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Audition Dance for Wizard of Oz


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sisB-3vtLEU&feature=youtu.be– the dance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYRiAkDHuRc&feature=youtu.be – the breakdown


Please go over this dance before you come to Friday’s audition, you do not need to know it by heart, but it will help you be better prepared and also be professionally ready to audition for the dance portion of the audition.

Don’t forget to bring dance shoes and wear comfortable clothing and if you dance on pointe, please bring your pointe shoes.

If you are only wanting to be a dancer, you do not need to come to Thursday’s audition.

Wizard of Oz Audition Information!


All those interested in auditioning for the Wizard of Oz!

If you are interested in a lead role, please stop by the drama room to pick up audition music. We will either have the backing tracks or a piano player for the lead music. If you are auditioning for maybe having a solo part, but not a lead, you may sing any song you would like, try to keep it in the Wizard of Oz/ Disney realm. You must have background music on your phone or a CD if your picking your own song.

Anyone wanting to only be a dancer does not have to come to Thursday’s audition, just Friday, please bring dance shoes and wear comfortable clothes. If you can dance on pointe, please bring your pointe shoes.

All auditions are closed and no one but those auditioning are allowed to be there, please have your parents, rides and friends wait outside.

On Thursday we will let you know if we need you to stay after you sing the first time, some of you will be done after you sing and others we will need to hear again.

When you come to audition please make sure you know all of your calendar conflicts to list on the audition form.  We rehearse till 6 everyday after school, but there may be vocal rehearsals later than that for leads. Not everyone will have to be at every rehearsal but we need to know of all conflicts! The show will be April 24-26 and the two weeks where no conflicts will be allowed are April 13-17 and April 20-24, these are the two weeks we could go till 11pm each night. Talk with your parents before coming to audition and let them know of these requirements.  You also will be required to fundraise $100.00 each through ads, and other various fundraisers. This is very important as this show will run us about $16,000.

We are going back to the classics!

April 24-26 2015

We are so excited to announce our spring show!

                                    April 24-26 2015

Please join us April 24th-26th and follow the yellow brick road to this classic and beloved musical! 

Like so many girls her age, little Dorothy Gale of Kansas dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy’s imagination.

The include songs are Over The Rainbow, Munchkinland (Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead), If I Only Had A Brain, If I Only Had A Heart, If I Only Had The Nerve , We’re Off To See The Wizard (Follow The Yellow Brick Road), The Jitterbug, and The Merry Old Land of Oz, Poppies and If I Were King Of The Forest.

The M.I.H.S theatre arts department will be producing a more technically complex production and uses as much of the aura of the film as is possible to create in a modern theatre. It is an adaption for live stage performance, even while it strives to look and sound just like the famous film, in telling the story. You can bet audiences will be treated to a wonderful night of entertainment, and even a flying monkey :)

Mark your calendars- April 24th-26th, and check back often to see updates and blog posts on how rehearsals are coming along.


Congrats MIHS!

Once again the M.I.H.S Theatre Arts Department has received high scores at the District 11 Thespian Festival. We received 15 Superiors, 5 Excellents, 1 runner up to Best of Show and 3 Best of Shows!   M.I truly has some amazing and talented theatre students.

Dedication, talent and heart, the theatre’s motto, is very obvious with these kinds of ratings.

5 performances, and 4 tech categories will be able to participate in the FL State Thespian Festival in March. The Festival gives students an opportunity to take workshops, audition for colleges, receive scholarships, and see some of the best high school talent in the state. We are very lucky that FL has such an opportunity for it’s students, the festival itself is the biggest Thespian festival in the world, including about 8,000 participants!

Press Release!


03AngryJurorsWeb1The riveting production, Twelve Angry Jurors, is set to deliberate on November 21st– 23rd, performed by Merritt Island High School’s Theatre Arts Department!


