CONGRATULATIONS!

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!

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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!

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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!

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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.  

THANK YOU!!!!

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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.

 

 

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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

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Auditions for the very serious and dramatic show,

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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.

Proud to announce our first show of the 2014-2015 season!

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Welcome to the 2014-2015 MIHS Theatre Arts Season

Opening November 21st-23rd.

November 21st and 22nd  at 7:00 PM

November 23rd at 2:00 PM

This fall, the MIHS Theatre Arts program will be tackling one of the most serious and dramatic pieces of it’s time- Twelve Angry Men/ Jurors.

At the beginning of Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose, the jury has just finished listening to six days of trial proceedings. A nineteen-year old man is on trial for the murder of his father. The defendant has a criminal record (and a lot of circumstantial evidence piled against him). The defendant, if found guilty, would receive a mandatory death penalty.

The jury is sent to a hot, crowded room to deliberate. Before any formal discussion, they cast a vote. Eleven of the jurors vote “guilty.” Only one juror votes “not guilty.” That juror, who is known in the script as Juror #8 is the protagonist of the play. As the tempers flare and the arguments begin, the audience learns about each member of the jury.  Will the justice system prevail, is the young man really guilty, or is there even a hint of doubt in his innocence, and how much does a person’s own feelings and past really play into the conviction of another human being? All of these questions will be answered in M.I.H.S’ production of 12 Angry Jurors.

 

Our Spring Musical is still T.B.A, but we do know that it will be performed on April 24th-26th, Stay tuned to see what we decide!!

Throwing Away Your Nerves! (So you Don’t Throw Up Your Lunch) By Olivia Clack (Eliza/Pirate)

IMG_1047When I was younger I always had dreams of being on a stage but my lack of confidence on stage created a bit of a problem. I remember my first time preforming for my drama class at Merritt Island High School. I was so scared I couldn’t think strait and before I even spoke I knew I would sound nervous. I stood on stage for three minutes stretching my arms over my head, jumping up and down, fighting the urge to use the restroom, and all while trying to remember how to breathe. I kept giggling but I knew I wouldn’t get a good grade for laughing or doing yoga (sadly). So I did my best and flubbed through the whole thing, forgetting lines and breaking my character.

 

The most frustrating thing about getting nerves is when you know you are talented enough to succeed yet your own mentality is keeping you from in fact doing so. Luckily I found a way to get over my fears! I know I’m not the only one who has suffered from this horrid mental block, so here is what worked for me and what hopefully will work for you.

 

Prepare Prepare Prepare

If you know your piece inside and out and have practiced it until it’s second nature you will be so much more relaxed on the day of the audition. Let’s be honest, their is no way your going to be at your best if you haven’t practiced your best.

 

Visualization

Once you know your piece well, start practicing with very vivid images of what the  audition or occasion will look like. Imagine walking on to the stage or into the               space where you will be performing and think of being in the moment of the actual audition. This by far has helped me the most! I have actually forgotten lines while visualizing but I keep at it and get comfortable with the thought of performing for that particular event.

 

Focus On Breathing

When you are actually performing the first thing that nerves affect is typically your breathing. So before the audition starts I literally focus everything on relaxing my muscles and on deep breathing. I even still stretch but before I enter the audition room, of course.

 

Those are the things that worked for me personally, everyone has their own quarks or exercises that work specifically for them. Mess around with it and figure out what works best for you!

BEST OF  LUCK

 

Behind the Scenes! by Ashley Bradley (Pirate)

It takes a lot more to be able to put on a production than just manning the lights, prepping the stage and the natural born talent of MIHS student actors. There are also many variables that are considered and contribute to every fabulous performance our school and staff put on. This process can be grueling at times but it also has the potential to become one of the best moments of your life and high school career

The first step to putting on a successful show includes balancing your budget. Mrs Duprey spends most of her time figuring out different fundraisers to participate in to acquire the money that each show demands. We do fundraisers that involve selling pasta, bags of candy, cookie dough and even coupons! Each fundraiser is an individual piece of the grand puzzle we like to call Peter Pan. We also sell ads in our program, if you or your business is interested in buying ad space in our program and on this website, please see our donations page.  Every penny we raise, is one cent closer to our goal, and that is a fabulous show!

Along with raising funds comes the real hard work, learning the songs and dances, and building a certain chemistry with your fellow cast. We spend much of our rehearsal time learning, learning and LEARNING lyrics, harmonies and melodies. You would think that the angels have descended from heaven after our music director is finished with us.

Rehearsal Time!

Rehearsal Time!

Tech week is the moment of truth, where each and every cast member’s morale is brutally tested. During tech week, one truly understands the virtue of patience. This is the point in our journey where every detail is squared away and every kink fixed. Frustration and exhaustion are factors that sometimes come into play during this week, but these feelings are soon replaced with the adrenaline and excitement of opening night!

Putting on a show like Peter Pan will prove to be a great and exhilarating experience, and nothing compares to the energy and applause of the audience, the pulse pumping through your chest as you belt those final notes and leave the stage, taking with you lifelong friendships and memories that are engraved in you forever.