The League’s One-Act Play Contest, founded in 1927, is the largest high school play production contest or play festival in the world. There are five possible levels of competition: Zone, District, Area, Region, and State. The Austin High School One Act Play called “The Imaginary Invalid” by Moliere is on its way to Area. This is after winning District 23-5A at Clements High School on March 24.
In the play, Argan (played by David Herrera), a fearful but miserly hypochondriac, divides his time between summoning the doctor to care for his ills and trying not to settle the resultant bills. He resolves to marry his daughter, Angelique (played by Nora Hunt), to a medical student, hoping to acquire unlimited access to gratis consultation. The chosen fiancé is an unattractive dolt, who would never interest Angelique, even if she were not already in love with clever, handsome Cleante (played by Ben Rauls), who poses as her music instructor.
Not only did this one-play place first in District, Austin all took home several acting and theatrical awards- such as Best Actor – David Herrera and Best Actress- Courtney Russell for her portrayal of Toinette (the mother). The other awards that Austin High School Theatre Arts won were All- Star Cast: Cody Kenner, Honorable Mention All-Star Cast- Nora Hunt and Kathryn Victory, and Outstanding Technical Achievement: Sanira Ghulamhussian.
If you would like to see this amazing play and others competing for Area, the event will be at George Ranch High School on Saturday, April 14th.