Several local high schools found success onstage in recent one-act play competitions.

Under the auspices of the Georgia High School Association, The Galloway School’s Upper Learning theater program finished second in Region 5-A’s One-Act Play Festival with its version of the Greek classic “Oedipus the King,” and senior Matt Thompson won the best-actor award for his performance in the title role. The regional winner, Whitefield Academy, went on to finish second in the state Class A championships Nov. 15 in Valdosta.

In the Georgia Independent School Association’s (GISA) Class AAA One-Act Play Festival on Nov. 11 in Albany, Holy Spirit Preparatory School was one of four troupes to receive the top rating of superior for its performance of “The Apple Tree,” a musical version of the story of Adam and Eve. Among nearly 300 performers, best-actor awards went to senior Rick Calk as Adam and junior Megan Piwonka as Eve.

Mount Vernon Presbyterian School’s production of “Adaptations” earned the second-highest rating of excellent at the state GISA festival, and senior Devin Miller received a best-actor award for his portrayal of Phil Benson. “Adaptations” tells the story from birth to death of Phil, whose life plays out as a game under the control of the Games Master, played by Tyler Genter.

Mount Vernon Presbyterian’s play, directed by Tracy Cole, won its regional GISA competition.

Holy Spirit also won its regional GISA competition for the third year in a row, and Rick Calk won his third consecutive regional best-actor award. Leading the “Apple Tree” cast were director Helene Mengert, assistant director Benny Esposito and stage manager Lee Brown.

The rules of the one-act competitions require the students to set up, perform and clear the stage within 55 minutes.