Love the art in yourself, not yourself in the art
— Konstantin Stanislavsky




North High School’s 2014 spring production of Tony Award winning playwright Mary Zimmerman’s JOURNEY TO THE WEST has been selected as the showcase production for the Wisconsin High School Theatre Festival in November.  This is a great honor for North’s theatre department since only one school from the entire state is invited each year to perform a fully-staged production to the nearly 3000 high school theatre students, teachers, and professionals who attend. 

Mary Zimmerman’s JOURNEY TO THE WEST is an adaptation of a late sixteenth-century classic Chinese comic novel, (one of the four great novels of Chinese literature) based on Anthony C. Yu’s translation, takes as its point of departure the true story of a seventh-century monk and his fabled pilgrimage from China to India in search of sacred texts. Mixing whimsy with spiritual weight, Zimmerman’s script combines comedy, adventure, and satire in a moving allegory of human perseverance.   

 The 2014 Wisconsin High School Theatre Festival will be held on the campus of the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. North student cast members will travel to La Crosse and perform Zimmerman’s work on the stage of Viterbo University Performing Arts Center on November 20th.  The cast and crew are made up of returning students from last year and a few new students who will fill vacant slots.  Director Ron Parker stated, “Taking a show like JOURNEY TO THE WEST which is both dramatically and technically challenging and re-staging it halfway across the state is a huge undertaking, but we are very honored with having been selected to perform and for the opportunity to showcase our theatre program to other high schools from across Wisconsin.” 

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  • Ron Parker, director
  • ANHS Theatre Department, 5000 Ballard RD, Appleton, WI 54913 
  • 920-832-4300 (school main office)
  • Ticket Box Office 920-997-3994

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