Addictions, a new independent dramatic feature length film production written, produced and directed by Matthew R. Marshall and presented by m & s Marshall Productions, in association with Creative Minds, will premiere Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. at Almanarah Presbyterian Church in London.
This 86-minute dramatic production follows the story of Kayla Butler (Jacqueline Peter), who due to some reckless actions has found herself in legal trouble and has been court ordered into the Lost Sheep Addiction program. Butler is forced to face the painful events in her life that she does not want to share and has led her to this point. Now she must face a review panel to tell them her story and try to convince them she has turned her life around.
“In life we all make decisions and some times the choices we make have consequences. We have to live with the repercussions of our actions and the paths we have taken,” said Marshall in a news release. “Sometimes one event can drastically change the direction we are going. Redemption from this event may have a price.”
Through Butler telling her story, the production explores a number of common addictions that people are struggling with in society today. In the program Butler must now admit she has an addiction and introduces the audience to a number of people she meets, each with their own addictions.
“The production has a lot of interesting and complex characters. I think everybody who watches it will find someone that they relate to on some level,” Marshall said.
Each character within “Addictions” has been labelled based on their social class, the people they associated with, what they have done, their life style or crimes they had committed. Each is enduring the social sentence that had been handed out to them while dealing with the scars and baggage of choices and events in their lives. They must admit that they have given themselves up to and become unduly dependent upon a substance or activity that has become something harmful to their well-being.
This production features the cast of Peter, Brianna Popowczak, Stephanie Klassen, Sara Douglas, Bethany Mink, Fern Pridham, Corina Leatherdale, Patti Muma-Cook, Rya Walford, Chesney Sickles-Jarvis, Bryce Jones, Larry Hicks, Kathleen Elizabeth Henderson, Patricia Hicks, and Mohammed Essam. Additional cast that was part of the production includes Valerie Cron, Andrew Khalil, Hanaa Azzouz, Pheenie Pearse, Josiah Hughey and Chelsea Manual.