Playing the past

Tiger Theatre Company presents historical fiction drama “Silent Sky” for UIL OAP competition

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Photo by Sydney Rowe

Junior Maddie Frost and senior Lia Grahm perform during Tiger Theater Company’s UIL One Act Play, “Silent Sky.” The Tiger Theater Company has been constantly hard at work in preparation to compete.

Story by Doug Kyles, news editor

Behind each and every scientific breakthrough there are more names than the one who gets credit. Tiger Theatre Company’s next production does more than tell a story, it highlights some of the unknown figures who made our modern understanding of astronomy possible. 

Centering around the story of female astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, the play will highlight the figure’s contributions to the astronomical community all the while telling a dramatic love story worth crying over. 

Junior Maddie Frost will play the lead role of Henrietta. 

“I’m so excited to get to experiment with this role,” Frost said. “I’ve never had the chance to act in OAP before, so I’m going to give it everything I have, and as my director always says ‘leave it all on the stage’.”

With only four female roles and just one male role, the play will have a much smaller cast than typical for the show. Many actors have been placed on each role as understudies, because COVID has the potential to knock out actors at any time. 

The play will be performed for the public on Feb. 28 and then go to compete at district in Sulphur Springs on March 4. UIL One-Act Play has always been competitive, but this year even more so. Three plays always advance from the district competition, but now there are even more schools competing for those three spots.

“It’s definitely a competitive year,” senior Mason Smallwood said. “We’re going to have to do everything we can to stand out from the other schools.”