A bit of PHS theater history

PHS has been presenting annual musicals since the current building opened in 1967, putting on “Guys and Dolls” that first year and “The Pajama Game” in 1968. (Before that, while the high school was housed at what is now Riverview Middle School, PHS presented a one-act play and a senior class play in the fall, and a three-night talent show in March.)

Stoltenberg joined the PHS faculty in the fall of 1968 as English teacher, forensics advisor, and director of the play and the musical. That first year, he directed the senior class play “The Miracle Worker” in January and the musical “My Fair Lady” in May. He also advised the Drama Club, which had nearly 60 members his first year.

Plymouth High School has presented a musical every year since, all directed by Herb Stoltenberg alongside others, including Bob Stoll, Mike Schultz and Amanda Smith. PHS also has continued with the annual play and the one-act play.

Stoltenberg directed the fall play until 2002 and retired from teaching in 2009, but he continues to direct the one-act play with PHS English teacher Brad Feick and the spring musical with PHS choir director Amanda Smith and band director Jason Sebranek.

The Plymouth Education Foundation has established a fund for donations to be made in Stoltenberg’s name to support PHS performing arts, and has pledged to match the first $5,000. Donations may be made by visiting the foundation’s Donate page online at plymouthedfoundation.org.

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