"Stronger than the Storm — Superstorm Sandy 5 years later," will be performed this Saturday at Toms River North High School. It's a bit different from the average fall high school show.

Play author and senior Luke Sulsenti said over last summer, "a team of about 10 students and I reached out to our community and those around us, and we asked for the stories of hurricane Sandy." He is a member of The Toms River High School North Nautical Star Theatre Company.

Sulsenti said he is very passionate about the theater, and wanted to contribute a play that would give back to the community.

The play discusses families who lost their homes, as well as first-responders and those who helped with food and shelter.

"A lot of high schools are not used to putting on serious dramas, and even when it comes to those, it is usually Shakespeare and older things of the sorts," Sulsenti said. "I was really excited to put on this play, because it is the first time that we have ever done something truly about our community, and giving back to everyone that is basically come out and support our plays."

Sulsenti added that the timing of idea of a play about Sandy was right — "with the recent devastation of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, that it would resonate with, not only our community, but with high schools around the globe, as a really nice example of, 'art through devastation.'"

The play  will be staged Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m..

Joe Cutter is the afternoon news anchor on New Jersey 101.5

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