12 Angry Women will be the first production Chiawana High School's drama department will perform in the school's new Black Box Theatre.
The theater's 130-seat area is in the round, which makes this play a bit more challenging, said director Todd Westendorf.
"The staging has to be done in a way that all sides of the audience will get different looks at the actors," he said. "With the lighting, we had to make sure the lights were not blinding the audience on the other side of the black box."
The play follows the same theme as the more well-known adaptation, 12 Angry Men only the jurors are all women in this Pasco production.
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A teenage boy is on trial for killing his father and with all the evidence against him, it appears to be an open and shut case.
But when the jury retires to deliberate, one juror points out the holes in the prosecution's case and slowly begins to open the eyes of her fellow jurors, but not without some heated debate.
Tempers flare as opinions are tossed around the austere jury room. Some of the jurors are more difficult to convince: A couple just want to get the verdict over and done with so they can go home to their families, and some are stalled with indecision.
Even when one juror points out that the verdict must not be a personal issue of deciding guilt or innocence, there are those who can't help but be influenced by the careless comment of one of the court guards who mutters out loud that the kid is obviously guilty.
"The final verdict and how they reach it will electrify the audience and keep them on the edge of their seats," Westendorf said.
Leading the jurors through deliberation is the jury foreman, played by Allison Barmettlor. Juror No. 2 is Tina Thompson, No. 3 is Jene Iceberg, No. 4 is by Ansley Gerhard, No. 5 is Karina Reynaga, No. 6 is Christina Blancas, No. 7 is Alexandra Cid, No. 8 is Paige Cottrell, No. 9 is Hana Buhler, No. 10 is Delaney Rogers, No. 11 is Savannah West, and No. 12 is Haley Weis.
The court clerk is played by Elyssa Nelson. As usual, Westendorf is wearing several hats for this show, which include technical director and lighting and set designs, though he is assisted by Chuck Smith.
Showtime is 7 p.m. May 24-25 and 27-28 at Chiawana High School. The Black Box Theatre sits next to the school's auditorium.
Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at the door.