Published DateGILFORD — This weekend, the High School Performing Arts Department will present three performances of the classic court room drama "12 Angry Jurors" in the school auditorium. Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets cost $7 and can be purchased at the door or at the Gilford Village Store or Greenlaw's Music.
The story considers the case of a 19-year-old man on trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. "He doesn't stand a chance," mutters the guard as the 12 jurors are taken into the bleak jury room. It looks like an open-and-shut case — until one of the jurors begins opening the others' eyes to the facts.
"This is a remarkable thing about democracy," says the foreign-born juror, "that we are notified by mail to come down to this place — and decide on the guilt or innocence of a man; of a man we have not known before. We have nothing to gain or lose by our verdict. We should not make it a personal thing."
But personal it does become, with each juror revealing his or her own character as the various testimonies are re-examined, the murder is re-enacted and a new murder threat is born before their eyes! Tempers get short, arguments grow heated, and the jurors become 12 angry men and women.
The juror's final verdict and how they reach it — intense scenes that will electrify the audience and keep them on the edge of their seats — add up to a fine, mature piece of dramatic literature from the first moment to the final curtain.
The Gilford High School students who make up the jurors and court officers include Sarah Cook (Juror 1), Ryan Hall (Juror 2), Mariah Monahan (Juror 3), Christian Ayer (Juror 4), Hannah Smith (Juror 5), Alec Medine (Juror 6), Summer McGaffigan (Juror 7), Heather Hunt (Juror 8), Emily Hanf (Juror 9), De Clarke (Juror 10), Anna Malek (Juror 11), Sophia Prevost (Juror 12) with Hunter Sanborn (Judge), Lauren Mercuri (Clerk) and Colin Croft (Guard).
The production staff includes Director/Producer Matt Demko, Technical Director Scott Piddington, Costume Directors Tammy Denver and Judy Cook.
This is one of the most beloved court room dramas of all times. This show has something for everyone according to director Demko: great acting, a great story, interesting characters, and a great final message.