North Pocono High School will present West Side Story as its spring theater production. Performance dates include a senior citizen preview on Thursday, April 12, which features a dinner before the show and requires reservations, and public performances on Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14 All performances will be held in the high school auditorium.

 The senior citizen preview on April 12 begins with a 5 p.m. dinner in the high school cafeteria, and curtain time for the show is 6 p.m. This special evening is free for all senior citizens, but reservations are necessary and can be made by calling 570-842-7606. The deadline for reservations is Friday, April 6. Free rides to the Senior Preview are available, door to door, for local patrons. Call the Transportation Office of the

North Pocono School District for more information about a ride: 570-842-7659, Option 8.

Public performances will be held on Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14, at 7 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door and cost $10/each for adults and $6/each for students/senior citizens.

West Side Story is the iconic musical where the desire and need for forgiveness is as strong a clash between the gangs themselves. This landmark musical bravely addressed dark social issues, while introducing sophisticated music and extended dance scenes.

“What makes this play so rich to direct is the opportunity to explore beyond the obvious themes and reach for those that lie deeply embedded within the script,” stated Geraldine Featherby, Theater Director at North Pocono. “I chose to focus on the theme of forgiveness at the very end of the musical. It mirrors the last lines of the Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, on which this musical is based. It is something we all need in today’s world in order to love without boundaries.”

The leads are played by seniors Gabe Ramos as Tony; Haley Zemek as Maria; Nate Whitney as Riff; Zane Horger as Bernardo; and junior Regina Steele as Anita. Supporting roles are played by juniors Frank Santomauro as Action and Reese Anderson as Doc.