C-NS students performing live theater for the first time in two years

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CICERO, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Students at Cicero-North Syracuse High School are getting ready for their fall production of the play “12 Angry Jurors.” Opening night kicks off Thursday, November 18 at 7 p.m. inside the high school’s auditorium.

C-NS High School students are thrilled to finally be back on stage performing in front of a live audience after school activities were put on hold for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Not doing it for so long, you forget how good it feels and I think not doing it for so long, like I said we didn’t have a play last year. It just brings this whole new sense of like excitement and like determination to make this play so amazing and make all the audience like realize what they were missing out on those years where they couldn’t see shows,” says Mikey Mousaw, cast member.

Mousaw, a senior at C-NS High School plays juror number 8 in the play.

Legende McGrath, also a senior at C-NS High School has been working alongside his classmate Mousaw since the beginning of high school. He says he is thrilled to finally have a crew back together.

Sophomore, Junior and Senior students make up the play’s cast and crew, all working as one team.

“70% of them are all new members and everything. So it’s really good to just have everyone back together and its a really good year to end off on,” says McGrath.

During their months of rehearsing, students have transformed their high school auditorium into a 1950’s jury room. The play focuses on a jury’s deliberations in the murder trial of a teenager accused of stabbing his abusive father.

“What’s interesting is even though the play was written back in the 1950s, it still stands true today,” says Kerry Gilberti, director.

Gilberti says once they are done with the 12 Angry Jurors performance, they will begin working on their spring musical. The name of the musical will be released in the coming weeks.

In addition to opening night, there will be shows on Friday, November 19, and Saturday, November 20th.

Tickets for 12 Angry Jurors can be purchased at the door, online, and over the phone, by calling 315-218-4002 during school hours. Click here to purchase tickets online. Tickets cost $12.00 for students and $14.00 for adults.

Doors will open at 6:30 pm. Patrons must wear face masks at all times, regardless of vaccination status.

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