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Boardman High School's "12 Angry Jurors" conduct Courthouse research

February 1, 2018
The Town Crier

Boardman High School's cast of "12 Angry Jurors" decided to 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 the drama "12 Angry Jurors" on Feb. 8, 9, and 10 at the Boardman Performing Arts Center. All three shows begin at 7 p.m.

The story takes place in a single jurors' room, while 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.

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Mahoning County Judge John Durkin talks with BHS drama students, in front row: Joe Strock and David Kimpton, and in back row: Tim Fowler, Meganne Evans, Bella Roush, Lanny Kilpatrick, and Sami Kelley.

Co-director Katelyn Deladurantey says the courthouse trip really helped cast members develop their characters.

"It was an incredible experience. 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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