Seven student-run, one-act plays showing through May 17

Since Tualatin High School opened in 1992, drama teacher Stephen Clark has organized the Tournament of Student-Driven One-Act Plays.

Every year, freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors each put on their own class production. The shows are not only acted by students, but are directed by students, as well.

The tournament is also open to independent productions that aren’t limited to a class. This year, three independent shows will be performed.

After each performance, the audience is invited to vote on its favorite show, best actor and best actress. An awards ceremony will take place at the conclusion of the tournament.

“(The tournament) is nice in many ways,” said Clark. “More students can participate with their roles than if we put on the regular production. It gives lots of students an opportunity to perform and direct.”

This year, about 60 students are participating in the tournament, including those helping with tech and design as well as the actors and directors.

“The student directors who aren’t seniors, when they come back next year, they’re the most responsible and committed cast members that I have because they know what it’s like to try and organize everyone,” said Clark. “It’s a great learning opportunity for them and excellent for our program in terms of skill sets they pass on to the other students.”

Performances will be running through May 17. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for students and $5 for children, seniors and matinee showings. For more information, visit or call 503-431-5701.

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