Behind the scenes
ABOUT THE SHOW
THIS STREAMING PERFORMANCE WAS RECORDED ON MAY 27, AT THE BARRE OPERA HOUSE, BARRE, VT.
A timely original work 35 years in the making by Jim Thompson - a long time Vermont artist, entertainer and educator. Inspired by a brief stint in the mental health field, a history of mental illness in his own family, and his own personal experience, Jim set out to present us with an uplifting, honest and insightful look at love, joy, pain, life and death. All this in the setting of a transitional group home, a production rich with song, and a cast of characters who will touch your heart.
Halfway There takes place in a group home for young adults (20 - 40 years old) with mild to moderate psychiatric problems. Designed as a stepping-stone from mental institutions to independent living in the community. Also designed to make money - only the wealthy need apply. Set up in an old building, a former fancy resort in the country, with a homey atmosphere.
Max and Claire are residents who fall in love and eventually marry, after surviving an initial misunderstanding (Claire thought Max was a staff member) and the arrival of bad boy Frank who for a short time became Claire's new love interest. Max has many mentors who guide him through all this, including Teddy - the director, Ronni - the music therapist, and Willy - the old man, and self-taught philosopher, who has remained from days long gone by as the handyman.