ONE ACT 2018 - A Christmas Carol

North Theatre Department Receives Top Theatre Honors at State!

 The Appleton North High School One Act cast and crew competed recently at the Wisconsin High School Theatre Festival State Finals held at Viterbo University in La Crosse.  North’s production of an original adaptation of Charles Dickens A CHRISTMAS CAROL received the top award of Critics Choice as well as an Outstanding Ensemble Award,  Outstanding Crew Award, Director’s Award and three Outstanding acting awards recognizing senior Jack Cain  as Ebenezer Scrooge, senior Dru Swokowski as the Ghost of Christmas Present, and junior Mark Woznicki as Bob Cratchit.    North’s performance received a rare standing ovation from the overflow crowd and enthusiastic praise from the judges.  

Over 1500 high school students participated in this year’s Festival which requires each school to present for evaluation a fully-staged play of no longer than 40 minutes.  Less than half of the competing high schools qualified for the state competition after having competed in both district and sectional meets held in October and early November.  Each qualifying school then performed for a panel of three judges during the two-day festival that adjudicates the performance and decides on the quality of the production and what honors, if any, should be awarded.  In addition to the various high school productions, a variety of workshops taught by theatre professionals were also available as part of the Theatre Festival.

This is the twentieth consecutive year that Appleton North has received the top award of CRITIC’S CHOICE at the state theatre festival finals.  They are the only high school in the over 100-year history of the event to achieve such a distinction.   ONE ACT 


One Act is a competitive event for high schools across Wisconsin.  Each participating school must prepare and present a fully-staged play of no longer than 40 minutes.  The plays are presented at District and Sectional competitions.  Those who the judges advance to the final level are invited to take part in the Wisconsin High School Theatre Festival held at a UW university each year in November.  During the two-day competition, each qualifying school then performs for a panel of three judges who decide on the quality of the production and whether any extra honors will be awarded.

North Theatre has been awarded the top honor of Critic’s Choice at the Wisconsin High School Theatre Festival every year since 1999, the only school to accomplish such a feat in the history of the festival.  

One Act Competition History

2018

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

2017

HAMLET

2016

THE WHITE SNAKE

2015

ALICE IN WONDERLAND

2014

ROMEO AND JULIET

2013

PETER PAN

2012

ARGONAUTIKA

2011

THE SECRET IN THE WINGS

2010

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

2009

THE ODYSSEY

2008

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

2007

THE ARABIAN NIGHTS

2006

HAMLET

2005

METAMORPHOSES

2004

THE TEMPEST

2003

SAINT JOAN

2002

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

2001

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

2000

THE FIFTEEN MINUTE HAMLET

1999

ROMEO AND JULIET