OFHS drama team earns all-state awards

NEW Media Staff

The Oconto Falls School Board on Jan. 8 recognized the accomplishment of the high school drama team for receiving all-state recognition from the Wisconsin Interscholastic Speech and Dramatic Arts Association.

Faculty adviser Gayle Gander and several team members appeared before the board to report on the success of their fall one-act play production, “Andromeda’s Galaxy,” by Alan Haehnel.

Twenty-six students participated in the production, “one of our largest groups,” Gander said. Rehearsals began with the start of the new school year, and the show advanced from regional competition Oct. 14 at Tomahawk, a home sectional competition Nov. 1-2 at Oconto Falls, and finally the Wisconsin Interscholastic Theatre Festival, held Nov. 16-18 at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

The troupe was given all-state rating, which Gander described as “like a silver rating,” at the UW-Green Bay festival.

“The organization gives out extra little awards,” he added, “and this year we received every one that they offer — outstanding ensemble, outstanding technical theater, one of our performers got outstanding acting, and I even got outstanding director.”

Several drama team members shared the value of their experiences with the board.

“I had a really great time student directing this year, working with everyone that was a part of the team this year,” said Addison Borst, who served as student director in addition to performing in the play. “We worked really hard, and it all paid off as soon as we made it to state and we got all those awards and we had such a great time with everybody.”

Next up for the drama team is the all-school musical, “The Addams Family,” with performances scheduled March 14-17 at Oconto Falls High School.