The RAs will act out multiple scenarios related to alcohol related issues that might occur within the community. Each scene results in a negative outcome. After each scene plays out, however, the RAs will act out that scene again. This time audience members will be able to yell “Stop!” during a moment in the scene where they feel like one of the characters could act in a different way. They will replace that character onstage and try to mitigate the situation. This will be followed by a debrief where the RAs will outline what went well, and what could have been improved.
Acting out a real-life situation would help students grasp the difficulty and ambiguity that exists when dealing with alcohol related issues, and will prepare them for any similar situations that might actually arise throughout the year.
Scene 1: Helping An Intoxicated Friend
Scene focuses around three people, one who has passed out out of intoxication. The other friends are not sure what they should do when taking care of the unconscious friend and whether or not to report it. They are unsure whether they should report it to an RA, for fear that the RAs will tell the residence director, who will then tell the friend’s parents.
- Friends will place other in recovery position, if they are unresponsive they will be brought into the hospital, if there are any concerning symptoms such as convulsing, frothing at the mouth etc. they are brought to the hospital.
- They should feel comfortable reporting to an RA since this situation is confidential, they should know the RA on duty/call phone number they would call
Scene 2: Detecting Alcoholism and Next Steps
Scene begins the morning after the friend becomes intoxicated. One of the person's friends comes into the room, hoping to confront them about their use of alcohol. They describe how they've noticed their dependency on alcohol, and suggest that they might need to seek support. However, the friend immediately becomes defensive, avoids the conversation, and begins to alienate you as a friend. Although you are worried about their well-being, you are unsure where to turn or how to deal with the situation.
-Addressing the concern in a non-confrontational manner, using an RA as a facilitator, knowing the resources to refer them to