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BDACT Presents "With One Voice"

Jan 23, 2018 10:21AM ● Published by Jim

Cast members (top row, l. to r.) Trevor Kastien, Christina Miller, Sheryl Milarch, (front row, l. to r.) Co-Director Dan Doyle, and cast members Barbara Vockroth, and Jim McMillan. photo: submitted

Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre performers are in rehearsal to stage a special program, “With One Voice,” supported by a grant from the Dodge County Crime Prevention Council, to be presented for a general audience on Friday, January 26, 7:00 PM, and Saturday, January 27, 4:00 PM. The actors will perform staged readings from writings that share personal experiences or observations regarding the opioid crisis within the Dodge County community. The program, presented collaboratively by community service organizations BDACT, PAVE, and C.A.R.E for Dodge County, will also feature several vocal performances. A post-show panel discussion by resource people and moderated by WBEV News Director Craig Warmbold will welcome audience questions and responses.

Dan Doyle, Co-Director, said, “People from all walks of life and of all ages answered our call for the submission of writings. We commend them for their courage in offering their own words about the serious crisis of opioid addiction in their lives and within our county.  Since we need heightened awareness and more integration of services, I am especially pleased that resource people and handouts will be available after the program.”

For Co-Director Annette Kamps, “With One Voice” was inspired by previous BDACT presentations that reflected significant social issues and by encouragement from a member of the Crime Prevention Council, chaired by Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt. “I applaud BDACT and the council for recognizing that theater is an impactful way to bring concerns such as this to our audiences. Dramatizing these stories awakens the reality of crisis in a very effective way.”

Kamps said this is a program for anyone, ages twelve and up, and emphasized the importance of parents or guardians to accompany students. “Because of the nature of some of the writers’ experiences, there are some sexual, violence, and abuse references. Unfortunately, sometimes these are realities that accompany addiction and need to be addressed.”

Doyle emphasized the importance of attendance to raise awareness and concern about drug addiction. “This is a show that will appeal to a broader audience, beyond BDACT’s usual fans. It is a non-threatening format that includes dramatic readings of testimonies, stories, poetry, and more.  It offers compelling information in a very engaging way by local talent. We believe the audience will appreciate it and greatly benefit from it.”

Cast members include Jim McMillan, Barbara Vockroth, Seth Barudin, Elisha Barudin, Trevor Kastien, Christina Miller, Sheryl Milarch, Joe Lord, and Middle School student Kellen Geschke. Vocal soloists are Bryce Muenchow, Desiree Grin with band accompaniment by Larry Grin and Tyler Kimple, Christina Miller, and a duet by Middle School students Alanna Schuett and Mylana Lunde, with accompaniment by Vanessa Heeringa.

Panelists include professional and organization representatives and several who are in recovery. They are, but not limited to, Sheriff Dale Schmidt, Mayor Becky Glewen, Brenda Tratar, C.A.R.E., Wendy Borner, C.A.R.E., Teresa Nienow, PAVE, Dan Doyle, District Attorney Kurt Klomberg, Dr. Seth Barudin, Officer Meaghan Scott, Desiree G., and Nadine Machovech.

Brenda Tratar, C.A.R.E. Vice-President, and Teresa Nienow, PAVE director, are integrally involved in the planning and implementation of the “With One Voice” program, and C.A.R.E President Wendy Bornor is coordinating a “With One Voice” art exhibit, to be displayed in the theater lobby. Bornor said, "C.A.R.E. for Dodge County is grateful to be a part of this project because “the theater is an educational venue that we would have never thought possible.  This grant provides us a very creative way to bring awareness, education and prevention to our communities, helping us to bridge that gap found between addiction and recovery.  Keeping with our mission, empowering families choosing a life of recovery, we host support groups for the families affected by substance use disorder, we have on staff certified Recovery Coaches, have held sober events, do presentations and much more to support recovery."
Nienow explained that the “With One Voice” project is directly connected to the services that PAVE (People Against a Violent Environment) provides. “Our approach acknowledges the myriad of struggles facing those who have experienced trauma, focusing on supporting each victim/survivor's choices and educating them in options for a violence free future.”

BDACT President Scott Eberle expressed his serious concern about the opioid crisis and sees collaboration with other community organizations as an important part of BDACT’s mission. “We welcome the opportunity to partner with PAVE and C.A.R.E for this program.  Because BDACT has the grant support from the Crime Prevention Council, and to be sure that this program is available to all, admission will be free.” He noted that donations for the benefit of PAVE and C.A.R.E. will be collected after the show.

For more information, see www.bdact or call 920-885-6891
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