The students of Milford High School’s (MHS) Drama Club will present Twelve Angry Jurors, a powerful drama in which the twelve members of a jury must come to a unanimous decision about the guilt of a 19 year old young man who has been accused of murdering his father. Tempers flare as the jurors question the evidence and each other in an effort to determine if there really is some measure of reasonable doubt.
The play was written in 1953, but its themes including racism, integrity and justice are still timely. Director Carissa Meiklejohn says, “I chose this play not only because it is still so relevant but because it gives the students the chance to work on their dramatic acting skills. I am so proud of the students for how they have jumped right into the difficult task of performing such weighty subjects.”
Amir Collins, a senior at MHS, will be performing the the lead role of Juror #3. Colllins describes the character as a “rather strict, authoritative person and openly opinionated as he forces his thoughts on others.” Acting with MHS Drama since his freshman year and in the the Drama Club since sixth grade, he has performed as Shrek in Shrek The Musical and played roles in The Magic Man and Tarzan.
Collins shared that this performance is more serious than the typical MHS Fall play and that he wants the “audience to have a good time watching a more serious, dramatic play” that will require audiences to think about society.
Gabriel White, a senior at MHS, will play Juror #8, who he describes as “a thoughtful quiet man that strongly believes in justice and compassion. When he feels [those ideals] are not being upheld, he will fight to see people treated fairly.” White has performed with MHS Drama since his sophomore year and this performance will be his fifth play with the club; including Aladdin, The Music Man, Secret Garden and Tarzan.
White shared that one of the largest challenges to this performance for the actors is the fact that the characters are on stage the entire time. “This show is a lot different, we are on the stage the whole time. We do not have time to prepare for next scene and have to stay in character the entire time.” He wants the audience to really think about the message. The performance shows how “using prejudice and bias can be dangerous and that people should think deeper…and be more reflective on the actions of the people around them.”
Additional cast members in this production include Alina Bashkirova, Tobias Biro, Millisen Dill, Lauren Edwards, Jacob Elliot, Calvin Gillespie, Caitlin Greenlee, Melina Hudson, Leah Molitor, Christopher Proetzel, Rebecca Wisniewski, and Natalie Zelano.
Performances will be held in the Milford High School Auditorium on Thursday, November 16 and Friday, November 17 at 7pm and Saturday, November 18 at 1pm. Tickets for all performances will be available at the door. $5 for ages 2-18 years old and 60 or older. $7 for all others. For additional information, individuals can contact Producer Erica Snyder at 302-422-1610 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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