BCHS OAP advances to Region

Ben Thomas and Alexandra Chavez rehearse a scene from the Bay City High School One Act Play, "6, 12, 16, 49." Photo by Larry Bose.

BCHS OAP advances to Region


The Bay City High School Dungeoneers’ One Act Play “6, 12, 16, 49” has advanced to Region after competing at Area contest April 6th in Mont Belvieu at Barbers Hill High School. This is the fifth consecutive year BCHS has gone this deep in OAP competition.

Honors the BCHS cast and crew received at Area include: Ben Thomas, All Star Cast; Alexandra Chavez and Holland Cobb, Honorable Mention All Star Cast; Madison Mirelez, Best Technician. 

BCHS’s play, “6,12,16,49…” was written by BCHS Theatre Director Magda Mirelez. 

The play follows a young woman’s recovery from her Counting Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Through flashbacks, she is able to confront the events leading up to unimaginable tragedy and her subsequent recovery. However, the play is about humanity’s brokenness. It allows the audience to confront what they think are  shortcomings and pleads for the audience to count them as blessings. It also poses some larger questions about love, family, acceptance and violence.

“Two years ago, I was deeply moved by the events at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. I woke up that Sunday morning and the news about the mass shooting had a profound affect on me. As the investigation focused on terrorism, I focused on the 49 faces and what we lost as a people,” said Mirelez. 

“So I wanted to write a play about people. Specifically a play that emphasized these were people -- not numbers. Ironically, I ended up writing a play about a woman who can’t stop counting. Ultimately, the story is simple. Treat others with love and kindness; and not just love. Unconditional love. Love can be a powerful alternative to violence.”

“6, 12, 16, 49” is not the only piece written by Mirelez being performed this OAP season. Her original play “Tracks y Huellas,” which the BCHS Dungeoneers debuted and took to the State finals two years ago, was staged this season by two other Texas high school theatre departments. La Feria High School’s version has also advanced to the Region 4 contest. BCHS competes in Region 3. 

The Region 3 OAP Championship is April 16th in Humble at Atascocita High Schoo. Tickets are $10 for the entire day of plays. Performance Order is:

Waco/Connally – “Unclaimed” at 4pm

La Marque –“To Be Young, Gifted, and Black” at 4:50pm

Little Cypress Mauriceville – “The History of Tom Jones” at 5:40pm

Waxahachie – “Still Life with Iris” at 6:30pm

Lorena – “Sweet Nothing in my Ear” at 7:20pm

Bay City – “6, 12, 16, 49” at 8:10pm

The top two will advance to the State final.

BCHS Head Director is Magda Mirelez. Assistants are Todd Oncken, Jonathan Lunsford and Michael Mirelez.

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