Drama & Behind the Scenes Camp

Ages 14-18
(Campers may be 19 if they graduated High School in May 2024)

Twelve Angry Jurors

Adapted by Sherman L. Sergel and based on the Emmy award-winning television movie by Reginald Rose which was later adapted in to the well-known film starring Harry Fonda.

A 19-year-old man has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. “He doesn’t stand a chance,” mutters the guard as the 12 jurors are taken into the bleak jury room. It looks like an open-and-shut case—until one of the jurors begins opening the others’ eyes to the facts. “This is a remarkable thing about democracy,” says the foreign-born juror, “that we are notified by mail to come down to this place—and decide on the guilt or innocence of a person; of a man or woman we have not known before. We have nothing to gain or lose by our verdict. We should not make it a personal thing.” But personal it is, with each juror revealing his or her own character as the various testimonies are re-examined, the murder is re-enacted and a new murder threat is born before their eyes! Tempers get short, arguments grow heated, and the jurors become “12 Angry Men.” The jurors’ final verdict and how they reach it—in tense scenes that will electrify your audience and keep them on the edge of their seats—add up to a fine, mature piece of dramatic literature, an experience you’ll be proud to present.

Our Drama Camp now has two sections: Performance and Behind the Scenes! Learn more about each section below!
Drama Camp is for those who would like to perform in Twelve Angry Jurors. Students should register for this section (and pay a $25 Deposit) to secure their audition and then see the audition information below. This section requires an audition in order to participate. Following the auditions, tuition will be charges for those cast. If you are not cast, you will be offered the opportunity to enroll in Behind the Scenes Camp.

Behind the Scenes Camp will give students the opportunity to work on all the technical, backstage, and design elements. Campers will work with the directing team to take the production from design to the stage. Campers will meet with the directing team at a “Pre-Production Meeting” to begin collaborating on design for sets, costumes, props, and lights. The week of camp will be spent building and assembling all these elements, before transitioning to crew roles for the actual show. During the production, Behind the Scenes campers will serve as running crew, stage management, lighting crew, costumes crew, and more! This camp will give you a unique opportunity to work on the technical aspects of a production from their inception to their execution. Don’t miss out on building your portfolio as a theater technician, and getting a chance to work on this classic American play.


Register for this camp and pay a $25 Deposit if you are planning to audition for Twelve Angry Jurors. You must audition and be cast to attend this camp. After casting, you will be charged the remaining balance of Drama Camp Tuition.

Students who audition for Twelve Angry Jurors but are not cast will have the option to register for Behind the Scenes Camp.

Audition Information:
Auditions will be June 5, 2024 from 4-6PM.

Callbacks will be June 8, 2024 from 2-5PM.

Artistic Team
Co-Director: Andrew Milbourn
Co-Director: Jana Latchaw Milbourn
Technical Director: Becky Ochoa
Stage Manager: Molly Stasieluk

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How to Audition:

  1. Make sure you are enrolled in Drama Camp! A $25 deposit must be paid towards camp tuition in order to be eligible for auditions. All students cast in Twelve Angry Jurors will then be charged the remainder of the tuition balance. Students not cast in Twelve Angry Jurors will have the option to enroll in Behind the Scenes Camp, or have their deposit refunded.
  2. Fill out the Twelve Angry Jurors Audition Form.
  3. Sign-Up for an Audition Time HERE.
  4. Select an audition monologue from the options provided HERE.

Questions? Reach out to Executive Director, Grant Golson at grant@firstactkc.org

If you are unable to attend in-person auditions and would like to submit a video audition, please send send your video audition to grant@firstactkc.org. Your video audition should a recording of you performing your audition monologue. Video auditions are due by NOON on Tuesday, June 4th. There is a signup for video auditions at the bottom of the Signup Genius. 

Audition Tips

  • First Act Theatre Arts does require the monologues to be memorized. 
  • Be as familiar with the play and the characters as is possible! You can find a copy of the script online. 
  • Be confident — even if you have never done this before. But also be humble!
  • Make bold choices — you need to show us your stuff. Don’t just stand and read. Begin by introducing yourself and your audition pieces. We realize that virtually everyone is doing the same pieces, but it is good practice to do the introduction the right way.
  • For video auditions – don’t look at the camera when you are auditioning. It is not your scene partner. Pick a spot just next to the camera on which to focus.
  • You will be nervous. That is a good thing. The key is to channel your nerves into good positive energy. It is important to remember that directors want you to be great.

Character Breakdown

Viola – A young woman who is shipwrecked on the shores of Illyria. She disguises herself as a young man called Cesario and goes to work for Orsino. 

Olivia – A wealthy heiress in Illyria. Her father and brother have recently died. Without any close family, she is in charge of her household and can decide for herself who she marries. 

Sebastian – Viola’s twin brother. He was rescued from the shipwreck by Antonio and believes his sister drowned at sea. 

Orsino – A Duke and the governor of Illyria. He is in love with Olivia even though she is not interested in him.

Malvolio – Olivia’s steward and the manager of her household. He dislikes Sir Toby’s drunken behavior and dreams of marrying Olivia. 

Sir Toby Belch – Related to Olivia and lives in her house. Enjoys drinking and playing tricks on people. Olivia has little respect for him. 

Sir Andrew – Staying with his friend Sir Toby and hopes to marry Olivia. He is very wealthy. 

Maria – Olivia’s maid. She looks out for Sir Toby and tries to impress him. 

Feste – Olivia’s jester, or fool. Worked for Olivia’s father and sometimes works for Orsino.

Antonio – A sea captain. He rescued Sebastian from the shipwreck and follows him when they arrive in Illyria.

Fabian – A servant in Olivia’s household.

Valentine & Curio – gentlemen attending on the Duke.