Twelve Angry Jurors unfolds in a New York City courtroom on a sweltering August evening as a jury files into a deliberation room.  They are tasked with determining the verdict in a murder case in which a young man is accused of killing his father. He faces the death penalty if found guilty.  These 12 nameless jurors find themselves in the role of potential executioner- but first they must face themselves, their biases and their own sense of justice. What starts as an open-and-shut case, soon twists into an edge-of-your-seat drama as each juror begins to question how he or she should cast their vote. How can the young man not be convicted of such a heinous crime when all of the evidence was originally pointed directly at him? As the reasonable-doubt arguments slowly undermine the guilty verdict, each man’s true nature is unmasked.

This powerful and engaging production will be performed by Merritt Island High School’s Theatre Arts Department,     November 21st and 22nd at 7 PM and November 23rd at 2 PM.

First created as a 1954 teleplay for the Studio One anthology television series, Twelve Angry Men was aired as a CBS live production on September 20, 1954. The following year, it was adapted by the writer as a stage play.  In 1957, it was rewritten again as a feature film and directed by Sidney Lumet (starring Henry Fonda), and in 1997, Twelve Angry Men returned to the small screen in a new adaptation directed by William Friedkin, which included modernizations to the script and a cast led by George C. Scott and James Gandolfini.

Twelve Angry Men is the gripping examination of twelve jurors as they deliberate after hearing the arguments in a seemingly open-and-shut case.  As preconceptions are tested and evidence weighed, the entire jury is forced to look past the show of the courtroom to unearth the shocking truth. Faced with playing the hangmen, these dozen jurors must first face themselves.

Director, Mrs. Duprey, has opted for the modernized version of 12 Angry Men and has included 3 females into the cast, thus making it 12 Angry Jurors. Also, the young man standing accused of a crime is never referred to as a certain race, decent, or from a certain religious background, thus leaving it to the audience to make up their own mind of who the accused is. “We all have our own ideas of who is the “guilty” one and as the actors are unraveling their own prejudices or emotional backgrounds, the audience can decide for themselves if the young man is guilty or innocent of killing his father.” Duprey wants the audience to walk out of theater pondering what they would do if they were on this panel of jurors. Please be advised this show is rated PG-13 for its’ content and language, but this piece of theatre is vital for high school students to read, understand, and perform, as they someday soon could be faced with the task of being a juror.  The actors and audience will explore the intersection of human nature and democracy as they present or watch this powerful show.


For more information and a blog updates of what is going on with our cast please visit our website at www.MIHStheatrearts.com



November 21st – 7 PM

November 22nd– 7 PM

November 23rd– 2 PM


Tickets are $8.00 for all and can be bought at the door.

Merritt Island High School

100 East Mustang Way,

M.I, FL 32953

The cast of 12 Angry Jurors have begun their rehearsals!


On Thursday, we all were waiting for that final bell to ring, all because we couldn’t wait to start the long, tedious but fun and exciting process of rehearsing  for 12 Angry Jurors!


1st Read Through!
Juror number 3 is ready to pounce on anyone stating that the teen on trial is “not guilty.”

The cast has been set and now it was time for the first read through, one of my favorite times. The 13 students we have picked to portray the very demanding and detailed characters are students from all different realms of the school. We have some very experienced actors who have been involved in the program a couple of years, to students who have never done a show before. Students in the cast are athletes, student government members, work part time jobs, new to the school, or have been involved in the program before. It is important that these students grasp the diversity of the characters and realize how the differences cause the drama and strain between the characters. So, with our very diverse cast of students, we are excited to begin the rehearsal process.

My technical director, stage manager and I were excited to have 35 students audition for the show and it was a hard decision, but when it came down to it, these 13 students fit the needs of the parts the best. We couldn’t be happier with the cast and are very excited to show our public this poinant and “truth of the matter” show.


Please help us in congratulating these students:

Jurors 9 and 10

Jurors 9 and 10

J1- Brandon S.

J2- Tyler R.

J3- Travis P.

J4- Alida W.

J5- Robert W.

