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2017 One-Act Play Festival Comes To Aberdeen

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Many of South Dakota’s finest high school actors will gather in Aberdeen for the 61st Annual State High School One-Act Play Festival. The 2017 State One-Act Play Festival will be held February 2 through February 4 at the Johnson Fine Arts Center at Northern State University in Aberdeen.

The Annual State One-Act Play Festival, sponsored by the South Dakota High School Activities Association is the state tournament for high school drama competition. This year, the SDHSAA State One-Act Play Festival will bring together 44 of the best South Dakota high school theatre productions in a festival setting. During the State Festival, each qualifying school will perform their play for the public and a panel of three judges.

Awards presented at the Festival will include overall “Superior Plays”, "Superior Performers" and “Superior Ensembles”. The statewide One-Act Play competition began at the sub-state level with 107 schools participating. The Class “A” and Class “B” schools competed at the Region level in order to qualify for the state festival.

The 2017 State One-Act Play Festival will showcase performances by 12 Class "A" schools presenting plays which are humorous in nature; 16 Class "B" plays which are serious in nature; while the plays presented by 16 Class "AA" schools may be either serious or humorous.

The first performance of the State Festival begins at 10:00 Thursday morning, February 2.

All performances are free to the public. New performances will begin approximately every forty-five minutes throughout each day of the Festival. The State Festival awards will be presented at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.

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