“Faces of NSI; Voices of Hope & Change”

NSI Academy serves youth between the ages of 13 and 18 with emotional and behavioral problems.
NSI Academy serves youth between the ages of 13 and 18 with emotional and behavioral problems.

Each spring, the students in the Drama and Music program at NSI Academy in Sheridan present a year-end production at the WYO Theatre, culminating graduation and family visit day.

Using the Arts as a means to help the NSI students work through the emotional issues that caused the behaviors that brought them to Sheridan, “Faces of NSI: Voices of Hope & Change” puts a different spin on the usual spring production.

Lisa Herron is the drama director with NSI Academy, coming into the department full-time in January. She describes the idea behind “Faces of NSI...”

17-year-old “Marcus” came to NSI Academy 6½ months ago from Stockton, California. He tells us about his original rap he wrote for the performance on May 28th, and also about how NSI has helped him.

Alli is a 14-year-old girl from Pryor, Montana, who has been at NSI for six months. She will be performing some pieces adapted from “Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul”, a monologue that she and Lisa Herron put together, as well as narrating some portions of the program.

NSI has been very helpful for Alli, she says.

Last but certainly not least is Tim, a 17-year-old young man from Montana who will have completed a year at NSI Academy on June 30th. He wrote a performance piece for the Voices of Hope & Change production, a “positive piece called 'Love for Life'”. Tim tells us how NSI has helped him, and what his future goals are.

The community and family members will get to hear from Marcus, Alli, Tim and their fellow students present “Faces of NSI – Voices of Hope & Change” will be held at The WYO Theatre on Saturday, May 28th at 7 pm.

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