50 Gloucester Residents Take to the Stage to Present “In Harm’s Way”, Speaking Out about Domestic Violence

More than 50 Gloucester residents, including top officials, community leaders, and more than 20 high school students, will present the drama In Harm’s Way, on Friday, May 8, 2009, at 7 p.m., at Gloucester High School. Now in its fifth production on the North Shore, the play is a powerful dramatization of stories drawn from victims of domestic abuse, teen dating violence, bullying and teasing.

The production is being made possible by the Gloucester Public Schools under a Safe and Supporting Learning Environments (SSLE) grant, awarded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The grant’s purpose is to help create a climate at Gloucester High School where students feel safe and welcome, so they can learn and achieve to their highest potential.

Sponsored by HAWC, the domestic violence agency serving the North Shore, and written and directed by Nicki Richon-Schoel, In Harm’s Way has been widely recognized as an important tool in helping communities confront domestic violence. More than 2,000 people have attended previous productions in Lynn, Peabody, Ipswich and Gloucester, and In Harm’s Way has also been featured on community cable televison in several North Shore communities.

In Harm’s Way weaves together stories of survival and hope through drama, poetry, music and dance. The upcoming production will feature Loretta Peres the work of acclaimed slam poet Dr.Thema Bryant-Davis of Pepperdine University and a former NGO representative to the United Nations.

Others in the cast include Mayor Carolyn Kirk, State Senator Bruce Tarr, State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante, Gloucester Police Lieutenant Joe Aiello, Cape Ann Savings Bank vice president Bob Gillis, North Shore United Way executive director Margo Casey, and rock-and-roll musician Willie Loco Alexander.

In Harm’s Way is best suited for adults and young people age 13 and over. Admission is a suggested donation of $10, or for students and seniors, a suggested donation of $2.

Gloucester High School is located on Leslie O. Johnson Road, off Centennial Avenue and Route 127 in Gloucester near the “Man at the Wheel” Fishermen’s Memorial.

CONTACTS:

Nicki Richon-Schoel

(978) 853-3340

nrichonsschoel@comcast.net

Ann-Marie Jordan

Gloucester Public Schools

(978) 281-9816

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