North Pocono High School Odyssey Players will present Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” as their spring theater production. Performance dates include a special senior citizens’ preview on Thursday, March 30 and public performances on Friday, March 31, and Saturday, April 1. All performances will be held in the high school auditorium, 97 Bochicchio Blvd., Covington Township.

The March 30 senior citizens’ preview features a dinner before the show and requires reservations. The evening begins with a dinner at 5 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. Curtain time for the show is 6 p.m. This special evening is free for all senior citizens, but reservations are required and can be made by calling (570) 842-7606.

Public performances of “Our Town” will be held on March 31 and April 1 at 7 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door and cost $7 each for adults and $5 each for students and senior citizens. Refreshments will be available for both performances, and a basket raffle will take place.

“Our Town” is a Pulitzer Prize winning classic play that captures the wonder and awe of small town life in America in the 1900s. Narrated by a stage manager, played by Gabriel Ramos, audiences follow the Webb and Gibbs families through life in Grover’s Corners, a fictional New England town. Thought by many to be one of the finest American plays ever written, “Our Town” first debuted in 1938.

“What makes it so special is the recognition that, even in contemporary America, our deepest desires for simplicity, family life, love, and marriage have not changed,” said Mrs. Geri Featherby, director of the spring show and theater educator at North Pocono High School.

A distinctive feature of the production, designed to enhance the students’ experience with the play, includes cast member interviews of people in the North Pocono community. These interviews are part of a short movie that will be screened before the show begins. “We are incorporating our entire community and really making this ‘Our Town.’  Members of the cast will interview members of the community and we will make this into a short movie to watch before the show begins,” said Mrs. Featherby. 

“Every township that is served through our school district will have a special spot culled from their history in our play,” she explained. “This is not only an educational experience for the students involved, it is an opportunity to dig deep into the rich culture and history of our community—for us, this is ‘Our Town,’” said Mrs. Featherby.

The cast for “Our Town” includes Gabriel Ramos as the Stage Manager; Frank Santomauro as Dr. Gibbs; Nick Chairo as Howie Newsome; Haley Zemek as Mrs. Gibbs; Erin Schaepe as Mrs. Webb; Jack Umbaugh as George Gibbs; 7th grade student Alenah Thomas as Rebecca Gibbs; and 6th grade student Luke Magnotta as Wally Webb.

The cast also includes Gabby Gentile as Emily Webb; Regina Steele as Professor Willard; Reese Anderson as Mr. Webb; Gabby Occhipinti as Woman 1 in the Audience; Natalie Wickizer as Woman 2 in the Audience; Sara Johns as Mrs. Morgan; Jack Brady as Simon Stimson; 4th grade student Aiden Bassi as Joe Crowell; Phoebe Hnatko as Mrs. Soames; and Sara Sposito as Constable Warren.

Also included in the cast are Blake Ferro as Si Crowell; Tina Kriedler and Blake Ferro as Baseball Players; Kaitlyn Wheeler as Woman From Among the Dead; Gabby Occhipinti as Samantha Craig; and North Pocono teacher Mr. Glenn Pettinato as Joe Stoddard. The Choir and People of the Town will include Hannah Bronson, Blake Ferro, Tina Kriedler, Kaitlyn Wheeler, and Natalie Wickizer.

The student production team for the show includes Lindsay Cocker, technical director; Avery Roberts, stage manager; Sandy Kilmer, costume design and construction; Ryan Houser, lighting design; and Joanne Scholldorf, dramaturge.