‘Witness for the Prosecution’
Show times for Jonathan Alder High School’s fall play are 8 p.m. Nov. 15-16 and 2 p.m. Nov. 17. Tickets may be purchased at the door: $7 for adults; $5 for students. For more information, call (614) 873-4642.
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
In Agatha Christie’s play, “Witness for the Prosecution,” a wealthy, single woman is found dead, and Leonard Vole is on trial for her murder.
“The only witnesses are himself and his loving wife. He spends the rest of the play trying to convince everyone he didn’t do it,” said senior Jorden Stock, who plays Vole in Jonathan Alder High School’s upcoming production of the play. Shows are set for Nov. 15-17.
Stock, who has performed in other school productions, says he really likes “Witness for the Prosecution” for its complexity.
“You see a lot of development (of characters) and there’s a lot of mystery. There are more plot twists, which makes it interesting for the audience,” he said.
The complexity doesn’t necessarily come with action, but rather with dialogue.
“You have to pay attention to what the characters are saying, how they’re saying it and the facts they are giving. You have to figure out if they’re telling the truth or lying,” said junior Keely Wolfe, who serves as student director.
Director Shauna Zimmerman is having as much fun with the play as the students are. This is her second experience with putting on a murder mystery. Her first came earlier this year when she played the lead role in the Worthington Community Theater’s production of Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap.”
“I fell in love with Agatha Christie and with murder mysteries,” Zimmerman said.
When deciding which play to put on this fall at Jonathan Alder, she enlisted the help of student Madison Wells, who read through several scripts before, on her own, suggesting “Witness for the Prosecution.”
“It’s not usually done in high school productions, but we have such good actors, I had every faith they could pull it off… and they are,” Zimmerman said.
Helping to make the show happen are Eliza Graber, a 2009 Jonathan Alder graduate serving as assistant director, and Scott Jones serving as technical director.
“With Eliza, it’s fun to see a former actor/student take on a role of leadership with directing. Scott does our sets and he is just amazing,” Zimmerman said.
In a note for anyone who plans to attend the play, Zimmerman asks that they follow the tradition that started with the original stagings of all Agatha Christie plays.
“We ask that all who see it not give away the ending to anyone who plans to see a later show,” she said.