UIL Event Description

Acting Events

In acting categories it is expected that the student analyzes the selection to discover the character’s motivation and that the presentation is from the character’s point of view.  In other words acting should be evident in the presentation of the character vocally, physically and emotionally.  Selections may be taken from dramatic literature or adapted from other literary forms. 

  • Solo Acting

    This is an individual event.  A Contestant selects a monologue to memorize and present for competition.  Emphasis for evaluation is placed on understanding of the monologue,  presentation of character and entertainment value.  We may enter 3 6th grade students, 3 7th grade students and 3 8th grade students in most meets.

  • Duet Acting

    Two contestants select a scene to memorize and present for competition.  Selections may be cuttings taken from dramatic literature or adapted from other literary forms.  They may also be taken from scripts specifically written for duet competition.  Emphasis for evaluation is placed on understanding of the duet, characterization and the interaction of the ensemble.  We may enter 3 6th grade teams, 3 7th grade teams and 3 8th grade teams in most meets.

  • One Act Play   We are allowed to have up to 15 actors, 4 understudies and 5 crew members (24 students total).  We use unlimited numbers of students in building the set, costumes and props.

Students will have the opportunity to work in all aspects of the production of a 40-minute play. During the production of the play they will be able:

  1. to satisfy the competitive, artistic spirit with friendly rivalry among schools, emphasizing high quality performance in this creative art;
  2. to foster appreciation of good acting, good directing and good drama;
  3. to promote interest in that art form most readily usable in leisure time during adult life;
  4. to learn to lose or win graciously, accepting in good sportsmanship the judge's decision and criticism with a view to improve future productions; and
  5. to increase the number of schools that have adopted theatre arts as an academic subject in school curricula.