When Renee Denney took the job as theater director at Fulton County’s Milton High School eight years ago, she had to convince school officials to make it a full-time gig. Today, under Denney’s leadership, Milton’s theater department includes three instructors who mold some 300 students into actors, some quite accomplished. Last month, Milton took home six Shuler Hensley awards for excellence in high school musicals for its production of Monty Python’s “Spamalot,” including the top actress, supporting actor, featured performer, ensemble, musical direction and orchestra. That was more than any other high school. While some of Denny’s students go on to pursue careers in theater — one recently was nominated for a Tony — she is content watching from the wings. “I always knew I wanted to be a teacher,” she said.
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