Hico One Act Play to perform at UIL state competition

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Sara Heinrics, Ashlyn Underwood and Marisol Morales take the stage in Hico High School’s One Act Play, The Caucasian Chalk Circle.

The journey began back in January and now the hard work has paid off with the Hico High School’s One Act Play qualifying for the state competition that will take place at the end of this month.

The play, The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht, is about the tale of King Solomon and a child claimed by two mothers.

“A chalk circle is metaphorically drawn around a society misdirected in its priorities,” Gary Brister, theater director, wrote in an email. “I chose to set the story in a post apocalyptic world.”

The setting takes place many centuries after a global disaster around Nuka, a town in former Soviet Azerbaijan where Europe and Asia meet.

There have been 23 students involved in the production practicing twice a week and on Sundays.

“This play has been great for our kids, we have been able to explore a style of theater (Epic Theater) that was new to all of us,” Brister wrote. “This show is truly an ensemble effort where cast and crew are equally important.”

The students will perform at the state UIL competition on Tuesday, May 24, in Austin.

“This process never stops, no matter how many times you perform the show, it can always get better,” Brister wrote. “We have been fortunate to receive many awards and accolades during each round of competition. My technical crew has been named ‘Best Tech Crew’ at District, Bi-District, Area and Region. We have had two different girls receive best actress at all four levels and every cast member has been awarded an individual award during this journey.”

This isn’t the first time Hico High School’s One Act Play has gone to state. It's the eighth time; the third time for Brister as a director. Under Brister the One Act Play was awarded first runner up in 2009 and state qualifiers in 2014.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to direct a great group of kids,” Brister wrote. “I love to be outside the auditorium after a show and listen to the conversations that people are having about what they just saw on stage.”

Before the state competition, the students will perform The Caucasian Chalk Circle at 8 p.m. Monday, May 16, in Tarleton State University’s Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center.