For the first time in Crandall ISD history, the Crandall Theatre Department has a state title for the University Interscholastic League (UIL) one-act play.
Directed by Daniel Gambill, the company chose “The Book of Everything,” adapted from the novel by Guss Kuijer. The play focuses on young Thomas, a 9-year-old boy with a vivid imagination who can see things that other people can’t see.
“I looked at this play several times, and it wasn’t right until I found a way to pull the redemption aspect out and allow the audience to find a meaning of hope,” said Gambill.
Thomas was played by Dalyn Kvapil. Kvapil whose character serves as both the main character and the narrator of the play also won All-Star Cast for male actor against every other 4A male actor. Kvalpil’s interactions with other characters were believable and honest, according to the acting judge at the state competition.
Rachel Grant won Best Actress, the top award given, against all other female actresses in a 4A category at the state competition.
Shala Survil received Honorable mention cast.
The Book of Everything is a story of imagination with religious undertones, the character of Jesus even makes an appearance in the play.
UIL One Act play had record-setting participation this year, with over 1200 initial plays being performed at the first level of competition. By the time that Crandall One Act Play made it to state, there were only 8 teams remaining.
Crandall ISD is elated to celebrate these incredible performers and champion their success.
There will be one additional home performance of “The Book of Everything,” in May, and we strongly encourage the community to come out and watch this award-winning performance. Please keep an eye out on Crandall ISD’s website, as well as CISD’s social media for dates and times of this final performance.