SOUTH OTSELIC – The Otselic Valley Junior/Senior High School presents “12 Angry Jurors” this weekend, an adaptation of the Reginald Rose classic “12 Angry Men.”
In the production, a dozen jurors – each with their own personal attitudes, viewpoints and opinions – must decide the fate of a young man accused of stabbing his own father. At the start, all but one member of the jury are convinced of the man’s guilt, resulting in a tumultuous debate which threatens to hang the jury, resulting in a mistrial.
“It’s been challenging as it’s a drama, so it’s been difficult to direct,” said student director Douglas Day, a senior who also serves as Student Council president. “It really showcases our lead performers’ acting skills and their level of maturity.”
Faculty advisor Michael Foor-Pessin agreed it’s a “really difficult play,” and said that, in his 30 years of student productions, this has been one of the most challenging by far.
“The kids are on the stage the whole time and it’s an intense script,” stated Foor-Pessin. “Dramas are always more difficult than something like comedy and, besides our leads, it’s a younger cast all the way around.”