Theater group to engage youth and community in substance abuse prevention tomorrow

in Newport

NEWPORT — The 2013 Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey reports that 28 percent of high school students in Newport replied that they were offered, sold, or given an illegal drug on school property in the past year, which is a rate ten percent higher than other schools around the state.

It is often difficult to engage youth in thinking about the potential problems associated with substance use. That’s why HealthWorks Coalition is bringing the Improbable Players Theater from Boston. They plan to engage youth from around the region with a creative approach to education for prevention.

There will be a free performance at the Goodrich Memorial Library on April 28th, at 7:00 p.m. The Improbable Players will also do two shows at the high school in Newport, performing for seven hundred students and leading a question and answer session afterwards.

In the afternoon, youth can participate in a free theater improv workshop to create skits and perform them in the evening. Participation is open to all youth between the ages of 12 and 22, and they are encouraged to contact HealthWorks/NEKLS Coalition to sign up.

The name of the Improbable Player’s show is “I’ll Never Do That,” and it refers to situations where kids have an intention not to use drugs or drink alcohol, and explores how things can happen to challenge that intention.

For more information call 802-334-2725.

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