Published On: Sun, Dec 11th, 2016

Wausa One Act keeps impressive streak rolling

NORFOLK — Mission accomplished.

Wausa traveled to Norfolk this week on a quest for a sixth straight state One Act championship. The local team not only brought home the gold once again, but also earned their third straight perfect score from the judges at State.

The performance of “The Passion As Told By The ‘Other’ Side” is a dramatic performance about the well known stories of Jesus Christ before his crucifixion.

Sheila Hoesing, coach and playwrite at Wausa, added a twist to the story though, telling it from the Devil’s perspective.

There are floor demons that often surround Jesus and his disciples, pressuring them to betray Jesus.

“I always love when you have the serious talent,” said Hoesing. “Some years, you have more comedy. Some years, you have some kids that you know can pull it off, and “The Passion” is always a story I wanted to do.”

Sheila is accompanied by her husband, Brad Hoesing, as a coach. They took over the program 11 years ago and never looked back.

Wausa has the second longest active streak of a schools making it to the state championship. Wausa has made it all 11 years the Hoesings have been coaches.

This year’s performance was capped by Gaige Hegge’s performance.

Hegge played Jesus, and even needed to drag a cross down the aisle of the theatre and up onto stage, a scene made even more realistic by the fact Hegge had just sprained his ankle earlier in the week while playing basketball.

“On Saturday, I busted my ankle during a basketball game and every time I walked it was just a shot through my leg,” said Hegge. He also said the cross was “heavier than usual” due to the injury.

Hegge, alongside other seniors like Regan Hennings, put on a great show for their last go around.

Hennings said the pressure to graduate and leave Wausa as state champions was pretty high.

“It was very important for me, personally, this year,” said Hennings. “We have been a part of a successful group for so long that when we became the role models and leaders, we didn’t want to drop off.”

Hegge also won Outstanding Male Performer, and has something to bring home to show the siblings.

“My sister did One Act when she was in high school and she didn’t get any medals or anything, but she is always saying she is better than me at everything,” says Hegge. “My older brother did crew but didn’t get any medals for anything. Now that I finally have something that they don’t have, I can brag about it even though they have countless more medals and records than I.”

Brad Hoesing said he is immensely proud with his group and the performance they gave in Norfolk. For him, it’s not necessarily always about winning state, but about performing their best. He said a lot of preparation goes into these state title runs and he and Sheila will take a few weeks and then reconvene to begin preparing for next year’s performance.