Monday, November 18th, 2013 at 6:30pm at the New Milford High School Theater. FREE EVENT for Parents and students (Middle School & up recommended). Sponsored by the New Milford Substance Abuse Prevention Council, SADD, and the Youth Agency. “What began as a therapeutic side project has turned into one of the most popular assemblies for students across the country. Actor/Comedian John Morello considers himself a survivor of a high risk childhood. Having spent most of his life watching friends and family become victims of destructive decisions he responded by writing the one man show “Dirt”. Not a lecture or seminar, “Dirt” is a play of many characters all performed by one actor. With 15 years of stage experience Morello comically and effortlessly slips in and out of the characters to tell a story which is compelling, unique, and yet is unfortunately the story of far too many of our young people. Audiences are sure to see someone they know or can relate to and it is this cathartic recognition that has been connecting with young people across the country. Recently Morello’s show “Dirt” has become the number
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one recommended assembly for young people by the New England and New Jersey chapters of SADD, MADD, and ASAP (Association of Student Assistance Professionals). “Dirt” is now endorsed for camps and retreats like TIGS, MADD Power Camp, and numerous peer mediation groups. The formula for this success is quite simple according to Morello. “ Kids don’t need flashing lights, cliches, and a circus production to connect with them. Like all of us they want honesty, respect, and someone who is real.” As characters speak honestly about their experiences the audience understands how seemingly disconnected lives are indeed tied together and influencing each-other. In the end “Dirt” addresses the core reasons for substance abuse such as self esteem, depression, and a desire to find a purpose in this often chaotic life.” For questions on the event, please contact the NM Youth Agency (860) 354-0047 For more info on John Morello or the Show please visit: http://johnmorello.com/wordpress/the-show/