BHS ‘12 Angry Jurors’ conduct courthouse research

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Boardman Drama Club presented "12 Angry Jurors" on Feb. 8-10. The play followed a trial where the jurors must decide if a young man is guilty of killing his father.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The environment of "12 Angry Jurors" led to the actors needing to tighten up and deliver strong performances. To help their performances, the cast visited an actual jury room and spoke with Honorable Judge John Durkin.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively."12 Angry Jurors" centers largely around a juror's belief that there is reasonable doubt within the case presented in the play and his struggle to convince the other jurors of the reasonable doubt. This leads to a conflict between him and another juror, who is convinced of the accused's guilt. Pictured, tempers flair between the two characters during an argument.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The directors of "12 Angry Jurors" allowed the actors the freedom to immerse themselves completely in the characters of the play. The directors chose not to give them too many directions in blocking, so the actors walked around stage organically each night, making each night different.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Katelyn DeLadurantey and Tyler Moliterno co-directed "12 Angry Jurors." They decided on a minimalist environment that focused on the actor's performances. To do so, they created a small, intimate black box theater on the stage of the BPAC.

Boardman High School’s cast of “12 Angry Jurors” decided to really dive into their characters with a recent field trip to the Mahoning County Courthouse.

The Honorable Judge John Durkin was their tour guide on Jan. 18 and he shared his thoughts on jury responsibility, as well as all the emotion that can be a by product on the path to justice.

Now with a realistic focus, the students will perform their final performance of “12 Angry Jurors” on Feb. 10 at the Boardman Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m.

The story takes place in a single jurors room, the audience follows 12 jurors as they decide the fate of a 19-year-old boy. If convicted, the boy must be sentenced to death. Personalities clash and tensions are high as the boy’s fate rests in the hands of 12 ordinary people.

Co-Director Katelyn Deladurantey said the courthouse trip really helped cast members develop their characters.

“It was an incredible experience,” she said. “Judge Durkin was so kind to share with us specific information to help the cast really understand the weight and importance of their roles as jurors in the show, and the role of jurors that sit in those rooms making these types of decisions every day.”

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