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Cedar finishes One Act season

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WAUSA  — The Cedar Catholic One Act play earned fifth-place honors in Monday’s District C1-4 competition here.

The Wausmond One Act Play earned the District title and several Wausa students received Outstanding Actor honors at the District Play Production competition.

Stanton took runner-up honors and Crofton took third place. Battle Creek took fourth and Cedar Catholic earned fifth place at the meet. 

The Trojans performed “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”

The Cedar play is coached by Audrey Freeman. She is now in her 13th year of guiding the local troupe

The lead performers are: Hannah Kleinschmit, Maizie Christensen, Grace Kleinschmit and Jayda Bernecker.

Freeman is very pleased with the talent she has on hand this year.

“I have kids who are willing to do anything I ask them to do, and I have a lot of boys, which isn’t always common for one act,” Freeman said. “I have gotten very lucky that I have very strong male characters this year. The variety of the kids I have has made this ensemble play something that fits to the different kids’ strengths.”

There are over 50 kids in the program, with three dozen of them being in the cast.

The Wausmond team will now head to State with the idea of hanging another state championship banner on the wall. 

The combined Wausa-Osmond team finished third last season. It was the first time Wausa competed as a C1 school.

Wausa Supt. Brad Hoesing, in his  14th year as coach, is in charge of the 68-member cast. He is assisted this year by Sheila Hoesing, Kurt Polt, and Tanya McFarlan. 

Hoesing said the students performed well at Districts

This year’s troupe presented  “The Legend of La Llorona,” which was written by Sheila Hoesing.

The production is based on a Spanish ghost story and it involves a horror format.

“We’ve had a lot of fun with it and the kids have worked really hard,” Brad Hoesing said.

Wausa has won 11 team state titles in Hoesing’s first 13 seasons, which includes going to the finals all those years. Those titles were obtained at the D2 and D1 levels.

“Honestly it’s our kids’ work ethic,” Hoesing said. “They commit to our program and hold themselves to a high level of accountability. Our kids commit to what I ask of them and that makes a big difference.”

Wausmond will now compete in the State One Act competition Thursday, Dec. 12, at 10 a.m., in the Johnny Carson Theatre at Norfolk High School.