Amity Play Leaves an Impression (video)

Amity students were invited to attend special performances of an unusual play.

                                 By Terri Miles and Robert T. Miles

                                 December 13, 2010


The Amity Creative Theater presented five performances of the play "Bang Bang You're Dead" at Amity High School last week.

The Jaime Hulley Arts Foundation presented Amity with a $1,000 grant to cover the set construction costs.

High School and Middle School students were invited to see free performances during the school day, and one public performance took place on Friday, Dec. 10.

Each show was followed by a casual question and answer period, during which the audience was welcome to ask any question that came to mind.

The play is loosely based on the true story of Kip Kinkel, a 15-year-old student who murdered his parents, then brought several guns to school the following day and shot a teacher and 11 students.

Kinkel was a tormented soul who reportedly heard voices in his head, was schitzophrenic and was obsessed with guns.

The gunplay is implied, but no weapons are ever seen on stage.

Here, Orange Patch presents a video of the question and answer session, which was very telling.

The evening performance was free of charge, but audience members were asked to donate money for a good cause in lieu of a ticket. All proceeds from the play go to the Petit Family Foundation.

The Petit Family Foundation was started to honor Jennifer Hawke, Haley, and Michaela Petit, the victims of the 2007 Cheshire Home Invasion.

Director Rob Kennedy said more than $500 was raised for the cause.