Callaway has a long history of success in play production. It has been to state competition quite a few times over the years. Because our facilities are pretty unique for our school size, we feel we have an advantage and this is a great asset to produce credible entertainment.
Practice for play production usually starts in September and finishes in late November or early December. The practices mostly occur in the evening after sports practice or early mornings before school. There are five times that the one act is performed before state. Callaway competes in the Parade of Plays located in Loup City, a conference competition that rotates to different conference schools, a night performance in Callaway and in Arnold, and district competition. Here are some of the more recent plays performed:
- 2014 – Goldilocks on Trial – Want to watch another typical day in court? Not going to happen! Chaos explodes as the famous Goldilocks is put on trial.
- 2013 - Booby Trap – A soldier is put into an explosive situation when he accidentally sits on a land mine. This play earned a conference championship and a district runner-up.
- 2012 - The Absolute Most Clichéd Elevator Play in the History of the Entire Universe – This play is exactly what the title says: a very clichéd play with a wild cast of misfits. This play won districts and earned a trip to the state meet.
- 2011 – The Empty Chair – This highly dramatic play covers the topic of teen suicide. This play earned a third place at district.
What can one expect from participating in one acts? We hope it is a fun experience in which each individual can learn about himself/herself. It is not just for the person that wants to be an actor/actress. A student can be on the crew, learn how to run the lights, create video or audio clips, or even do makeup. One can expect to work hard but to also have a great time. During the competitions, the team members will miss a day of school, so it does require some preparation on the student’s part.
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