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The Pewaukee High School (PHS) Theater Department is taking its fall production, "The Dentist," on the road to the Wisconsin High School Forensic Association (WHSFA) One Act competition to be evaluated by external adjudicators and viewed by many other area high schools.

The PHS Theater Department will also present a home show to allow the community to view the production, at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $5 and will be on sale at the door only.

“The Dentist” is a mystery that follows Detective Kila Reynolds as she attempts to solve two unknowns in her world: first, she must discover what the strange marks she sees over some individuals represent, and secondly, she must find “The Dentist,” a serial killer responsible for staging suicides, but leaving the same pieces of evidence with each victim. Through this journey, Kila meets some new friends that may or may not help her in her quest, and she learns a lot about these marks and herself as she pushes herself to make sense of all of these elements.

“The Dentist” stars Lizzy Strange as Kila Reynolds, Cross Mendoza as Detective Charles Wright, Emilee Toureene as Mary Sue Reynolds, Chris Johnston as Officer Andy, Michelle DeLaMatter as Counselor Dr. H. Orable, Alex Clementi as Chief JoJo, Emma Steiler as the judge, Katie Bogie as the defense attorney, Isabel Kabara as the prosecuting attorney and Mackenzie Sherman as a police officer.

Through this experience, the department hopes to grow student actors and expose them to the opportunity to receive feedback on their craft outside of the PHS school environment.

Participation in the competition has also allowed for cross-curricular educational opportunities. The play was written by Laura Bengs’s dramatic literature course. TJames Sevens’ technical theater production class supplied the set, props and costumes. Several members of the technical theater class will also attend the competition s to serve as run crew.

The PHS Theatre Department will potentially compete up to three times with the production. The first competition takes place at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Waukesha South High School. After this production, the students may advance to sectionals on Saturday, Nov. 5, and from there, to state competition on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18 and 19.

At each competition, students will need to pack up all set and prop elements, get onto a bus and travel to the host school, and unload the set into the new location. Students have 40 minutes total to set up, present and take down the production.

For more information about the event, or to learn more about the Pewaukee High School Theater Department, contact Laura Bengs at (262) 701-5669 or benglau@pewaukeeschools.org or visit www.phsdrama.com.

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