A play written by a 12-year-old girl was the top winner in the first ever Wega Arts One-Act Play Festival.
Of the staged productions, Zsanna Bodor’s one act titled “Call it Torte, Call it Pie” received the first-place prize of $250.
Jim Taylor, of Taylor Cheese, sponsored the $250 prize in honor of his mother, Phyllis Mess Taylor.
Bodor, of Stevens Point, also acted in the festival. Her play was directed by Carrie Gruman-Trinkner, who is the choral director at Weyauwega-Fremont High School.
Winning the second-place prize of $150 was “Waiting for Sosa” by Bernard Besserglik, and winning the third-place prize of $100 was “King of the Castle” by Kay Poiro.
The winners were announced at the conclusion of the Saturday, June 23 performances.
For staged readings, the first-place prize of $100 went to “If You Call Her Harper, You Don’t Know Jack” by Don Orwald.
Orwald also won the second-place prize of $75 for his one act called “Go Fish.”
The staged reading of George Freek’s “It’s in the Bank” won the third-place prize of $50.
The one-act play festival, held June 21 through 24 at the Gerold Opera House in Weyauwega, was made possible in part by a grant from the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region Inc.
As Wega Arts celebrates its fifth anniversary this year, it has much more planned.
“We are all very excited about next year and about the writing workshops we will be starting,” said Kathy Fehl, who is the artistic director of Wega Arts.
This summer, a Children’s Summer Watercolor Art Class will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, July 18, 25 and Aug. 1. The fee, which includes all materials, is $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
Contact Wega Arts at 920-867-4888 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.
In addition, more music is planned at the Gerold.
Emily Sipiorski, of Waupaca Violins, is forming the Waupaca Area Orchestra, which will be in residence at the opera house. The first concert is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13.
The Gerold Chamber Choir, which will be a community choir, is also forming. Its first performance is slated for Sunday, Dec. 2.