J6- Zach R.

J7- Jordan M.

J8- Ian J.

J9- Cassie F.

J10- Scott C.

J11- Farrah  S.

J12- Paul B.

Guard- Roman P.


Don’t forget to join us !

November 21st at 7 PM,

November 22nd at 7 PM

November 23rd at 2 PM.


Please remember this show is PG-13, as it deals with some heavy material not suitable for younger children.  



IMG_7616The MIHS Theatre Arts Department would like to say a HUGE thank you to our anonymous donor from Redditgifts!


The students and I are so thankful for people out there who are willing to help us out and find the importance of helping people they don’t even know! We love our new blankets and school supplies!!!! When I wrote up our classroom needs, I really doubted that a random donor would give us the needed items, because it was a weird request, blankets, but luckily for us this donor from CA, was so nice and filled our requests with three very warm and comfortable blankets.


My classroom is commonly known as the “meat locker,” and kids are so cold at times they can’t concentrate. Right now, during the summer heat it is nice, but during our FL winter, the room can get to 50 degrees. Not only did our donor send blankets but they also sent us needed school supplies, and the kids and I were so excited opening the box, it was like our own little classroom Christmas.




Thank you to our donor, we really appreciate your heart and support!  “Heart” is the essence of our program and we are thankful to see others have just as much “heart.”


Auditions for 12 Angry Men/ Jurors


Auditions for the very serious and dramatic show,

Twelve_Angry_Men_LG Sept. 18th,

After school in the auditorium

You do not have to be in Mrs. Dupery’s classes to try out!

Please research and read the show before you come for the audition, it will be cold readings.  If you are cast be ready to work hard and long on this show. We will analyze everything in the script to create the best possible understanding of the given material for our audiences and ourselves. It is our duty to do this piece with integrity, justice and above all, with pride.

12 Angry Jurors Character Descriptions 

DIRECTOR’S NOTE: While this adaptation is written in the masculine, I do not plan to make choices as to which characters are to be played by men and which by women until casting after auditions. Until that time all roles are open to all people.

FOREMAN: He is a small, petty man who is impressed with the authority he has and handles himself quite formally. He’s not overly bright, but dogged.

2nd JUROR: He’s a meek, hesitant man who finds it difficult to speak his own thoughts for fear of being shouted down by the more powerful personalities in the room.

3rd JUROR: He is a very strong, very forceful, extremely opinionated man, intolerant of opinions other than his own; at the same time a deeply wounded man who is tries to hide his pain behind a loud voice.

4th JUROR: He seems to be a man of wealth and position and a practiced speaker who presents himself well at all times. His only concern if with the facts of the case and is often the voice of reason and logic when fights break out amongst the others.

5th JUROR: A younger man from the slums who identifies with the young man on trial more then he would like to admit.

6th JUROR: An honest man who comes upon his decisions slowly and carefully. A blue-collar worker who states his opinions honestly and bluntly.

7th JUROR: A loud, flashy, glad-handed salesman who has more important things to do then to sit in a jury. Quick to temper and equally quick to form opinions on things about which he knows nothing.

8th JUROR: A quiet, thoughtful, gentleman. A man who sees all sides of every question and constantly seeks the truth. He is a man of strength tempered with compassion. Above all, he is a man who wants justice to be done and will fight to see that it is.

9th JUROR: An old man. Gentle, mild, and long since defeated by life. He recognized himself for what he his and tries to be the voice of experience and wisdom in the room.

10th JUROR: A bully. He is an angry, bitter man who antagonizes almost at sight.

11th JUROR: An immigrant, most likely from Europe. He speaks with an accent and is a humble, quite man. He is very polite and clam, and believes very strongly in the American ideal and in the Justice system.

12th JUROR: A slick, bright advertising man who tries to do the right thing, but is used to being overwhelmed by people with louder, brighter ideas.”

Guard- A small role, walks in on the scene a few times, has a very limited amount of lines.