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Posted January 22, 2018
The Plymouth School District Board of Education has approved naming the Plymouth High School stage in honor of Herb Stoltenberg, longtime teacher and director.
His influence through directing, teaching, mentoring has impacted students for generations, those requesting the honor told board members.
Mr. Stoltenberg joined the PHS faculty in 1968 as an English teacher, forensics advisor, and director of the fall play and spring musical. He retired in 2009, but 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.
Mr. Feick told the board that the PHS One Act cast and crew are not like those at other schools as PHS welcomes a variety of students beyond the traditional drama enthusiasts.
“He’s been able to help bring all these kids onto the stage,” Mr. Feick told the board. “He’s been able to make theater cool.”
A formal dedication of the Herb Stoltenberg Stage will be held after the Saturday night (March 3) performance of this year’s musical – the 50th directed by Mr. Stoltenberg – with a celebration of PHS performing arts every night of the show.
All alumni who ever graced the PHS stage are encouraged to enjoy the reunion weekend March 1-4, as PHS presents “42nd Street.” They also are invited to share memories of Mr. Stoltenberg in particular and their performing arts experiences in general.
In addition, the Plymouth Education Foundation has established a fund for donations to be made in Mr. Stoltenberg’s name to support PHS performing arts.
• Share a memory of Herb Stoltenberg or PHS performing arts.
• Read an article about PHS One Act’s incredible performance at State.
• Visit The Arts section of our District Report Card to learn more about how our students excel at traditional and unique arts opportunities at all levels, both in and outside the classroom.
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