Congratulations High School One Act Play on your fourth place finish and State Honors at the TAPPS 2A State Contest in Kerrville on November 15-16.

Senior Raymond Rider, who performed two different roles, was named as the State Best Actor. Junior Brooke Stevenson was named as State All Star Cast and junior Susannah Bumstead was named State All Star Cast Honorable Mention.

They competed against eight schools in the State Contest with their 40 minute adaption of Moises Kaufman’s “33 Variations.”

Written in 2007, the play simultaneously replays the creative process behind Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations and the research of musicologist Katherine Brandt to understand why Beethoven was compelled to write 33 different variations to the music composed by a minor music publisher. The strained relationship between Brandt and her daughter as Brandt battles the progression of ALS (Lou Gehrig Disease) is depicted simultaneously with Beethoven’s increasing deafness. The action is portrayed in Beethoven’s time and the present, sometimes switching back and forth between the two eras. At times characters from both time periods are on stage simultaneously.

The contest requires all plays be performed in one act lasting no more than 40 minutes. Sixty percent of the scoring is based upon acting while 40 percent is judged on other elements like sets, costumes, and lighting.

All Saints defeated four schools in TAPPS 2-A District to become the district champions October 26 in Lubbock. All Saints placed first and earned nine All Star awards. Senior Raymond Rider was named District Best Actor. Junior Brooke Stevenson was named District Best Actress. All Star Cast was awarded to senior Hannah Hays, juniors Susannah Bumstead, Meghan Mitchell, and Bri Sanchez, and freshman Liberty DeLeon. All Star Technical Crew was awarded to senior Mallory Staggs and junior Abi Jordan. Other cast members include technical crew members junior Tyler Latta and senior Zac Paston.

Paula Chanda is the theater director.