State One-Act Play Festival runs through Saturday in Aberdeen

ABERDEEN – Many of South Dakota’s finest high school actors will gather in Aberdeen for the 63rd Annual State High School One-Act Play Festival. 

The 2019 State One-Act Play Festival will be held Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at the Johnson Fine Arts Center on the campus of 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 45 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. 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 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 17 Class “AA” schools may be either serious or humorous.

The first performance of the State Festival begins at 9 a.m. Thursday. 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 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. A complete listing of all performance times is available on the SDHSAA website ( on. 

The awards will be posted on the SDHSAA website as soon as possible following the announcement of results on Saturday, Feb. 2.

Local students to perform


1:45 p.m. – AA, Brookings High School to present “Alienated”

8:30 p.m. – B, Colman-Egan High School to present : “Boxes”


1:15 p.m. – A, Flandreau High School to present “Miss Beth”


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