The audience decides the ending in You, the Jury

Big Foot High School play opens Nov. 17

By Donna Lenz Wright/The Week

(Published Nov. 9, 2006, 5:00 p.m.)

"You, the Jury" puts a very different twist in the standard high school fall play.

The audience will decide the fate of the defendant, Barbara Scott, and the cast has rehearsed two endings depending on the decision of the jury/audience.

The Big Foot Acting Company has a full crew of freshies to the world of drama, which played a large role in the choice of this script.

"I knew we'd have a lot of first-time actors and actresses auditioning," said, Jeff Brower, faculty accessory. "This play has quite a few small-to-medium-sized parts. I thought it would be a good way for first time actors and actresses to get involved and be successful."

"You, the Jury" is very different from the comedies that Big Foot has done the past few seasons.

"This is an opportunity for students to do something serious and dramatic," he said. "The play is a courtroom drama/murder trial. The characters range from an aggressive prosecuting attorney to a goofy elevator operator/witness. There are cops, defense attorneys, courtroom personnel and witnesses from various backgrounds."

Audiences need to make a big decision, and the deck seems to be stacked against Scott. There is a signed confession and a witness who saw her standing over the victim's body moments after the fatal gunshot - holding the gun.

But her attorney and sister, Edith Scott, does a remarkable job defending her. And the rest is up to "You, the Jury."

The Big Foot Acting Company is completely student acted, directed and produced, and has been for the past 15 years.

"They realize that the success of the production depends directly on their expertise, effort, diligence and cooperation," Brower said.

"You, the Jury" runs Nov. 17-18 at 7 p.m. at the Big Foot High School. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children.

Because the audience's verdict is final and unpredictable, the cast has rehearsed and prepared two different endings. The audience will determine which ending the cast presents.

Cast and crew

Director-Kate Fideler

Stage manager/assistant director-Cameron Niven.

Allan-Garrett Volpendesta

Edith-Ana Flores

Barbara-Hannah Borek

Sheila-Brianna Kinney

Miss Carver-Lisa Rubo

Judge-Eric Boldger

Janice-Anne Rasmussen

Mrs. Lake-Amanda Arntz

Clerk-Ashley Karsten

Bailiff-Brittany Moore

Gwen-Erica Palcic

Lewis-Adam Burke

Jimmy-Jamie Finch

McPherson-Charlie Rasmussen

Stenographer-Corinne Bullock

Key production-Sarah Schauf, Joe Malone and Michael Rasmussen.

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