In 1979, Casella staged the first “Theme Show” at Woodloch, which was a tribute to westerns. The evening began with costumed characters greeting guests as they arrived for dinner, followed by a parade and ultimately to The North Lodge where the cast would perform the show. Our theater has gotten bigger, the show a little more involved, but the night is a tradition we still happily celebrate twice a week to this day- about 100 shows a year! Joey also fronts “The Company,” Woodloch’s house band that performs live music during midweeks at the resort and all throughout the Poconos.
Every year, Joey not only performs in the current Theme Show but also spends over 6 months writing, directing, and recruiting for the next Theme Show. 40 years later, he remains humble. Although every entertainer enjoys a round of applause, “for me, it’s less of a personal thing,” says Joey. “I’m happier for the resort than for myself.”
Joey is a recipient of the Pocono Mountains Vacation Bureau Lifetime Achievement Award, and we are happy to salute him this year!