A Theater of Life To Show and End Violence & Teasing Between Teenagers in Schools!
Bang, Bang You’re Dead!
by William Mastrosimone
Directed By Deborah J. Carpenter
Timothy D. Turner, Educational Director & YPT Artistic Director
Lighting Designer by Timothy D. Turner
Sound Design by Jimmy Miller
Set Construction by Sy Olsen
Short Master Class with David W. Clevinger
Production by Bay Street Players’ Young Peoples Theater (YPT) of Eustis, Florida
Performances on April 20, 2007 @ 7:00 p.m. & April 22, 2007 @ 3 p.m.
at Historic State Theatre in downtown Eustis at 109 North Bay Street (click for map)
"Bang Bang You're Dead" is a resource for dealing with a broken world that's violent, unhealthy, unfair, and beyond the power of anyone to fix except today's generation. It's about a theater of life. This play was made to show and end violence and teasing between teenagers in schools. When the play was performed for the first time, more than 100,000 downloads from internet occurred of the video play and many other schools around the world began to perform the play. The play centers on the lead character Josh, a teenage boy who shoots his parents and five schoolmates, and is then haunted by physical manifestations of his memories of them.
A NOTE OF DEDICATION...
In the wake of recent tragic campus shootings at Virginia Tech, this play is a timely reminder of the continued relevance of education and intervention by students to cope with the aftermath of school violence. Governor Timothy M. Kaine of Virgina has declared a statewide day of mourning for Friday, April 20, 2007 for the victims of Monday’s tragedy at Virginia Tech. He has encouraged other communities in Virginia and across the nation to hold their own ceremonies. We lift up our production as a Dedication to the Victims, as we hold the familes, friends and all those effected by these recent tragedies in our thoughts. Listen, remember, reflect and heal.
Spring 2007 Acting Troupe Members
Rachel Cain, Sarah DeMaris, Jamie Doney, Casey Marchand, Sarah Redmond, Philadelphia Shoop, Kayla Townsley, Joe Vatter, Julia Vatter &Mitchell Wimberly
Josh played by Joe Vatter
Katie played by Philadelphia Shoop
Michael played by Mitchell Wimberly
Jesse played by Jaime Downey
Mary played by Casey Marchand
Emily played by Sarah Redmond
Actor 1 played by Julia Vatter
Actor 2 played by Cera DesMaris
Actor 3 played by Kala Townsley
Actor 4 played by Rachel Cain
Voice from Above played by Deborah J. Carpenter
Stage Director Biography
Deborah graduated from Barry University in 1971 with a degree in Speech, Drama & Education. A founding parent of the Bay Street Players' organization in 1974 in her hometown of Eustis, she founded Young People's Theater division in Jan. of 1975. The school began with 18 students - grew to 37 by its 2nd year and then only grew - to its now relatively perpetual enrollment of 65 - 70 students per semester. Deborah, an award- winning performer in many different categories, and a mainstay of the organization, finds the Young People's Theater group her bravest and utmost accomplishment.
Producer / Dir. of Education Biography
Timothy D. Turner has been performing professionally for 27 years in professional & commercial productions, on stage and screen, with celebrities such as Shirley Jones, Rita Moreno & Marvin Hamlisch and groups like Canadian Brass & the King’s Singers. He has directed and produced theatre, cabarets, stage shows, concerts and film for more than 20 years throughout the continental United States and Europe. “Bang, Bang You’re Dead” marks his 4th production with The Young Peoples Theater and this show marks his 75th production in the area since his relocation to Central Florida in 2001. He holds a BM in Performance from Millikin University and works as a director, performer, performance coach, clinician, producer, composer, community organizer and writer. Currently, he resides in Longwood, Florida just north of Orlando, but he travels extensively as a working professional.
Presented with Special Arrangements with the Playwright at:
Production Company Information
The 2006-2007 season marks the 31st year of Young People’s Theatre at Bay Street Players in Eustis, Florida. This program was founded by Deborah J. Carpenter, and has been fulfilling the community’s and Lake County’s need for the youth’s theatrical arts. The program introduces children and teens to stagecraft, technical design, costume design, performance skills and methods, and improvisation skills. The youth are privileged to have a theatre as their classroom. They can experience various roles in seasonal shows, both behind the curtain and onstage. Young People’s Theatre (YPT) gives children grades preschool through high school the opportunity to learn all areas of theatrical techniques, taught by experienced actors and directors. Many topics are covered through the semester and are showcased at the end of the year in a fully staged performance. CLICK HERE for information page.
Bang Bang You're Dead was written in the wake of the school massacres that occurred in Paducah, Jonesboro, and Springfield to raise awareness about school violence. It supports the school violence charity Ribbon of Promise. It has been performed widely in the United States, as well as in other countries such as the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Uruguay, Gibraltar, Venezuela and India. As the playwright intends Bang Bang You're Dead to raise awareness of school violence, it may be performed without payment of royalties, as long as the performance is not for profit, and subject to certain other conditions.
The first production of this play was April 9, 1999, eleven days prior to the Columbine High School massacre. Coincidentally, the April 9 of 1999 was also the 18th (and final) birthday of Eric Harris, one of the Columbine perpetrators.
Casting from current young people in YPT from grades 5 - 12. Cold readings possible. Production is considered a course and a tuition fee will be required. Some scholarships may be available.
November 18, 2006
Following the Fall YPT Recital
The State Theater of Eustis, Florida (click for map)
For Young People’s Theater audition information, please call (352) 357-7777
Roles Needed: All roles available.