The Ballinger One Act Play group The received Alternate at the district UIL One Act Play competition held Wednesday, March 7 at Ballinger High School. The Ballinger team performed “The 39 Steps.”

The Ballinger One Act Play group The received Alternate at the district UIL One Act Play competition held Wednesday, March 7 at Ballinger High School. The Ballinger team performed “The 39 Steps.”

The play features senior Bryce Bennett as the lead character, Richard Hannay. Seniors, Shelby Flores and David McKinnon; juniors, Marina DeHoyos, Clarice McKinnon, Grace Rutledge, Damian Willborn, and Cole Zentner; sophomores Laura Brown and Ethan Gonzales and freshman TJ Gonzales rounded out the cast. The crew is Jon Binder, Sierra Bowen, Emma Duke, Melodie Gray, Richard Parra, and Heather Speckels.

Several schools performed at the contest including Grape Creek, Sonora, TLCA, Wall, Ballinger, and Reagan County. The advancing plays were from Sonora, TLCA and Wall with Ballinger named as the alternate.

“The Ballinger students will not be advancing, but gave a great performance and made everyone proud,” said One Act Play director and Theater and Drama Teacher Deidra Dallas.

Members Ethan Gonzales and Clarice McKinnon were named to the Honorable Mention All-Star Cast and Bryce Bennet was named to the All-Star Cast.

Ballinger High School won Best Overall Crew and Emma Duke was named Best Stage Manager with Jon Binder winning Best Sound Technician.

"We are very proud of this amazing group of students and the incredible work they put into this year’s OAP 'The 39 Steps'." Dallas said. "It has been a joy to spend our time with these young people and to watch them grow and learn as actors and technicians. We are especially proud of our individual award winners and are thrilled to once again bring home the Best Overall Crew award — an award that speaks to the teamwork and incredible work ethic these students embody every time they take the stage.

"We would like to send a special thank you to BISD faculty and staff for their assistance in hosting the District contest again this year, and especially superintendent Jeff Butts and high school principal Robert Webb and assistant principal Dennis Mitchell for their continued support of the arts at BISD," Dallas said.

Assistant Director Brian Arrott also thanked all of those who helped with the production.

"Also, a big thank you to our contest manager Dr. Kara Sue Garlitz from Reagan County High School, contest stage manager Adrian Alonzo from Reagan County High School, tech manager Janet Wilson, assistant stage manager Zakk Ottmers, and stage crew Xavier Nunez," Dallas and Arrott wrote.

Dallas and Arrott were grateful for the community support of the arts at BISD, and specifically theater.

"We love bringing stories to life on stage and entertaining audiences, and we thank you for continuing to come out to watch us do what we love. We look forward to the rest of the theatre season this year starting with the 4th and 5th grade choir's production of Seussical KIDS in May. We hope to see you all there!"

Several schools performed at the contest including Grape Creek, Sonora, TLCA, Wall, Ballinger, and Reagan County. The advancing plays were from Sonora, TLCA and Wall with Ballinger named as the alternate.