The Dunmore High School Auditorium has been a bustling with activity over the past few weeks with the Crimson Company in rehearsal for its fall production “The Twelve Daughters of Hercules” by Ben Kingsland. The play, directed by Brian and Dawn McGurl, will be performed on Nov. 18, 19, 20, and 21 at 7 p.m. each evening.
The comedy tells the story of the once heroic and strong Hercules, who is now a family man trying to cope without a son to carry on his legacy.
Junior Mark Nealon, who will also take on the role of Horton the elephant in the spring musical, “Seussical,” will play Hercules, the mighty Greek God turned father of twelve daughters.
“Hercules is getting older but still doesn’t appreciate all that he has,” said Nealon. “His daughters teach him the meaning of heroism.”
When a treasure is stolen from under his nose, he kisses his family goodbye and sets off, eager to relive his glory days. But as soon as he leaves, the monsters of his past come after the daughters he has left behind. Now Hercules’ daughters are off on an unexpected adventure to protect their family and prove to their famous father that girls can be heroes, too.
Junior Cessna Pendon, who drew rave reviews as Bloody Mary in last spring’s production of South Pacific, will play one of Hercules’ daughters, the gentle Phoebe.
“The play is really funny and has a great message about families,” Pendon said.
In addition to Pendon and Nealon, the large cast includes:
Alexandra Asman, Marisa Moraski, Aleia Sileo, Kaitlin Ahern, Lily Conboy, Ashley Fischetti, Ally Solsman, Allison Aronica, Madison Castellano, Arianna Costanzi, Emily Stedina, Tessa McDonald, Nico Summa, Lauren Brown, Joe Ferguson, Marchete Pendon, Tim Hopkins, Jack Culkin, Will Meade, Luke Gratkowski, Christian Reese, Julia Pasko Madison Eagen, Abby Errico, Tabitha Getz, Julia Ingargiola, Kathleen Kennedy, Amanda Lucas, Ariel Matticks, Sophia Norvilas, Molly Romeo, Billy McDonough, Ian Wagner, Mackenzie Senatore, Tom Sinkevich, and Will Hessmiller.
Caitlin McCafferty, Riley McNally, Maeve King and Melissa Schneider are stage managers.