Pictured above: Back row – Assistant Director Ian Vosseler, Taylor Hough, Annika Jorgensen, Alexandra Rivers, Dylan Reckner, Riley Hohenstein, Sammy Blackburn, Daniel Mitchell, Dianna Vassallo, Bryan Hagelin, Jake Bookbinder, Chad Moran, and Director Kristin Hannings.
Middle row – Sarah Graham, Morgan White, Claire O’Neill, Melanie Dubil, and Zach Cahill.
Front row (seated) – Kate Schill, Soren Madsen, Alan Sonntag, and Julianna Vasick.
Photography by Lisa Schaffer
On March 19 and 21, 2015 Hatboro-Horsham Theatre partnered with Be a Part of the Conversation to present their most recent production of ADDICT.
Addict is a play written by Jerome McDonough, and adapted and directed by Kristin Hannings of Hatboro-Horsham High School.
The play brings to life the impact of substance misuse among adolescents through a series of vignettes, each focusing on a specific drug. Our mission behind staging this gripping drama is to reveal the struggles that so many young people face through authentic stories, many of which are based on actual events. The play has been updated in order to ensure accuracy and to reflect current trends in drug use.
Following all Addict performances produced by Be a Part of the Conversation, audience members are encouraged to remain for a discussion with cast members, young people in recovery, and professionals working in the field of addiction. This is a very intense theatrical piece, and we believe that processing the play’s content will lead to insightful discussions and can be helpful on many levels.
A few questions have been asked that we would like to address:
Q. Will there be another opportunity to see the play?
A. This question has been asked so often that we do hope to find other opportunities to bring this production to another stage in the area. Please stay tuned! If you would like to be updated on this and other programs offered by Be a Part of the Conversation, you may want to receive our e-newsletter.
Q. Was the play recorded?
A. No. While we would love for as many people as possible to see the play, we believe that it is best experienced in a live theatrical venue. We also feel strongly that it is important to provide an opportunity to process the play immediately following the performance. Many of our audience members came together in the school cafeteria to talk about the impact of the play’s performances and the story lines that were presented.
Here are some things that people had to say about Addict.
Feedback from Audience Members
“I have to tell you I haven’t stopped thinking about the powerful performances I saw last night. And I told everyone I came in contact with today about the experience!”
“This play is a must see! Not only a must see play but a play that needs to expand out of Hatboro-Horsham High School and into other schools!!”
“I saw the play last night and the cast and script were amazing. This is what our schools need to be sharing with our families to help save our kids. We all need more education! Love is not enough anymore. Thank you all for your hard work!”
“The cast did a phenomenal job. So much passion! I held back the tears but I couldn’t hold them back at the end.”
“Wow. What an excellent play. We saw it on Thursday night plus went back on Saturday night. Everyone should see this play to help parents know the signs of drug misuse before it takes their life. It really does need to expand out of HHHS into all schools to help other students get more involved in saving a life before it is too late.”
“Congratulations to the directors, cast, crew, and BPOC! The newest adaptation of ADDICT provided a riveting voice about addiction and substance misuse to our HH community drawing us away from stigmas and towards empathy. Parents, young people, and community members alike, you MUST see this play!”
Feedback from Educators about the School Day Previews of Addict
“I applaud the outstanding job that you and the students have done yet again with the presentation of Addict. The research and dedication to giving these characters an authentic voice is to be commended as well. My congratulations to all involved, as a teacher here for 13 years I find this production to be the most valuable assembly that we offer.”
“Thanks for all of your work on this outstanding production. My students came back discussing the impact it had on them when they were watching it and the quality of the acting and show in general. They were moved – they had meaningful things to say and they were open to sharing their ideas and their fears. Each actor was outstanding. I thought the writing was particularly excellent. The voices of the students were spot on. It was chilling how authentic the language was. It didn’t pander to teens in the least, but it captured their ideas, sentiments and manners better than just about any production I’ve ever seen. You nailed it.”
“I thought it was a very realistic portrayal of the issues that are often swept under the rug in our society. I was very moved by the performances. My students were also moved, and some shared some incredibly wonderful (and sad) stories about their own family and friends. One even had a call to action, asking why we only discuss this serious issue once in a while, as opposed to trying to bring it out into the open.”
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Kim's Certified Family Recovery Specialist (CFRS) credential was created for adults who have been directly impacted by another person's substance use disorder. The CFRS shares their lived experience with other families to provide recovery support services. A CFRS is trained to help families move into and through the recovery process.
With more than 25 years of experience in graphics and marketing, Kim had a freelance graphic design business and was the Marketing Coordinator of the Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation after several years as a member of their Board of Directors. Today she is happy to put all that creative energy into spreading the word about Be a Part of the Conversation.
Kim earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism at West Virginia University, with a concentration in public relations. She was proud to serve as WVU's student body president. Kim started out as an advertising account executive at a newspaper, then learned the graphic design trade while working with her mentor and friend, Chuck Moran, at his design firm in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Kim currently lives in Newtown Square, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. She previously lived in Horsham Township for 22 years, where she and Michael raised two wonderful children who support this amazing journey she has embarked upon.
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