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EAHS Presents Courtroom Drama – Twelve Angry Jurors

Oct 8th, 2010 | By | Category: Features

October 7, 2010— Elizabethtown Area High School will present the courtroom drama, Twelve Angry Jurors, on Thursday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 23 at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The show is based on the Henry Fonda movie classic, Twelve Angry Men.

Though written during the McCarthy era in United States history, the director of the production – Kevin L. Biddle – and assistant director – Christa Fanelli – feel it is still extremely relevant in 2010.

“Even though we have come a long way in our nation accepting each other for our differences, we have a long way to go,” Fanelli said.

Biddle continued, “We have dedicated this season of theater at the Elizabethtown Area Middle School and High School to the theme – Acceptance. Tolerance. Action. We did this hoping to start some conversations about how we are all different, but the same and how we can learn to get along together in our school, in our community, and in the world.”

There will be a special “talkback” with the actors following the October 23 matinee performance.

Twelve Angry Jurors takes place within a jury deliberation room, after closing arguments have been presented in a murder case. The accused is a teenage boy from a city slum, the victim is the boy’s father. At the time the play is set, a guilty verdict is accompanied by a mandatory death sentence. The jurors are reminded that the defendant is innocent until proven guilty- and that a guilty verdict must be unanimous, beyond a reasonable doubt. The sometimes angry discussions reveal prejudices and personal histories as well as the internal wrangling that is the deepest process of democracy.

The play will be performed “in the round” on the stage of the high school. The audience will sit on the stage during the performance. “This story is a very emotional one and I wanted the audience to be able to be up close and personal with each of the characters,” Biddle said. “Audience members will be seated on all four sides of the deliberation table and we are hoping it creates a very intimate setting for the production.”

The production features senior Nick Lewis in the Henry Fonda role of Juror #8. Other seniors in the production include Ashley Auch, Meredith Clarke, Michael Alan Green and Jeffrey Phillips. The remaining jurors will be played by Gavin Kolaric, Noah Mitchell, Hannah Meier, Allie Sevareid, Austin J. Telenko, Alicia Weber and Ellie Wynne. Assisting Biddle and Fanelli with the technical aspects of the production are Dana Baxter and Ogier Norris.

General admission tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens and can be purchased forty-five minutes prior to each performance.

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