Normal In Schools

Rating: 5 stars   3 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Mental Health, Education

Location: PO Box 20965 Milwaukee WI 53151 USA

Mission: NORMAL In Schools (NIS) is a nonprofit organization which teaches about the devastating impact of eating disorders and the therapeutic impact of theatre while educating about related issues such as body image, self esteem, family communication and stress management.

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

The main program is a musical-theatre presentation of a family's struggle with an eating disorder and a facilitated talkback. Before I had seen it, I trusted it had good value as a teaching piece, but as a professional singer-actor I was skeptical about it being good theatre. I was so blown away I immediately offered my services to the organization in whatever capacity they needed and found myself part of the presentation and now also on the Board. I have been witness the amazing impact we can have. The more I learn about Normal In Schools, the more impressed I am with every aspect--the vision, the leadership, the organization. I am proud and honored to be part of it.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping people open up about their struggles with eating disorders and seek help and treatment.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

As the mother of a 16 year old daughter, it's vital that I understand the specifics of eating disorders - what to watch for, how to help. Normal presented this all to me in an educational and creative way that allowed me to understand and empathize. ED was an issue that I only knew about through the news, which doesn't paint the full picture. It also is a venue that speaks directly to my daughter, which is not always easy to do! Through witnessing the characters go through the challenges of ED, our whole family was able to truly feel as though we understood the issue. Also, the talk back sessions after the performance provided a way for us to ask additional questions and receive referals if needed.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My increased awareness and compassion for eating disorders.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to get the play viewed by more people!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The dedication of the Board and President. The ability to help support such a good cause.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Poised, dedicated, passionate, driven, creative.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the way the world looks at eating disorders.

Ways to make it better...

If I lived closer to the staff!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

How to get the play seen by more people.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Not only does the play have a "must be heard" message - the quality of the script, music, and actors makes it like seeing a broadway play.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Normal In Schools is an amazing experience lived through the very real life scenario of a family dealing with a daughter/sister's eating disorder. This powerful musical, followed up by a talk-back with professional medical experts on eating disorders, combines the power of ED education through theater with the clinical expertise necessary to help heal the mind and body. In addition, the organization is in the process of putting together a DVD of the musical to be used in conjunction with a high school health class curriculum. There are very deep rooted psychological issues associated with eating disorders and this organization is helping to spread the word that there are many people out there suffering from the same conditions and by becoming aware of the warning signs and working through them with an open mind, great successes can be obtained.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching the faces of those who experience NORMAL for the first time and hearing the success stories that come out of seeing the musical and being involved in the talk-back sessions.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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