PHS one-act cast wins state awards


The Plymouth High School one-act cast performs “The Odyssey” in sectional competition earlier this year. The cast recently earned a prestigious Critic’s Choice Award in state competition. Submitted photo The Plymouth High School one-act cast performs “The Odyssey” in sectional competition earlier this year. The cast recently earned a prestigious Critic’s Choice Award in state competition. Submitted photo Plymouth High School received a Critic’s Choice Award at the annual Wisconsin High School State Theater Festival, the highest award for an overall production.

The PHS cast performed Mary Zimmerman’s “The Odyssey,” a tale of Odysseus’s 10-year return from the Trojan War, under the direction of retired PHS English teacher Herb Stoltenberg.

More than 200 schools began at the district level. The Panthers advanced through district and sectional levels to be among the 39 schools selected to perform at the two-day theater festival, held Nov. 23 and 24 at Waunakee High School.

At each level, the 40-minute production was evaluated by a panel of three judges. “The judges at the state level praised the actors for their excellent storytelling and consistent energy and movement,” Mr. Stoltenberg said.

The cast also received an Acting Ensemble Award for outstanding sense of communication and working together. Zach Holden received a Solo Acting Award for his portrayal of Odysseus, and Mr. Stoltenberg received an Outstanding Director Award.

Cast list: Logan Rausch, Becca Hankins, Corbin Dewey, Kelly Pocian, Chandler Haun, Zach Holden, Branden Herrin, Carter Krzyzaniak, Jessica Falk, Randy Zeimeman, Chandler Haun, Aus- tin Ernst, Amy Addy, Jimmy Balestreri, Carter Krzyzaniak, Sara Darr, Delaney Scudella, Brook Bignall, Paige Reisse, Shauna Clemens, Alex Grauvet, Lex Eggert, Jake Van Norwick, Austin Weisse and Josh Scott.


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