Good Things, a living room musical
"Good Things a living room musical" is the story of a group of young adults who must learn how to navigate mental illness and tragedy by reminding each other where to find the "Good Things" in life.
Note: This original musical by Emma Harlow aims to begin a discussion about the real obstacles we face every day. There are strong themes of drug abuse, suicide, and death.
January of my sophomore year was one of the loneliest times of my life. I wasnt connecting very well at school and my sister was moving back from college amidst being clinically diagnosed with depression and anxiety. Her battle combined with the pressures of my adolescence brought a lot of darkness into our home and I felt the only way to express my feelings was to write songs. A couple of months into my singing these songs at the piano while my sister would do homework or draw, we began talking about what they meant and began a conversation about mental illness and how it effects all of us. The songs became pieces to a story. I am a firm believer that art often arises out of necessity, and so out came our musical; a story about two sisters and the people they love navigating mental illness and growing up.
I hope this show meets people where they are. I hope it reflects the mess in all of us. I hope it reveals the beauty that is the moment when we choose grace over bitterness, when we ask for help, and when we admit we don't have the answers. I hope it reminds us to love each other, to listen better to the people we love, and to look for more Good Things.
- Emma Harlow
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, in 2017, an estimated 3.2 million adolescents aged 12 to 17 in the United States had at least one major depressive episode. This number represented 13.3% of the U.S. population aged 12 to 17. The prevalence of major depressive episodes was higher among adolescent females (20.0%) compared to males (6.8%). While suicide isn't always linked to depression, most times, mental health is a major factor. Currently, suicide is the second leading cause of death for children, adolescents, and young adults age 5-to-24-year-olds.
Keep looking for good things and keep reminding each other where to find them. If you need help, there will always be someone there, reach out.
National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Sutter Street Theatre (View)
717 Sutter Street
Folsom, CA 95630
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