April 4, 2019 at 7:00pm
In 2016 more Americans died from overdoses than in the entire Vietnam War conflict. And yet those new casualties are rarely considered victims of disease. The documentary film “Written Off” is challenging conventional thinking about addiction. By taking the viewer inside an individual’s fight against opioids, through personal journals, Written Off combats stigma and humanizes the victim.The film chronicles the life of Matthew Edwards, a Crandon High School graduate, whose addiction to opioids began at age 15, after being prescribed pain medicine for a minor surgery. His grippingly honest writing reveals the secrets he tried so hard to conceal throughout a decade long struggle to escape addiction. Matthew’s mother, Jane Funk, currently a teacher at Crandon High School, published the book “What I Couldn’t Tell you : one Man’s Struggle with Opioid Addiction” in June of 2017 and worked with filmmakers Molly Hermann and Rob Lyall on the “Written Off” documentary.
“Every day, there’s another story about the opioid epidemic, another overdose, another mug shot. But these stories often work to reinforce the stigma of addiction instead of humanizing it,” explains filmmaker Molly Hermann, who wrote, directed and co-produced Written Off. “Matt didn’t want to do drugs but he didn’t know how to get out. That struggle is right there in his own words, he chronicled every cc and milligram that went into his body and every dollar he shelled out to get more, all as he tried desperately to get clean.” “We know this film is already making a difference – we hear from people who see it that it made them recognize the addiction of a family member for the first time.” says Co-Producer and Director of Photography Rob Lyall.
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All students who attend schools in The Northern Lakes Conference (Crandon, Laona, Wabeno, White Lake, Three Lakes, Florence, Goodman/Armstrong Creek, Phelps, Elcho and Pembine) have the opportunity to compete in the Huisman Honors Recital Competition. This event is named after longtime educator and arts supporter Richard Huisman. Richard was a teacher, principal and superintendent for the School District of Wabeno.
The honors recital competition is open to all instrumentalists, as well as vocalists, guitarists, and pianists who have performed a Class A Solo for the 2019 Solo and Ensemble Season. Each student entry must perform the music that they prepared for Solo and Ensemble. Eight to Ten students will be selected to perform at the honors recital. Each student chosen will receive a plaque of merit for being chosen to represent their school and community. One of the students selected to perform will receive a $250+ scholarship.
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A sports widow is “mad as hell” and she’s not going to take it anymore! The football commissioner mysteriously resigns. A cheerleader stages her own kidnapping. A referee is up to his ears in drug deals and bad calls. This deadly game goes into overtime for an intricate scheme of revenge and cover ups that invites a lot of audience participation. If you are interested in participating or would like to schedule an audition please call (715) 889-1606 or email email@example.com. All auditions must be complete by September 20th. If acting is not for you, we have positions on the stage crew and other supportive roles.
This production will take place November 15-18, 2018. The rehearsals will begin in October. You can purchase tickets for this show by going to wabenoareaplayers.brownpapertickets.com or by calling (800) 838-3006.
October 13-15, 2016
By Dr. Daniel Boatright
Planting Season is a comedy in three acts. Digby Dye, whose hoped for career was cut short by a petty politician and one little barn full of dead race horses, is a funeral home owner in Wabeno. He and his partner, Gustav, have found themselves unlikely and unplanned accomplices of a high-end fashion fraud, a mafia kingpin who has an abundance of bodies to hide, and an Alabama Bootlegger attempting to get his “old family recipe” up to those thirsty Canadians. Each of the arch-criminals wants all the coffins Digby and Gustav can supply for their nefarious purposes. Sadly, they don’t really have enough to fill the needs of one, much less all three of the criminals as they try to juggle the precarious situation….and survive it. Amber Dawn, Digby’s girlfriend, who is “the smart one” of the group, is trying to dig Digby out of the hole he’s in. Others in this adventure include Police Commissioner Martini, Detective Cosmo, and a variety of other friends…or are they friends?
13th and 14th Shows are at 7:00pm
15th show is at 2:00pm and 7:00pm
Cocktail Hour Starts at 1:00pm/6:00pm
All performances are at Madonna Hall located 1793 Elm Ave., Wabeno, WI located behind St. Ambrose Catholic Church. For reservations please call (715) 889-1606 or (715) 473-5466.