Published On: Tue, Nov 1st, 2016

WHS going for State title defense

WAUSA —  The Wausa One Act team did it again.

Wausa won the District D1-3 title Monday to advance to State for the 11th straight year.

wausa-hs-district-champs-group-webWausa will be going for its fifth straight state title and 10th in school history when it competes next week in Norfolk.

Brad and Sheila Hoesing have helped establish a strong One Act tradition here.

Wausa defeated Hartington-Newcastle, among others, at the conference competition a few weeks ago, and spectators say that the rendition of “The Passion” that Wausa runs is powerful and full of emotion.

Sheila Hoesing writes the production each year, and this year came up with a version of “The Passion” from the devil’s perspective, a challenge in and of itself.

Brad and Sheila are assisted by coaches Patricia Marks, Tanya McFarland, Karen Eddie, and Wendy Ketelsen.

There are 64 students in the program, far larger than any other D1 competitor, and that advantage comes from the tradition of success that has inspired many students to want to be a part of this winning program.

“It testifies to the strength of that program,” said Brad Hoesing, “and to the work the kids have put into it over the years.”

Brad Hoesing and his wife Sheila have coached the Wausa One Act program since he began working for the school. Hoesing is now the first-year Superintendent, but started as a teacher before working as principal for the last nine years.

Wausa fell just five points shy of a perfect score on Monday, but won first by four points, having received first place votes from all three judges.

“At this stage you probably don’t want to get a perfect score because there is still a week to improve upon it until the state contest,” said Brad Hoesing

The D1 state competition takes place in Norfolk at the Johnny Carson Theatre on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

Class D1 begins at 2:15 p.m., with Wausa tentatively slated to hit the stage to perform at 5:15 p.m.

“We still have work to do. We still have to get better. Johnny Carson Theatre is a beautiful, large stage, so there are some adjustments that we need to make for that.”