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Avon View students set to perform Agatha Christie’s, Witness for the Prosecution in Windsor

Grade 11 student Maisie Gilbert (playing Madame Winifred Robarts) questions Grade 12 student Liam Jackson (playing Leonard Vole) as they prepare for their upcoming roles in Witness for the Prosecution. Avon View High School will perform the Agatha Christie classic May 9-11.
Grade 11 student Maisie Gilbert (playing Madame Winifred Robarts) questions Grade 12 student Liam Jackson (playing Leonard Vole) as they prepare for their upcoming roles in Witness for the Prosecution. Avon View High School will perform the Agatha Christie classic May 9-11. - Contributed

The show runs May 9-11; will you be a witness?

You have been summoned for jury duty.

The verdict is about to come in on the upcoming performances of the stage version of Agatha Christie’s, Witness for the Prosecution, at Windsor’s Avon View High School. 

Three performances are set for May 9-11. All start at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6:45 p.m.

Donna MacMillan is the school’s drama teacher and the director of the production. She said in an interview she is a big fan of Agatha Christie’s mysteries and thrillers.

“All her plays are very smartly written and very entertaining,” MacMillan said.

The play is a drama in three acts, made famous by the 1957 movie starring Marlene Dietrich and Charles Laughton.

Last year's production was the 80s musical Rock of Ages. MacMillan noted that not many of the school’s nearly 1,000 students were comfortable playing a part in a musical. The courtroom setting of this year’s production made room for nearly 35 students.

“It’s challenging to find a production for a high school that will allow a large number of students to participate,” MacMillan said.

“The great thing about his show is, because of the courtroom setting, the cast is kind of expandable because of all the positions in the court, such as the judge, the clerk, the barristers, the usher, the jurors. So, it gives an opportunity to allow as many students who wanted to be involved to be in the production.”

She and the students received strong support from school staff, their families and the community.  MacMillan even managed to recruit her husband, Torin Buzek, who teaches scenic construction at Dalhousie University’s Fountain School of Performing Arts, to help stage the production.

MacMillan said tickets for the last two productions sold out in advance of opening night. So, she suggests fans buy their tickets early from the school’s main office to avoid disappointment. 

If you go: Tickets for students and seniors are $8, adults $10, and can be purchased by calling Avon View High School at 902-792-6740. Performances will be held at the school, located at 225 Payzant Drive in Windsor, May 9-11.

                                                               

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