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The Dance Eclectic has chosen to explore mental illness loosely based on the children’s book Where the Wild Things Are. by Maurice Sendak. Max is a business woman working in a high stress company. She has always felt out of step with the world but there is no room for second guesses in corporate America. Our story begins in the company office where Max navigates the demands of her job. In the beginning she is able to manage the stress of the job and panic attacks that plague her, however, she slowly loses control and the Wild Things creep in. Her friend tries to help her through the ups and downs but eventually guides her to get professional help. Once Max is in a facility to help her she goes through the trial of finding out what exactly is wrong with her and what medicines she needs to take. She is reluctant to listen to the doctor at first but with her friend’s help she begins to realize that it is necessary. All the while, the Wild Things try to influence her. Max is able to return to work at the company again. She is met with the same stress as before but this time is different. She is able to cope with the stress and able to expel the Wild Things as they start to creep in again. She is on the right path in a long journey of coping with mental illness.
We want to thank Brett Cornwell for putting this show together for us and making it so much more than we could imagine. We also want to thank Josh Bleiweiss for helping us get organized for filming.
This show is dedicated to all of those who struggle with mental illness, whether it is clinical or situational/social, as well as those who support family and friends who have mental illness. If this show resonates with you or has you thinking that you might be struggling with mental illness, please talk to someone, ask for help. Here are some great resources to help you get on the path to healing. Visit https://www.nami.org/Support-Education/NAMI-HelpLine/Top-HelpLine-Resources
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