As part of the college’s Spring Open House, students, visitors, and members of the wider community came together on Saturday, March 17, and Sunday, March 18, to enjoy a performance of Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Jurors.
Under the skillful direction of James Larson ‘19, and assistant director Georgiana Stanley-Yarbrough, ‘19, the Saint Genesius Players told the story of a man tried for murder, and how the jury must work with each other in order to pass a just sentence. As the action progresses, each one must face and finally overcome his or her own prejudices and preconceived ideas.
The students who participated also learned a lot about themselves through the process. Rose Phelps, ‘21, observed, “I loved acting in Twelve Angry Jurors! I learned a lot about myself. At first, it was challenging playing a character that reacts to things in a very different way than I do in real life. However, over time I discovered things inside of myself that I did not realize were there before. Developing my character and watching my friends develop their characters was such a fun learning experience. I think I’ve grown a lot as a person through this experience.”
The Saint Genesius Players is a completely student-run organization. Students learn to work together by directing, acting, and backstage work. The Players produce on an annual large production in the spring, as well as occasional smaller projects throughout the year. Recent productions include Euripides’ Alcestis, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, and Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.