MEET THE CAST and Crew

Here are a few of the Drug Story Theater kids from each of our three plays: "The Price You Pay"; "The Price You Pay: Second Chances"; and "The Price You Pay: Changes for the Better"

 
 
 
  Shana was originally scared to get on stage, so Dr. Shrand said she could just sell tickets. She overcame her fears and has been in all three of Drug Story Theater shows!

 Shana was originally scared to get on stage, so Dr. Shrand said she could just sell tickets. She overcame her fears and has been in all three of Drug Story Theater shows!

Shana

Shana has been in all three of Drug Story Theater's plays: 

  • The Price You Pay

  • The Price You Pay: Second Chances  

  • The Price You Pay: Changes For The Better

How old are you now? 

“I’m 21”

How Old Were You When You Started Using?

“I was 13 or 14 when I started using”

What did you start with?

“I started with weed”

What is the hardest part about staying sober?

“One of the hardest parts about staying sober is pushing myself to do what I need to stay sober when I don't want to do anything of the sort. Example : it’s a lot easier/more fun to sit at home and watch TV than to do my step work or go to a meeting.”

How do you work on your sobriety?

“I work on my sobriety in many ways, some of which are setting goals that I want and can only achieve by being sober, stepwork to understand and better myself, and going to meetings to stay connected with other sober people.”

What are three things that make you happy?

“Nature, ice cream, and Doug”.

 

 
 Ladies and Gentlemen.... The Amazing Heather!

Ladies and Gentlemen.... The Amazing Heather!

Heather

Heather is in this Drug Story Theater play: 

  • The Price You Pay

  • The Price You Pay: Second Chances 

How old are you now?

“I’m 17”

How Old Were You When You Started Using?

“I was 11 when I started using ”

What did you start with?

“I started with spice”

What is the hardest part about staying sober?

“The hardest part about staying sober is staying sober itself, because it's an everyday battle."

How do you work on your sobriety?

“I work on my sobriety with DST, having a job at a dog shop, and trying to stay busy to keep my mind off of drugs.”

What are three things that make you happy?

“My dogs, watching movies, and eating.”

 

 

 
 Emily - a girl who knows her science!

Emily - a girl who knows her science!

Emily

Emily is in this Drug Story Theater play: 

  • The Price You Pay

  • The Price You Pay: Second Chances 

How old are you now?

“I’m 16”

How Old Were You When You Started Using?

“I was 12 when I started using ”

What did you start with?

“I started with alcohol”

What is the hardest part about staying sober?

“The hardest part about staying sober is not using when I’m bored. I find it really hard to stay sober when I have nothing to do. I try to keep myself busy any way I can to take my mind off it."

How do you work on your sobriety?

“I work on my sobriety by doing things that make me feel happy and accomplished. Having people look up to you as a role model is a much better feeling than being high/drunk.”

What are three things that make you happy?

“My family, friends, and dogs.”

 

 
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Melvin

Melvin is in this Drug Story Theater play: 

·       The Price You Pay

·       The Price You Pay: Changes for the Better 

How old are you now?

“I’m 20”

How Old Were You When You Started Using?

“I was 14 when I started using ”

What did you start with?

“I started with weed”

What is the hardest part about staying sober?

“The hardest part about staying sober is not using when going through hard times”

How do you work on your sobriety?

“I work on my sobriety by doing things that were recommended to me like distracting myself from thinking about it, finding new hobbies, avoiding the people I used with, motivating young people like myself when I see they are risking their lives by using, and working on my step work”

What are three things that make you happy? 

“My family, my relationship with my higher power, and my girlfriend”

 

 
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Jacob

Jacob is in this Drug Story Theater play: 

·       The Price You Pay: Changes for the Better 

How old are you now?

“I’m 17”

How Old Were You When You Started Using?

“I was 13 when I started using ”

What did you start with?

“I started with weed”

What is the hardest part about staying sober?

“The hardest part about staying sober is finding the moments that make me happy and calm. ”

How do you work on your sobriety?

“I make a conscious effort to take deep breaths and concentrate on good memories to remember when times are tough”

What are three things that make you happy? 

“Painting, taking walks around town and taking healthy risks”

 

 

 
 Nicole at Wednesday rehearsal   

Nicole at Wednesday rehearsal

 

Nicole

Nicole Conlon-McCombe is Drug Story Theater's Director and Scriptwriter. She is also a Professor at Massasoit Community College and Bridgewater State. She has written all three of Drug Story Theater's shows: "The Price You Pay"; "The Price You Pay: Second Chances"; and "The Price You Pay: Changes for the Better".

 

 

"The Price You Pay" highlights negative peer pressure, the potential for marijuana to be a gateway drug to opioids, and the effect addiction has on family relationships.  Woven throughout the performance are “machines” - short repeated phrases and movements - depicting the seduction of, addiction to, and recovery from drugs and alcohol.  This performance is geared toward high school students.

 

"The Price You Pay: Second Chances" is an emotional look into the impact drugs and alcohol have on teens and their relationships and their ability to perform in school.  The characters struggle with anxiety and depression, leading them down the path to addiction and self-harm.  This performance is geared toward middle school students.

 

"The Price You Pay: Changes for the Better" shows many sides of addiction.  The audience sees the struggle not only of addicted teens but also the pain caused by addicted parents.  This performance is geared toward high school and college students, as there is mature material that addresses physical and sexual assault and rape resulting from being under the influence of drugs and alcohol.