First and third grade students to be treated like stars at performance of 'The Polar Express'

Broadway Day at the North Pocono High School featuring an original adaptation of the children's book The Polar Express, is a collaborative effort between Moscow Elementary's first grade class of Mrs. Dructor and the third grade class of Mrs. Latawiec as well as Mrs. Geri Featherby of the high school's theater arts department.

Two performances will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 26; 10 a.m. for the first grade classes of Mrs. Dructor and Mrs. Latawiec followed by an evening performance at 6 p.m. for general public.


The program began in late September where the first and third grade children received "backstage passes" for various "good works" (i.e. attention to details, homework, actively listening during class, kindness etc.).

The reward for this three month effort is watching and participating in an interactive theatrical performance by the high school theater arts I and II classes.

Theater arts classes combine the process-centered creative drama with a product-centered performance of The Polar Express.

The teachers prepared the first and third graders by reading them the book and completing activities. The students will come to see the show in their PJ's! The top five students from each class will receive lines and perform in the play.


That same evening, the children return to the school dressed in formal attire (the boys courtesy of Men's Wearhouse), walk the red carpet and enjoy the performance again. A random selection of children will now have an opportunity to join the actors on stage at different times.

A limousine ride from MEC to the high school courtesy of Glibride Limousines will be a feature prize for the 10 award students. The evening concept is garnered after The Tony Awards. After the show, the 10 winners will be presented with a trophy for their outstanding success and give a one-line acceptance speech!

The evening show is also open to the public. All are encouraged to attend in pajamas! A donation will be accepted at the door. Hot chocolate will be served following the show.