Virtual Theater as a Means to Address Substance Use with Elementary School Students
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Metro Theater Company adapted its planned touring production of Jacked! into a new virtual format – featuring animation, actors, hip hop artists, and a local recording studio – in order to bring the production and its message to life in a new way. Inspired by the Jack and the Beanstalk story, playwright Idris Goodwin used elements of the popular fairytale to explore addiction, dependency, and substance use from the perspective a child. Join key artists involved with the creation of the production, including Jarris Williams (who plays Jack) and animator Michael Tran to examine the ways in which this project is reaching young people across the St. Louis region in unexpected ways, generating classroom and family dialogue around substance use in an age-appropriate manner. Excerpts from the production will be shared, as well as recorded commentary from the playwright and director, with a Q&A to follow with the artists and MTC Managing Director Joe Gfaller.
One CEU contact hour certificate is available for $5.00.
The COA (Coalition on Addictions) is a networking/continuing education program for those who work in the local substance use field, as well as students and interested others. The COA is a program of PreventEd.