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The Victim: A Musical About Bullying

Written by Cary Burkett, Arts & Culture Desk and witf Host | Mar 14, 2013 10:20 AM
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Zachary Terrazas is currently a 17-year-old senior at Hanover High School. His experience in the sixth grade of being continually targeted for bullying is something that had a deep impact on his life.  Things got so bad for him that he had thoughts about suicide. Even when the bullying ended, the effects continued to haunt him for several years.

Zac had a strong interest in musical theatre, and had taken lessons at the Adams County School of Musical Theatre, which would later become the Gettysburg Community Theatre.  As his skills in music grew, Zac decided he would take his negative experience in being bullied and turn it into something positive by creating a musical based on the theme of bullying.

He began writing The Victim when he was sixteen. It tells the story of Claire, a high school girl who is the main target for the female bully, Missy.  Zac used not only his own story but the stories of others he knew who had been bullied as material for the piece.

Zachary later encountered one of the bullies who had made things so difficult for him in sixth grade. That meeting helped Zac understand that those who are doing the bullying have problems and difficulties of their own which cause them to act as they do. That insight became a key part of the story of The Victim.

When the Executive Director of Gettysburg Community Theatre, Chad-Alan Carr, heard about Zac’s work, he was impressed and helped to mount a workshop production of The Victim at the theatre. Later, a staged version was presented at Hanover Senior High.

Below you can hear our feature on the show, with interviews and music from the production.

Follow our complete coverage of bullying in our Pushed Around project. Join us for a community forum on bullying on March 28, 2013.

Pushed Around is supported by Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.

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  • Danielle Lorrene Bailey img 2013-03-18 09:39

    I loove that he took a bad experience and did something productive and creative to help others. I remember a lot of terrible experiences in high school and there really isn't as much help for those being bullied as you'd think. This is just a really great thing and I have a feeling that this play could go further than what it has so far. I would really like to see it.