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Guilty or innocent?

The Marshall Area Stage Company takes on a show where a young man’s life is on the line

March 19, 2012
By Cindy Votruba , Marshall Independent

MARSHALL - Fifty-five years ago, a powerful movie showed the fate of a young man, accused of killing his father, in the hands of a jury.

Eleven members of the jury were quick to convict the young man, while one held out.

The Marshall Area Stage Company is presenting the dinner theater "12 Angry Jurors" at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, March 22-24, and a dessert theater at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at the Marshall-Lyon County Library. A pasta buffet will be served at 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. The show is being directed by Kayla Lindberg.

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Mark Bosveld as Juror No. 8, left, and Bill Moudry as Juror No. 6 rehearse a scene from the upcoming Marshall Area Stage Company production of “12 Angry Jurors.”

Lindberg said she had to make a few tweaks to the play that was already adapted - mainly to have both men and women on the jury unlike the 1957 movie version that starred Henry Fonda and Jack Klugman and bringing the time period from the 1950s to present day

"My first time directing has been really easy because I have a great cast," Lindberg said.

Patrick Petersen said this is his third show with the Marshall Area Stage Company.

"I think Kayla did a really good job of casting," said Petersen, who portrays the jury's foreman. He said the actors suit their roles and are doing a good job in portraying their particular characters. "Kayla's doing a good job for a first time directing. She definitely had a vision for what she wants. I think we've done a good job of making that come alive."

"We're characters without being characters," said Bill Moudry, who plays juror No. 6.

Jim Radloff, who plays Juror No. 5, said he hasn't watched the 1957 movie.

"I don't want to 'steal' my character," he said. Now that he knows how he wants his character to be like, Radloff said he may view the movie for costume ideas.

And instead of just having 12 people sitting around a table deliberating, the actors took it upon themselves to figure out what movement their characters should do.

"We tried to bring a little more animation for visual effects," Moudry said.

Being in a community theater production was one of the things on Dennis Stelter's "bucket list." Besides taking a Senior College course on acting at Southwest Minnesota State University, Stelter said the last time he was in a play was in high school.

"I thought it would be interesting, I've never done it before," Stelter said. "I've only known a few of the people before, so it's a whole new crowd."



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