PHS One Act cast

Members of the PHS one-act craft are, first row, from left, Kirsten Dewey, Taylor Fritz, Elisabeth Balistreri, Destiny Henschel, Delaney Scudella; second row, Megan Carbaugh, Jacob Van Norwick, Connor McManus, Alan Schaeffer, Jordan Hefter; third row, Logan Kulow, Katie Pocian, Erica Birenbaum, Emma Hellmer, Madilyn Straub; fourth row, Paul Hammes, Lizzie Riley, Mitch Arnold, Anne Sedlacek, Justin Schmitz; fifth row, Quinn Zwick, Louis Gentine, Adam Carbaugh, Azure Maki, Andrew Van Norwick. Charlie Waitkus is not pictured.

PHS One Act wins big at State

Posted November 28, 2016

Plymouth High School has garnered numerous state awards for its one-act play, including Critic's Choice Award, Outstanding Ensemble Award, Outstanding Directing Award, and two individual Outstanding Acting Awards.

PHS presented "The Worlds of Mark Twain" at the Wisconsin High School State Theatre Festival at UW-Stevens Point on Nov. 18.

The Critic’s Choice Award is highest honor possible. The Outstanding Ensemble Award recognizes the ability of a cast to work and communicate with each other. “Good job acting together to tell the same story in the same style,” wrote judge
John Cramer, managing artistic director of the Waukesha Civic Theatre. "Good ensemble work!"

Directors Brad Feick and Herb Stoltenberg were honored with the Outstanding Directing Award. Earning individual Outstanding Acting Awards were Connor McManus for his role as King Sangenfeld, and Adam Carbaugh for his role as the Donkey. Also nominated for the Outstanding Acting Award were Logan Kulow as Huck, Quinn Zwick as King, Elisabeth Balistreri as Eve, Paul Hammes as Adam, and Connor McManus as Jim Smiley.

“Absolutely marvelous physicality,” wrote judge Roxi Wakeen, educator and acting consultant. ‘The variety of pacing was incredible and kept all of us engaged. … Stage freezes were awesome.”

One-act plays must be completed in less than 40 minutes, including set-up and take-down of sets. The PHS play features excerpts of Twain's works: the "Royal Nonesuch" from The Adventures of Huckleberry; an inside look at Adam and Eve's thoughts from the short stories "Extracts from Adam's Diary" and "Eve's Diary"; the swindling Jim Smiley and the rambling Simon Wheeler from "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"; and a little-known kingdom from "Legend of Sagenfeld."

In order to advance to the state competition, PHS performed well at district competition held Oct. 21 at Oshkosh West High School and also at sectionals held Nov. 5 at Neenah High School. The PHS cast will travel in May to perform for Plymouth's middle school and elementary schools.

Adam Carbaugh and Connor McManus
Adam Carbaugh, left, and Connor McManus earned Outstanding Acting Awards.

Cast and Crew
Mitch Arnold
Elisabeth Balistreri
Erica Birenbaum
Adam Carbaugh
Megan Carbaugh
Kersten Dewey
Taylor Fritz
Louis Gentine
Paul Hammes
Jordan Hefter
Emma Hellmer
Destiny Henschel
Logan Kulow
Azure Maki
Connor McManus
Katie Pocian
Lizzie Riley
Alan Schaeffer
Justin Schmitz
Delaney Scudella
Anne Sedlacek
Madilyn Straub
Andrew Van Norwick
Jacob Van Norwick
Charlie Waitkus
Quinn Zwick