For the first time since 2004 the Orangefield University Interscholastic League One Act Play progressed past district to the area competition which was held Saturday at Angelina College. According to Sydney Crosby, director and UIL sponsor, they were “Super excited!”

They won’t be advancing past area, but they came home with three awards.

Constance Ingram was placed on the All-Star cast and Carrie Grace Henderson received honorable mention All-Star Cast.

“Our sound and light crew was named Area Technical Excellence Crew and they were the only ones who won. They were the only school to win that,” said Crosby. “We’re really proud of that, especially since we don’t have a theater to practice in. They have to do all their technical excellence once they get to competition.” They practice in the old band hall at the school.

This was Crosby’s fourth year to direct One Act Play at Orangefield.

Their offering this year was “The Children’s Hour.” It is set at a girl’s boarding school in the 1930s run by two best friends that are women.

“A little girl gets angry with the teachers for disciplining them, so she starts a rumor that they are having an affair with each other. It’s a big lie and then it all blows out of control,” said Crosby. The girl tells her grandmother, who notifies all her friends. All the students are pulled out of class and the school closes down. “These women’s lives are just ruined, because of a lie,” said Crosby. “The character that Constance plays ends up committing suicide over it.”

At the very end, the grandmother says, “I now know it was all a lie.” The girl finally told the truth.but it’s too late.

“Our goal from this was to learn to always tell the truth. Be honest with everybody about everything because one little lie can wreck lives,” said Crosby.

Cast members are: Carrie Grace Henderson, Haley Permenter, Constance Ingram, Daniel Gilson, Sage Granger, Angelique Rainwater, Brianna Graffagnino, Kirsten Wolfford and Ashlynn Hanks.

Crew members are: Heather Singletary, Chase Tiller, Victor Vuong, Jeffery Kam and Daryl Broussard.

About Penny LeLeux

Penny has worked at The Record Newspapers since 2006. A member of the editorial staff, she has "done everything but print it." Most frequently she writes entertainment reviews and human interest stories, with a little paranormal thrown in from time to time.She has been a lifelong member of the Orangefield community.