The junior class of Stow-Munroe Falls High School invites audiences to see into the lives of those in the town of Spoon River with their performance of "The Spoon River Project."

A senior citizen performance will occur on Feb. 21 at 9:30 a.m. at the high school, followed by a performance for general audiences on Feb. 21 and 22 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 23 at 2:30 p.m. The cost is $9 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens.

Directed by Robert Putka, the play is set within a cemetery in the town of Spoon River. The story uses a multitude of soliloquies which describe the lives and perspectives of the residents of the town.

The cast is made up entirely by juniors attending the high school. Multiple cast members play various roles throughout the production, perfecting the art of portraying different character types.

Lane Hedler, Alan Reed, Sean Fleming, Thomas Tinkler, Tanner DeMita, Andrew Jewitt, Marissa Christian, Hannah Elmore, Amanda Kenepp, Kaitlyn McGarvey, Julia Ryan, Elizabeth Witwer, Shelby Carlisle, Rachel Pokelsek, Shelby Cushard, Avrielle Lamoreaux and Hayley Glessner make up the cast.

Student directors Sara Damian and Alexis Streharsky work with production managers Molly Divine and Becky Bernert to produce the play. They are joined by the heads of stage and house crews, Allie Brewer and Sonia Felan, respectively.

Taken from the story line of "Spoon River Anthology" by Edgar Lee Masters, Tom Andolora adapted the novel into a play,including singing and dancing within the performance.

All students participating in this event have put several hours into building the set and rehearsing. All proceeds of the play go toward the junior class to help pay for their senior year activities, including prom and the senior banquet.

Putka describes his belief in the success of the play when he stated, "I am sure the dedication and passion exhibited [during auditions] foreshadows an opportunity to work hard, share, grow, and learn."

-- Submitted by

Jasmine Rose, a senior at SMFHS