TUPELO • Behind their masks, a dozen Tupelo Excessive College theatre college students will develop into “12 Offended Jurors” subsequent week.
The scholars will carry out their stage adaptation of “12 Offended Males” six instances between April 15-18. Resulting from COVID-19 tips, the THS High quality Arts Auditorium might be restricted assigned seating to 25% capability (41 folks) per efficiency.
Even with the masks and decreased viewers, THS theatre instructor Allana Austin stated the manufacturing will cap a productive 12 months for her college students.
“Creatively, it has been an incredible 12 months,” Austin stated. “The youngsters have needed to regulate and adapt.”
Austin stated the scholars took the stage for performances in September, November and February. They have been recorded and could be seen on the Theatre Division’s Vimeo web page. A few the reveals have been restricted to oldsters.
“They actually bought into writing their very own reveals,” she stated. “We all know the general public has watched it, but it surely’s not like the moment gratification of getting an viewers.”
“12 Offended Jurors” takes the unique 1954 teleplay by Reginald Rose and turns it right into a courtroom drama with women and men making an attempt to resolve the destiny of a younger man accused of homicide. Austin stated that is the third time in her 21 years at THS Theatre that “12 Offended Jurors” has been carried out.
“This would be the first time jurors 3 and eight, who’re the most important antagonists to one another, are girls,” Austin stated. “The solid is a pleasant mixture of our expertise. College students from all grades and all ranges to theatre.”
Susanna Latner (Juror 3) and Natalie Bowers (Juror 8) will carry out these key roles. The remaining jurors are Alicia Goss, Laura Layton, Will Chappell, Kelvin Sepulveda, Elana Dearing, William Strickland, Caleb Bowers, Shelby Seals, Gabby Adams and Adria Adams.
With the scholars carrying masks on stage, Austin stated she’s encouraging them to “ramp up” bodily as they carry out their characters.
“Carrying the masks provides to the strain, the anxiousness we’re feeling lately,” she stated. “It’s a must to talk extra so with physique language as a result of now we have these masks on our faces.”
Adria Adams, a THS senior who performs Juror 12, stated physique language might be essential for her character.
“My character does not actually speak that a lot,” she stated. “So, if I simply stood nonetheless, I might lose my persona. It’s a must to present how your character feels about what is going on on and the way they react. You possibly can’t use your mouth, so it is within the eyes, the eyebrows and hand gestures.”
Efficiency instances are 7 p.m. all 4 days and a pair of p.m. reveals April 17-18.
Name (662) 840-1841 to order tickets for a particular efficiency. Tickets are $6 per particular person upon arrival. No walk-ups might be admitted.