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MHS One Act Play

Fall is for more than Football!                                                                          Nov. 9, 2021

Jacki Maenius

Mason High School Theatre will be performing it’s Fall Show the next two weeks! THIS Sunday, 11/14 AND  Sunday, 11/21 at 5pm AND Wednesday, 11/17 at 7:30 pm.  All performances are in the MHS Auditorium. The production, CHEMICAL IMBALANCE, is a darkly comic adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In Victorian England, repressed impulses burst their corsets as Dr. Jekyll’s experiments in the nature of evil threaten to reveal the bloody hands beneath the gloves of the British Empire. A fast-paced romp about men and women tightrope walking the line between aristocracy and depravity, and between the twin spectres of good and evil.

Currently, MHS students in theatre are deeply involved in their school work as well as the extracurriculars of band, football, cheerleading, football training and basketball. Most nights of the week are not free for theatre rehearsal or performances, but this company has made it happen!  Most preparation has occurred at school, during theatre class, but they have sacrificed a number of weekend hours to build the set and rehearse. The cast and crew of the Fall Show are working on a shoestring of time, but having great fun exploring a new genre.  So much learning occurs as the actors gain experience on stage in preparation for the spring One Act Play UIL Competition.  Senior, Hannah Bishop, has taken on and assistant directing role, as well as acting,  for this production.  As a veteran of the program, she has superb insight and natural leadership skills that have helped immensely. Other seniors are Lauren Olson, Will Ince, Cloe Doege, Morgan Menchaca. Juniors are Linden Chapman, Madalynn Del Toro, Taylor Hardin and Abbey Wallace.  Sophomores contributing are Mason Hatfield and Rowan Murphy.  Walker Ince and Rylan Todd are in their first high school production as Freshmen. A picture in costume will come next week! 

Admission will be by donation to pay for costuming, set supplies and publisher royalties.  This show’s production needs were an added expense that bit into this year’s budget but well worth the cost. Student confidence grows with every opportunity to perform. Please bring friends to attend one, or more, of the performances  to  support these dedicated young people AND to enjoy some great entertainment.  

“An ingenious two-act farce with a touch of the Grand Guignol…a stimulating horror-farce.” —Talkin’ Broadway. “An evening of exhilarating entertainment…An inventive, original comedy of horrors…” —San Francisco Examiner. “The humor is nonstop, but cannot cover the highly sinister aspects of the plot…” —San Francisco Bay Times.

Mason High School has a UIL award-winning theatre program.  The school has won a total of four championships; the current program has won three State Championships,
two silver and three bronze placings.
Out of the last nine State contests, Mason has placed or won in eight of them.
State UIL One-Act Play Contest Record
1966 2A State ChampionsSamuel French Best Actor - Gerald Geistweidt
2010 1A State Second Runner-Up - Best Actress - Star Longoria
2013 1A State First Runner-up
2014 1A State Champions -Samuel French Best Actress Cassie Benefield
2015 2A State ChampionsOutstanding Technician-Spencer Bierschwale 
2016 2A State Champions - Outstanding Technician-Spencer Bierschwale, Best Actor - Jackson Chapman
2017 State Second Runner-Up
2018 State First Runner-Up
2021 State Second Runner-Up - Best Performer - Hannah Bishop
The UIL One-Act Play Contest, founded in 1927, is the largest high school play production contest or play festival in the world.
More than 14,000 Texas high school students in more than 1,200 plays participate in 300 plus contests, which take place from the beginning of March through the three-day, 40-production State Meet One-Act Play Contest. 
The League's theatre program is considered by historians to be the foundation of educational and community theatre in Texas.
It continues to be a major factor motivating increasing numbers of schools to offer theatre arts as an academic subject.
State Champion  2014 sf "The Last Night of Ballyhoo" by Alfred Uhry
State Champion  2015 sf "The Death and Life of Larry Benson" by Reginald Rose
State Champion  2016 sf "You Can't Take It With You" by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
State Second Runner-Up 2017  sf "Blithe Spirit" by Noel Coward
State First Runner-Up 2018  sf "Rabbit Hole" by David Lindsay-Abaire
Region Qualifiers 2019  sf "Picnic" by William Inge
District Champions 2020 sf "Silent Sky" by Lauren Gunderson (completion of season canceled due to pandemic)
State Second Runner-Up 2021 sf "Silent Sky" by Lauren Gunderson
State Champion One Act Play 2015
sf "The Death and Life of Larry Benson" by Reginald Rose
State Champion One Act Play 2014
sf "The Last Night of Ballyhoo" by Alfred Uhry
Additional MHS Past One Act Productions
2013 sf "Crimes of the Heart" by Beth Henley STATE FIRST RUNNER-UP
2012 sf "Cheaper by the Dozen" 
2011 sf "The Curious Savage"
2009 sf "Figments"
2008 sf "The Women of Lockerbie" by Deborah Brevoort
2007 sf "The Death and Life of Larry Benson" by Reginald Rose REGION QUALIFIER
2006 sf "Scenes and Revelations" by Ellen Garonzak REGION QUALIFIER
2005 sf "The Learned Ladies" by Moliere
2004 sf "Blithe Spirit" by Noel Coward
2003 sf "The Last Night of Ballyhoo" by Alfred Uhry
2002 sf "Crimes of the Heart" by Beth Henley REGION QUALIFIER
2001 sf "The Curious Savage"
1966 sf "The Devil and Daniel Webster" STATE CHAMPION