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12 Angry Jurors Heading to Center Stage on Niceville High School's Campus

Fall has hit Niceville High School’s Campus, and the stage is set for an exhilarating new season at Niceville High School’s Theatre Department.  

Director Ritchie Jackson is ready to bring the drama. With two classic productions on the horizon, the department promises unforgettable experiences for theater enthusiasts.

In just a couple of weeks, audiences can look forward to “12 Angry Jurors,” a riveting adaptation of the American classic “12 Angry Men.” 

This version, retooled by the publishers, introduces female roles to the original courtroom drama. 

The play is set in modern times, offering a fresh perspective on the original mid-50s storyline.

The play will show at the Niceville High School Auditorium on October 26 and 28 and November 2nd and 4th. 

The play, written by Reginald Rose, is a re-tool of the 1957 film “12 Angry Men.” The play the Niceville performers will put on is modified to include female roles among the jurors. 

Women could not serve on juries in capital murder trials when the play was written, so the writers take advantage of the progress which has taken place in society over the last half century. 

The play tells the story of a 19-year-old boy who is on trial for the murder of his father. The court asks twelve jurors to debate the guilt or innocence of the boy. Tempers flare, evidence is called into question, prejudices are exposed, and witnesses and evidence come into question.

Niceville Theatre Director Ritchie Jackson said, “The staging of this show is unlike anything we have ever done at NHS, and we are excited to bring this new kind of theatrical experience to our area audiences. Rather than using sets and costumes like we normally do, this particular show will be performed in a reader’s theatre type format, with some interesting touches along the way. The content of this show is not only powerful but tends to leave audiences thinking about the justice system in our country and how evidence is often presented at trials, and how facts can be sometimes twisted.”

Details on Niceville High School's Performance of 12 Angry Jurors

🎭 | Niceville Theatre Department 

🧑🏻‍⚖️ | 12 Angry Jurors

🕰️ | Oct. 26+28 and Nov. 2+4 

📍 | Niceville High School Auditorium

🎟️ |

Spring Musical in Production

In the spring, Niceville High School will present the ambitious “Disney’s Newsies.” After the roaring successes of “A Chorus Line” and “Chicago,” Director Jackson is eager to tackle this beloved musical. With the talented choreographer Nicci Fahle on board, audiences can expect electrifying dance numbers.

Jackson anticipates that “Newsies” will present new challenges. “The set for Newsies will be the biggest and most technically intricate ever attempted by my program,” he shares. Jackson is considering collaborations with various Okaloosa County School District departments to bring his vision to life. The set will feature rotating and spinning components, scaffolding, and intricate technical design.

The preparations for “Newsies” have already begun, with students from the Technical Theatre classes contributing by crafting costume pieces. Jackson’s innovative approach involved having his students transform dress shirts into vests during a sewing unit, with the big reveal coming later.

As “Newsies” promises to be the largest undertaking in the Theatre Department’s history, Jackson and his team are reaching out to the community for support. They’ve enlisted the help of NHS’s Robotics Team for designing and building intricate set pieces, and they’re also seeking assistance in engineering, scenic painting, and costuming.

RELATED: Niceville’s Robotics Team Qualifies for World Competition

Mark your calendars for these exciting productions. “12 Angry Jurors” is scheduled for late October/early November, followed by “Newsies” in early April 2024. Stay updated on NHS Theatre by following them on Instagram @theatre_nhs and on Facebook at NicevilleHSTheatre.

This upcoming season promises outstanding performances and unforgettable memories. Niceville High School’s Theatre Department invites everyone to be a part of the magic.

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