A startling depiction of teen deaths

A startling depiction of teen deaths

A display of a car wreck from “The 99” shows the dangers of careless driving.

Patricia Rocha, Reporter

Based on statistics that show 99 people between the ages of 10 and 25, die every day in the United States, “The 99” is a walk-through theater that graphically reenacts the causes of these deaths and the choices that lead up to them that can usually be avoided.

The extremely graphic walk through, which is not suggested for those under the age of 11, simulates car crash scenes, gang violence, teen suicide, domestic violence and drug abuse.

“Usually the people who come through are with someone who has been through before, but most people have no idea,” said Addison Soebbing, 25, who works for security watching over the hundreds of people who wait in line for hours for the 45-minute theater walk through.

The production is popular among those grounded in the Christian faith as it does have a strong Christian message.

“I would say there is a message in this event, I don’t believe in tricking people or hiding it,” said Braden Unruh, 17. “I think it’s a cool event even if you aren’t religious or saved or whatever.”

Unruh said the most memorable part for him was the car crash scene, having just recently been involved in a car crash.

“People can understand what happens after they do what they do, they don’t always realize it during,” he said.

Dana Carrillo, 14, has worked for the production since it opened, as an actress, runner, and now counselor for those seeking more information on the cause.

“They’re awestruck,” she said, describing the overall audience reaction.

“Some are bawling because it’s their first time.”

The entire walk through is extremely memorable, but most find the last few sets to be shocking, as they graphically depict hell and the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

“I think the most memorable part is Hell,” says Carrillo. “It really shows you what all your bad choices eventually lead up to.”

“I’m definitely going to tell people about it,” said Sammy Donohue, 17, who said he’s going to bring friends next weekend.

“Trust me, it’s going to change your life for eternity. Literally, eternity is at stake,” he said.

The 99 event is located at Canyon Hills Church on 7001 Auburn Street, and will be open to audiences on Oct. 21-23, and 27-31 from 7-11 p.m. Admission is $10, $3 with a coupon.