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Addiction Brought to Life

Hatboro-Horsham High School will stage "Addict," a one-act play in the fall

Weed. Blow. Crack. Black tar. Brew.

While the pseudonyms for drugs and alcohol may sound cool, another term that could go along with the progressive over-consumption of those – addict – is decidedly un-cool.

In an ongoing effort to shed light on the perils of drug and alcohol abuse, will stage “Addict,” an eye-opening one-act play in the fall.

The “important messages” that writer Jerome McDonough conveys about various forms of substance abuse are something that “everybody needs to see,” according to Kim Rubenstein, the parent liaison for the district’s drug and alcohol awareness initiative, Be A Part of the Conversation.

“It’s a difficult subject, but it’s so important,” Rubenstein said.

Play auditions will be held on June 15 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the high school, according to Director Kristin Hannings.

“I will be asking them to cold-read a short paragraph/monologue,” Hannings said in an e-mail to Patch. “No acting experience is necessary and students do NOT need to prepare anything.”

Rehearsals will start June 27 and will continue each Wednesday throughout the summer, Hannings said.

The 70-minute play will be staged Sept. 21 and Sept. 22 at the high school, Hannings said.

Rubenstein hopes to offer small previews of the play during assemblies once school is back in session in September. A fall play is a bit out of the ordinary for the high school, Rubenstein said, adding that the purpose is for it to kick off the school year.

“I really think people will show up for this,” Rubenstein said. “I think it’s going to be very compelling and provocative.”

As is the case with the district’s other Be A Part of the Conversation events, Rubenstein said trained facilitators would be on hand after the shows to talk in small groups about the play.

For more information on the casting call, to view the listing on Patch’s event calendar, or e-mail Hannings with any questions. 

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