The Warren Hills Community Coalition and the Municipal Alliances of Washington Township, Washington Borough, Mansfield and Franklin welcomed John Morello to the Summer Rec at the Hills program at Warren Hills Regional High School on August 2nd..
Morello empowered and inspired the campers, who were 7th through 9th graders, through his captivating performance, “Dirt”. Dirt is a one-man show that uses relatable characters to explore the challenges and decisions that young people face every day. Using hats, jackets and a cane, Morello took on the persona of teens Jason and David (also known as Pi), and Hank, Pi’s grandfather, a World War II veteran. He weaved a story from adolescence into adulthood touching on the topics of depression, peer pressure, self-esteem, bullying and alcohol and drug abuse. The Dirt performance challenged the Summer Rec campers to take action in their lives by urging them to reflect upon the choices they make in their daily lives.
Morello encouraged campers to begin questioning their actions and their decisions to shine a light on how they can do better. His performance motivated everyone in attendance to examine the way they treat one another and the way they treat themselves.
“There was not a single person in the audience that day who was not moved by John Morello and his story,” said Liz Montalvo, Warren Hills Community Coalition Coordinator. “I believe this performance was so powerful that the young people present will be forever changed by it for the better.”
For more information about John Morello please visit his website: http://www.johnmorello.com. To get involved in the prevention efforts of the Warren Hills Community Coalition contact Liz Montalvo at (908) 223-1985.