Brookings Register | State one-act play festival starts Thursday in Sioux Falls

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SIOUX FALLS – Many of South Dakota’s finest high school actors will gather in Sioux Falls for the 64th annual State High School One-Act Play Festival. The 2020 State One-Act Play Festival will be held Feb. 6-8 at O’Gorman High School in Sioux Falls.

The festival, sponsored by the South Dakota High School Activities Association, is the state tournament for high school drama competition.  

This year, the festival will bring together 46 of the best South Dakota high school theatre productions in a festival setting.  

During the state festival, each qualifying school will perform its play for the public and a panel of three judges. Awards presented at the festival will include overall “Superior Plays,” “Outstanding Performers” and “Outstanding Ensembles.”  

The statewide one-act play competition began at the sub-state level. The Class “A” and Class “B” schools competed at the Region level in order to qualify for the state festival.

The festival will showcase performances by 13 Class “A” schools presenting plays which are serious in nature; 16 Class “B” plays which are humorous in nature; while the plays presented by 17 Class “AA” schools may be either serious or humorous.

The first performance of the state festival begins at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6. All performances are free to the public. New performances will begin approximately every 45 minutes throughout each day of the festival. The state festival awards will be presented at approximately 5 p.m. Saturday. A complete listing of all performance times is available on the SDHSAA website ( 

The awards will be posted on the SDPB website as soon as possible following the announcement of results on Saturday, Feb. 8.


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