The Tuloso-Midway High School UIL One-Act Play team advanced to Area competition following the District meet on March 29 at Alice High School.

The students are performing the play "Dancing at Lughnasa" by Brian Friel, with first year Tuloso-Midway High School theatre arts advisor Wendy Pratt, directing.

"I'm pushing them pretty hard my first year. They've been working hard all year to get to this point," Pratt said. "The kids have been wonderfully receptive, and have a great respect for the theater. All of them have such a capability of doing well."

In UIL One-Act Play events, students present an 18-40 minute play, adjudicated by a single judge.

The competition is open to the public. There are five possible levels of competition: Zone, District, Area, Region and State. At each level of competition, the judge awards individual acting awards, as well as selecting two productions to advance to the next level of competition. After the awards are announced, the Judge gives an oral critique to each of the schools.

During last Tuesday's District competition, Melody Brason and Elizabeth Braselton made District All-Star Cast. Luke Krogness, Ashley Cooper and Arian Walker made District Honorable Mention All-Star Cast. Ginny Brundeen won for Best Individual Crew.

Previously, during Zone competition at Flour Bluff High School last month, Melody Brason won Zone Best actress, while Luke Krogness and Jessica Craven won Zone All Star Class, and Elizabeth Braselton received Zone Honorable Mention. Cast members also include Ashley Cooper, Victoria Field, Arian Walker and Kai Lumampao.

Best Individual Crew went to Jose Hernandez, who was joined with Ginny Brundeen, Katherine Messer, Annalea Pedraza and Randy Tullos on the One Act Play crew. Alternates were Eric Miller and David Camacho.

"We're all very pleased with the kids. They have gone so far this year," Pratt said. This year, the high school students have been traveling by bus to the middle school to practice at the auditorium, Pratt said.

Sometimes rehearsing for two hours after school, especially in the run up to the District competition, the students gave all they had, Pratt said, to see the One-Act Play program succeed to the next level.

The Middle School One Act Play Competition was also held in March at Flour Bluff, with the Tuloso-Midway Middle School One-Act Play team coming back with several honors. The play performed this year was "Alice in Wonderland." The team overall took second place at the competition.

TMMS student Hannah Tumlinson won Best Actress overall. Kristina Correa and Jamie Sullivan both won All-Star Cast, while Raymond Soliz, Devan Huddleston and Logan Denby took Honorable Mention All-Star Cast. Cast members also included Hope Wheeler, Setara Grey, Brooke Ripple and Jessica Adams.

On the One Act Play crew, Gabriella Samaniego won Best Individual Crew member, and was joined with Dylan Best, Alyssa Castillo, Azucena Cazares and Christopher Flores on crew. One-Act Play alternates were Claudia Garcia and James Barker.

Both One-Act plays will be presented tonight at 7 p.m. at the Tuloso-Midway Middle School Auditorium.

Tickets are $5.

The Tuloso-Midway Theatre will also be presenting a theatre showcase on April 29 at 7p.m., with half of the proceeds going towards future theatre productions and the other half benefiting Red Cross efforts in Japan

The Area Competition took place at Del Mar College's Richardson Auditorium on April 5. The results of that event were not available as of press time.