Bang Bang You’re Dead
Who Rarely Done Productions
Where 441 E. Washington St., Syracuse
When May 10 – 11
Tickets Free; Donations encouraged
Audio Preview by Paige Cooperstein
Bang Bang You’re Dead is full of smart Central New York teens, dealing with social issues as well as acting challenges. Ryan Coots, a junior at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, plays the drums for the show and thought of himself as the physical embodiment of death. David Kempf, a sophomore at Cazenovia High School, talked about shaking his own nice guy personality to play a bully jock. And Dana Katz, a senior at Liverpool High School, enjoyed the pre-rehearsal discussions that helped her undertake the role of a shooting victim.
In Bang Bang, Josh, a bullied young guy, turns a rifle on his classmates. “It’s simple math,” he says in the first scene when the kids he’s killed ask him why, “five bullets, five bodies.”
This is the third time Rarely Done has produced Bang Bang You’re Dead as their student production, but with this past year’s rash of mass shootings it felt especially timely. This year’s production is also unique because of its presentation through The Academy, a student outreach theater program coordinated by Rarely Done Productions in cooperation with Appleseed Productions. Rarely Done’s Ty Marshal championed the idea of performing a show with a message.
Before rehearsals began, the student actors participated in round table discussions with each other about the issues of school and gun violence. The actors also received theater workshops from area professionals, a model Appleseed had used in its individual youth outreach program. Maura Felter, a West Hill High School sophomore, said she further researched her role as the most popular girl in school by watching Mean Girls a ton of times.
Bang Bang You’re Dead opens this Friday, May 10 at the Jazz Central Theatre at 441 E Washington St. Dan Tursi directs the show with Ty Marshal and CJ Young serving as program coordinators for The Academy. Tickets are free, but donations are always welcome. Proceeds benefit The Q Center, Boys & Girls Club of Syracuse and Contact Community Services. Call the box office at 315-546-3224 to reserve your seats. For a complete list of show times, visit Rarely Done’s website. Bang Bang You’re Dead runs through May 18.