The curtain goes up Jan. 31 for Lincoln-Way North High School’s winter production of Twelve Angry Jurors.
The play is one of the most demanding shows tackled by North’s Theatre Company and revolves around 12 jurors who have to decide the fate of a 19-year-old boy who has been accused of murdering his father, said Samantha Korzen, the faculty sponsor and director.
“One juror decides to stand alone and explore the idea of `reasonable doubt,’ ” she explained. “As the play unfolds, the true character of each juror is revealed and the audience begins to have a different perspective.”
To prepare for the show, students concentrated heavily on character development.
“You need to focus on your facial expressions,” said senior Emily Ruzevich, who was cast as Juror 8 – the juror who stands alone at the beginning of the play and picks apart each part of evidence to persuade the others.
“You have to change your anger throughout the show and vary it,” added classmate Gina Quiriconi, the antagonist who plays Juror 3.
Many of the students called upon the lessons they learned while reading the story in English III, said Korzen.
“Having that background has helped them understand the intricacies of the play,” she added.
Also cast in the production of Twelve Angry Jurors are: Lauren Vitiritti, Thomas Swierczyna, Maura Alroth, Mike Balcerzak, Billy Zeitz, Ray Love, Jack Quirk, Maddie Conover, Breanne Peacock, Shannon Wolfe, Taylor Weber, Leah Rutz and Jack McGuire.
Area residents will have three opportunities to catch the show -- 7 p.m. Jan. 31, Feb. 1 and Feb. 2 at Lincoln-Way North High School, 19900 S. Harlem Ave., Frankfort.
Tickets are $5 at the door.