Tenth grade global social studies students traveled to Proctors Theatre in Schenectady on March 26 to attend the premiere performance of “Ghosts of War.”
The stage play is an adaptation of Ryan Smithson’s young-adult book “Ghosts of War: The True Story of a 19-Year-Old GI.” Smithson, a 2003 graduate of Columbia High School in East Greenbush, NY, joined the Army Reserve at the age of 17 and was deployed to Iraq at the age of 19.
The author was in attendance to lead a post-show discussion with the audience.
From the Proctors’ website: “This profoundly moving show, (adapted by Bill Massolia) from the book written by Ryan Smithson, is an unflinchingly honest portrayal of his experience in the Iraq war.
Ghosts of War touches on the intensity of battle, and the pain of losing comrades, but for Smithson, the war is a source of personal enlightenment that will compel teens to reflect on their own thoughts about duty, patriotism and sacrifice.”