“Twelve Angry Men” is probably not on the top-ten list of plays performed at all-girls schools. “That’s one of the reasons I chose this play,” said Lauralton Hall student director Cameron Gerrity. “I wanted to show that women could play those parts — that the themes in the play were universal.”
Originally the students were going to name their adaptation of the play “Twelve Angry Women,” but they decided on “Twelve Angry Jurors” instead.
“I was drawn to the play after watching the movie with Henry Fonda,” continued Cameron. “I thought producing Twelve Angry Men at an all-girls school would be eye catching and people would be curious as to how we would pull this off. The production is also unique because there are no leading roles and all the actors are on stage all the time. It’s a character driven play with each character contributing to the story line and revealing a different aspect of human nature.”
Lauralton Hall faculty member Liz Burns is on-site for all rehearsals, but it is an entirely student run production.
“Students are responsible for set design, lighting and props as well as directing,” Burns said. “This is a really intense show, and all the actors are doing a great job conveying their individual characters.”
Student Nadia Makhraz said, “I honestly think it’s awesome to have a student director. Cameron does a great job of telling us who our character is, but she also encourages us to bring our own ideas to the role. It’s truly a collaborative effort.”
Based on the play “Twelve Angry Men” by Reginald Rose, “Twelve Angry Jurors” will be performed in the Lauralton Hall Claven Auditorium, 200 High Street, Milford on Friday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2:30 p.m.