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one act play - Martin High School
Posted in , on May 14, 2024

One Act Play state meet is in Austin this weekend

Martin High School’s varsity theatre production class is one of only eight 6A high schools performing at the High School One Act Play meet in Austin this weekend. With a long history in the One Act Play contest, this year will mark the school’s 17th appearance. 

“Being at this level of competition is a true honor,” said Martin theatre director Kelly Groves. “I couldn’t be more excited and honored to be carrying on this tradition of excellence.” 

Freshmen to seniors auditioned and interviewed for a spot in the prestigious group with only 24 talented individuals making the cut. These students then auditioned for specific roles in November, preparing for their performance of scenes from the play “Equus” by Peter Shaffer. 

The play is set in 1973 at Rokeby Psychiatric Hospital in Southern England, so students had the challenge of mastering a British accent.  

one act play by Martin High School varsity theatre class“I am excited to share this theatre experience with such a large audience and to make an impact on others – especially with a play with such strong and important themes,” said senior Charlie Davis.  

The success of the play has come from a team effort, including the actors, crew, alternates and directors.  

“I could not be more proud of these student artists and performers,” Groves said. “Directing this group of students has been one of the great joys of my life. Their intelligence, dedication and professionalism are not only inspiring to me and others but will serve them well in whatever they do in the future. Watching them perform this play has been so inspiring. They give their whole hearts and souls to each show.” 

The class will take the stage this Saturday at the Austin ISD Performing Arts Center.   

“My director has opened our eyes to a level of performance, literature and theory that I believe most high schoolers aren’t privileged enough to be exposed to,” Davis said. “To be performing alongside others from around the state who have achieved this level of excellence is a dream come true.”