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2013-04-11 / General Stories

Documentary Spreads The Word About UIL Play Competition

Each year over 1,000 schools across Texas compete in One Act Play (OAP), one of the world’s largest play festivals. “The Show Must Go On” presents an inside look at the drama that unfolds between high school theatre directors and their ensembles as they travel across Texas for a three month long elimination style tournament culminating at the state competition in Austin. Director Landry Gideon and cinematographer Andrew Miller are currently capturing the grueling process that is in the UIL One Act Play competition by following these schools to clinics, contests and rehearsals.

Hundreds of thousands of students, parents, and teachers have been involved in OAP since its 1927 inception. In many states, theatre is not considered a competitive sport, but in Texas it is. From the moment each play is cast in the fall through the State Championship at the end of May, the crews eat, sleep, and breathe nothing but theatre. OAP is about hard work and dedication, and this film aims to show that to the world.

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