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Documentary film, “The Anonymous People,” to be shown at The Avalon

Recovery-for-ShoreDocumentary film, “The Anonymous People,” to be shown at The Avalon

“The Anonymous People,” a much-heralded documentary film about the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery and the emerging public recovery movement, will be shown at  The Avalon Theatre in Easton on the evening of Wednesday, February 26, 2014, Sharon Dundon, CAC-AD, addiction specialist, University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, has announced.

Dundon is the organizer of a newly-formed advocacy and planning group, “Recovery for Shore,” which includes representatives from a variety of Mid-Shore social service, health, mental health, business and nonprofit organizations as well as concerned citizens. With the goal of promoting public awareness and support for recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction, bringing this landmark film to the Mid-Shore region is Recovery for Shore’s first initiative.

According to Dundon, “The Anonymous People” features interviews with more than 30 people who are among the millions in long-term recovery from drug and alcohol addiction and who made the courageous decision to speak publicly.  Appearing in the film are an award-winning actress, a former NBA star, a former Miss USA, a veteran news anchor, a former member of the U.S Congress and many others.  These individuals and others have “come out” to help counter prevailing negative public attitudes toward the process of recovery and individuals engaged in it. The film questions why the U.S. has criminalized and given superficial treatment to a chronic illness that has an annual price tag of $350 billion.

“The Anonymous People” aims to transform public discourse in the same way honest, open discussion about topics such as breast cancer, HIV/AIDS, and being gay helped spark widespread change in public perception about those issues.  The film addresses the question, “Why don’t we treat addiction in this country like any other health issue?”

Says Dundon, “Because this film focuses not on the horrors of addiction, but on the true potential and benefits of recovery, we see the screening at The Avalon as an exciting opportunity to get people in our community to begin thinking differently. Many people in our communities lead productive, successful lives in recovery. We believe that this film will help share that reality with our Mid-Shore friends, neighbors, elected representatives and civic leaders. Increasing understanding and changing perceptions – these are first steps toward strengthening support for recovery programs.”

Admission to the film is free but due to limited seating, advance ticketing is highly recommended. Free tickets may be obtained online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-anonymous-people-building-a-recovery-movement-tickets-10189405787 ; Facebook users may visit the Recovery for Shore page and follow links for tickets.  The movie trailer may be viewed online at http://www.theanonymouspeople.com.

Doors to The Avalon will open at 6:30 p.m. and the screening begins at 7 p.m. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

“The Anonymous People” screening is sponsored by University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, Talbot Partnership for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention, Talbot County Prevention Program, Mid-Shore Mental Health, Talbot County Department of Social Services, Rise Up Coffee, Washington Street Pub, Warwick Manor and Recovery for Shore.

Photo: Several members of Recovery For Shore, a newly-formed planning and advocacy group, at a recent meeting regarding the upcoming film screening of “The Anonymous People,” set for February 26 at The Avalon Theater in Easton. Shown are: front row, Sharon Dundon, Tracie Nolan, Kathy Norman, and Bonnie Ball-Doerfler; back row, Gary Pearce, Caroline George, Keith Richardson, Paula Lowery, Emily Joiner and Charles Roe. (Not shown are Ann Marie Cox, Doug Kirby, Diane Lane, Carolyn Jafee, John Winslow, Jackie Davis, Kathy Stevenson, Gary Fry, Neil Edwards, Julian Markham and Kelly Reynolds.

The Met: Live In HD Presents Puccini’s La Fanciulla Del West

The Avalon’s The Met: Live in HD series kicks off the 2011 portion of its impressive line-up this Saturday with the 1pm high definition simulcast of Puccini’s LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST. This production, as always, will be performed live at New York City’s Metropolitan Opera and transmitted via satellite in real-time. The performance runtime is approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes.

Puccini’s wild-west opera had its world premiere in 1910 at the Met. Now, on the occasion of its centennial, all-American diva Deborah Voigt sings the title role of the “girl of the golden west,” starring opposite Marcello Giordani. Nicola Luisotti conducts.

The historic Avalon Theatre is the sole provider on the Eastern Shore of The Met: Live in HD series – and the only performing arts center in the entire state. The combination of superb sound through the theatre’s first class sound system and high definition picture on the big screen, leaves attendees feeling as though they’ve just attended the actual Met.

The Met’s enormously successful, Peabody and Emmy Award-winning series of live transmissions into movie theaters around the world sold more than 2.2 million tickets during the 2009-10 season, effectively tripling its paying audience (approximately 800,000 people attend performances in the opera house in a Met season). The season’s final transmission of Armida, starring Renée Fleming, was seen in more than 1,200 theaters in 44 countries.

Contact the Avalon’s Box Office at 410.822.7299 for half-season subscriptions, as well as single performance ticket sales.

Saturday, January 8 – 1pm. $23/$21/$15
Avalon Theatre – Easton, MD
Box Office: 410.822.7299

The Avalon Announces Summer Camps

The Avalon Foundation is pleased to announce their 2010 lineup of summer camp programs for children. “We will be offering some tried and true programs, as well as some fun new performing arts experiences for the kids. I’m very excited about some of the changes. It’s going to be a busy summer at the theatre!” said Kate Levey, camp director. The always popular Curtain Call Acting Camp will be celebrating its 10th season at the Avalon this summer. Two sessions of Curtain Call will be offered in June.

Last summer, the Avalon Foundation’s MCTV launched its new TV production program, Lights! Camera! Action! The students had a great time learning the ins and outs of a working TV studio, and had some adventures shooting “on location” all around downtown Easton. In one week, they produced a show which still airs periodically on Channel 15. There will be two sessions of Lights! Camera! Action! offered this summer.

New this summer is Petite Players, a half-day introductory acting program for young children, entering grades K – 3.  FUN is the biggest part of the curriculum, along with acting, singing, poetry, and story telling. The children will put on a short recital at noon on the last day. There will be two sessions of Petite Players.

Finally, something new, but not so new… The Avalon Foundation is pleased to partner in offering SummerFame, an acting, singing, and dancing program for teens and pre-teens. SummerFame has been presented and supported for years by CAPA, the Community Alliance for the Performing Arts, which disbanded in 2009. While the program will now be offered through the Avalon Foundation, SummerFame’s excellent program format will remain unchanged. Pam Toll will continue as program director, and most of the instructional staff members will be returning this summer. SummerFame will continue to maintain its commitment to professional quality performance training. “I’m really happy that SummerFame will endure and keep its home at the Avalon. It’s a great program with an excellent reputation in this community.” said Toll. .There will be a two weeks long session of SummerFame for teens, and a one week session for pre-teens.

Financial assistance is available. For more information about registration or scholarships, call Colleen at the Avalon at 410-822-7299.