MHS Theatre shines at State Festival

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MHS Theatre won five awards for its one-act play, The Lottery, at the Wisconsin High School Theatre State Festival at UW-Milwaukee on Nov. 21-23.

The Lottery was directed by Kromrey staff member Abbie Hannam. It won awards at state for Best Ensemble and Best Crew. Senior Andrew Karbusicky and sophmore Darshi Balaji were also each recognized for Outstanding Acting. Sophomores Avery Brutosky and Margot Du Chateau were also nominated for acting awards.

Fewer than 40 state schools were recognized with awards at the State Festival.

Thespian Excellence Awards went to Avery Brutosky in Musical Theatre Solo and junior Rachel Reichard in Acting Monologue. In all only 10 students won Thespian Excellence Awards. This qualifies each student to perform and be adjudicated at the International Theatre Festival in June 2020.

"You should be extremely proud of the theatre program at Middleton High School and the accomplismnent of the entire cast and crew who represented you in such an outstanding manner,'' WHSFA executive director Adam Jacobi said in a statement.

Each year, up to 80 schools across the state participate in the Wisconsin High School Forensic Association (WHSFA) One-Act Play contest series. MHS Theatre qualified for the State Festival by advancing through districts and sectionals.

About 1,800 high school students gather each year at the Wisconsin High School Theatre State Festival, which began in 1930.  The three days are packed with workshops featuring trained professionals, one-act and individual event contest performances, showcase productions, and exhibitors from theatre vendors to collegiate programs.

MHS Theatre kicked off its 2019-20 season kicks off with the The Lottery on Oct. 24. It is based on a story by Shirley Jackson that was originally published in The New Yorker magazine. The play starts as people are assembling for the lottery. What family will it be this time? Only gradually do you begin to suspect the nature of the lottery as the play builds swiftly to its climax.

Visit the Wisconsin High School Theatre State Festival website to learn more.

MHS Theatre has five separate performances for the 2019-20 season, capped by the musical Singin' in the Rain on April 30 through May 3 at the Performing Arts Center. Visit the MHS Theatre website to learn more.