FLHS puts bold spin on spring play

Intimate setting planned for ‘12 Angry Men’

Garrison Shea, Jan Schlenker and Neil Peterson rehearse a scene from '12 Angry Men.' The play opens Friday. (Photo by Clint Riese)

The Forest Lake High School drama crew is putting a bold spin on the traditional spring play.

There will be an intimate setting for the production of “12 Angry Men,” which runs in six showings through May 13. The audience will be seated on stage, as about 100 chairs will surround the action.

Director Andy Waldron said he looked for a play which could challenge a large cast and offer some drama. He found it in “12 Angry Men,” a play never put on at FLHS. The story centers around a group of a dozen jurors that must decide whether a young man murdered his father. In doing so, each juror must come to grips with his own prejudices, attitudes and beliefs. The 90-minute show plays out in real time and in one scene, though there is a 10-minute intermission.

Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday and next Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The curtain will rise on the final show at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 13.

As seating is limited, it is strongly recommended to call ahead for tickets at 651-982-8476. Admission is $4 for students and senior citizens and $6 for adults.