FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — For two weekends, a stage adaptation of 12 Angry Men — called “12 Angry Jurors” — will be presented at the North Peace Cultural Centre by Stage North.
Director Ted Sloan is taking on the role a second time, but this is his first time directing for the Cultural Centre’s stage. He says the cast is made up of so many different people with varying familiarity with theatre, they are themselves sort of like a jury.
“I tried to get people who weren’t necessarily part of Stage North and bring them in, and show them that anybody can act,” he said in an interview.
12 Angry Jurors is the story of a jury analyzing the facts of a 19-year-old man’s trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. One juror brings light to facts that wildly change the other jurors’ perspective on the trial.
The production also features local crown counsel Paul Swartz. He’s no stranger to theatre, and has appeared in local productions before, but this time he will be in touch with his own field of work for the role.
It premieres on Friday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. The production will also take to the stage on March 5, 10, 11, and 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Sloan said the showing on March 12 will be a 1 p.m. matinee, where people can pay a reduced price of $10 or more if they are interested in seeing a play, but aren’t completely sure about spending $20 to do so — especially with the way the dwindling economy has impacted people’s choices.
“We have a hard time going to people and saying, ‘Come to our show!’ when you don’t know … you’ve got to budget,” he said.
“If you come to us, and trust us with a $20 ticket … then we’ll give you the best show, because it’s a scary time to be in this town. Come enjoy something that’s local, come enjoy your friends. If you support us, we want to support you back.”
Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for students and seniors, and $12 for children. They can be purchased at the Cultural Centre’s box office, or online.