as well as students who prefer technical or staff positions. Our suggested point system reflects this sensibility. ITS values a well-rounded theatre education as well, so we recommend that all students be required to earn points over the course of more than one production and in more than one discipline. In fact most inductees earn points in several fields, i.e. performance, set construction, publicity, and make-up.


Students can earn an invitation to be inducted into the Thespian Society by earning the required number of points. Meetings are usually held monthly in F105 or the Black Box Theater.

For more information, visit:

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