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The 60th Annual South Dakota One-Act Play Festival
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2015 State One Act Play
2015 State One Act Play Festival

Many of South Dakota’s finest high school actors will gather in Sioux Falls for the 60th Annual State High School One-Act Play Festival. The 2016 State One-Act Play Festival will be held February 4-6 in the Lorang Theatre at O’Gorman High School in Sioux Falls.

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”, "Outstanding Performers" and “Outstanding 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 2016 State One-Act Play Festival will showcase performances by 12 Class "A" schools presenting plays which are serious in nature; 16 Class "B" plays which are humorous 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 9:00 Thursday morning, February 4. 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 5:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.

A complete listing of all performance times, play titles and names of the nine judges will be available on the SDHSAA website ( on Monday, February 1. Awards and photos of the event will be available online at

This press release is courtesy of the South Dakota High School Activities Association.