One Act Play Rules and Procedures




A. One Act Play is a Region event in classifications 2A through 6A, and an Area event in Class A.

1. Each school wishing to enter One Act Play must notify the Region Secretary/Area Coordinator no later than October 1.

2. Region/Area winners must be determined by October 20, 2012, and the GHSA State Office must be notified by October 22, 2012.


B. The GHSA State One Act Play Coordinator and Director of Adjudication is Dean Slusser (e-mail


C. Specific Contest Rules:

1. Schools may choose to enter an excerpt or abridgement of a play as their One Act Play selection.

2. Schools choosing to enter musical productions shall not use a reproduction of the original soundtrack as part of the presentation.

3. Each school assumes full responsibility for royalties and any other limitations on the play that is selected.

4. Each school is responsible for its own props, costumes, and make-up.

5. Each school is given 55 minutes to set-up, perform, and take-down its presentation. The official time will be kept by an assigned official time keeper.

6. The timekeeper will record times and provide them to the lead judge at the end of the competition, after all the judges have completed scoring the plays. Any school that exceeds its time allotment will be penalized two (2) points for each fifteen (15) second period or portion thereof per judge.

7. Only set pieces (free standing) may be used.

(a) Schools are not to use EXCESSIVELY LARGE or COMPLICATED set pieces that take a long time to unload and assemble, etc. This is an acting competition - not a set competition. Keep sets simple.

(b) The time used to set-up and take-down set pieces is counted in the time of the presentation. Any debris and confetti must be swept up.

(c) No part of any setting may be attached to any part of the stage, curtains, draperies, or other existing equipment of the host school.

(d) All set pieces must be placed behind the "go" lines in the Strike Area on stage. These lines shall be placed at the wing line on stage right and stage left as well as two optional lines upstage (at mid-stage traveler and back traveler). When time is started, ALL set pieces must be moved PAST these lines onto the playing space. No portion of the Strike Area holding set prior to the production may be used as performance space. Before time is stopped, all pieces must be moved off the playing space behind the "go" lines. Sets should be designed to easily move onto and off the stage.

8. No flame of any type can be used, including candles. Real weapons of any kind, such as a sword or knife, etc., cannot be used. Use of simulated weapons cannot be in violation of any local board of education policy of the participating school or the host site. Violation of this rule will result in disqualification (zero tolerance rule). Contact the host school for any clarification of their rules.

9. Plays are to be announced by the order of appearance number or the title of the play rather than by school name.

10. Only eligible students are allowed on stage during play performance. Piano placement must be off stage if an adult is playing. Adults may assist in loading and unloading of sets.

11. Principals must review the school's play and sign the statement on the "One Act Play Information Sheet" stating that the presentation is in good taste for high school students, and is acceptable for the morals of that community.

12. The use of "body mikes" is allowed.

13. Score sheets can be found on the GHSA web site (


D. No photography or video taping is allowed of any One Act Play competition.



A. The Region Secretary must file the winner of the Region competition with the GHSA Office according to the deadlines stated in the "Region Secretary Notebook."


B. Dates and Sites for the State One Act plays:

October 27:

Class A - Warner Robins High School, Warner Robins

Class AA - Northside High School, Warner Robins

Class AAAA - Houston County High School, Warner Robins


November 3:

Class AAA - Baldwin High School, Milledgeville

Class AAAAA - Perry High School, Perry

Class AAAAAA - Veterans High School, Kathleen


C. The facilities that will be used for One-Act Play competitions will not be available for practice by any school in the State competition. At both Region/Area and State levels, a 10-minute "walk-through" will be allowed for play directors only. The directors of the plays scheduled for the first half of the day will all "walk through" during the same 10 minutes before the first play begins. The directors of the plays scheduled for the second half of the day will all have their 10-minute "walk-through" at the same time during the lunch break (or prior to the second half if there is no lunch break).


D. Schools will be responsible for making their own arrangements for housing and meals.


E. The schedule for 2A through 6A shall be: The schedule for Class A shall be:

10:00 - 10:55 am - Region 1 10:00 - 10:55 am - Area 1 (Private Schools)

11:00 - 11:55 am - Region 2 11:00 - 11:55 am - Area 2 (Private Schools)

12:00 - 12:55 pm - Region 3 12:00 - 12:55 pm - Area 3 (Private Schools)

1:00 - 1:55 pm - Region 4 1:00 - 1:55 pm - Area 4 (Private Schools)

2:00 - 3:00 pm - RECESS 2:00 - 2:30 pm - Judges' Deliberation

3:00 - 3:55 pm - Region 5 2:45 pm - Awards Presentation

4:00 - 4:55 pm - Region 6 3:00 - 4:00 pm - RECESS

5:00 - 5:55 pm - Region 7 4:00 - 4:55 pm - Area 1 (Public Schools)

6:00 - 6:55 pm - Region 8 5:00 - 5:55 pm - Area 2 (Public Schools)

7:00 - 7:20 pm - Judges' Deliberation 6:00 - 6:55 pm - Area 3 (Public Schools)

7:30 pm - Awards Presentation 7:00 - 7:55 pm - Area 4 (Public Schools)

8:00 - 8:20 pm - Judges' Deliberation

8:30 pm - Awards Presentation


F. Trophies and individual medals will be awarded to the State Champion and Runner-up schools, and medals will be awarded to the Outstanding Actor and Outstanding Actress.


G. Three judges will be selected for each classification in the Region/Area and State competitions.

1. Judges assigned to state competition will have completed the GHSA Adjudication Training Program and will be assigned by Dean Slusser, State Adjudication Director. Region/Areas may contact Dean Slusser at for assistance in selecting judges.

2. The One Act Play Adjudication Director (or the Region Secretary in the case of Region competitions) shall designate a Lead Judge at each competition site. The site coordinator will bring any concerns about rule interpretation or possible violations to the attention of the Lead Judge for consultation.

3. On the day of the contest, judges shall avoid contact with directors or cast members until after the winners are announced.

4. Judges shall hold all score sheets until after all presentations have been completed.

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