The Boys Next Door swept the awards at the State One-Act Festival held at UW Oshkosh Friday, November 19 and Saturday, November 20.
Competition began in October with 98 schools. Forty-seven made it through the district and sectional contests, which enabled them to compete at the state level. On Saturday, DeForest Area High School students, under the direction of high school English teacher Janis Williams, were awarded the top honor of Critic’s Choice, as well as the Ensemble Award. Michael, Alex, and Su also received Best Actor awards for their portrayals of Arnold, Norman, and Tommy respectively. Williams also won a directing award, and tech awards went to Tristen and Sam. Thirty-seven students attended the two-day festival, attending workshops and viewing other plays, as well as competing.