NORFOLK, Neb. -- Norfolk began hosting a big event for the Nebraska high school theatre community on Wednesday.

The 2022 NSAA State Play Production Championships were kicking off at the Johnny Carson Theater, with schools from across Nebraska taking aim at a state title.

The NSAA One Acts have been hosted in Norfolk for 10 years, and it's something the area takes pride in.

Executive Director for Visit Norfolk Traci Jeffrey said with all of the families traveling in from around the state, it helps the area thrive.

“We know that this is a big, huge tourism impact in our community,” said Jeffrey. “When they come to watch their son, their daughter, grandchild, they’re going to go out to eat. They’re going to do some shopping and so we know that this is very important.”

The assistant director responsible for play production for the NSAA, Taryn Retzlaff, said the event is important for the theater community in Nebraska.

“It’s so important for students to be able to meet in one spot and share their love for theatre for three days and just really be with that community,” Retzlaff said. “I think Nebraska has a phenomenal theater community especially at the high school level.”

The State Play Production Championships is a three-day event and host 36 teams from across the state.

Arnold claimed the first state championship of the week, winning Class D2. Wausa won Class D1, taking home a state title for the 14th time, all since 2006. Wausa was competing by itself for the first time since 2017, having formed a co-op with Osmond for four years. The Vikings have won 12 of their state crowns alone, with two of their championships coming from the co-op with Osmond.

Hartington-Newcastle became the first Thursday winner, bringing home the Class C2 crown. Aquinas edged in-city foe David City for the Class C1 title.

On the final day, Omaha Concordia won Class B, while Malcolm won a tight race against Gretna for Class A.