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BRHS Winter Drama Play
The Bridgewater-Raritan High School is presenting its fall drama production of "The Jury Room."
In the jury room of the Criminal Courts Building, twelve jurors gather to decide the fate of a lovely young woman. Did she stab her uncle in cold blood? Eleven jurors say yes. One, a student actress, says no. Act out the testimony, she begs them desperately, and see if it looks true. Finally, impatiently, they agree. Furniture is re-arranged, props are brought in, including the real murder weapon. The actress becomes the accused girl. The foreman impersonates the murdered man. There’s a part for everyone. Several jurors provide comedy as they try to adjust to being “actors.” Others take the situation seriously. Arguments erupt. Tempers flare. The jurors begin to lose themselves in their roles. There’s plenty of physical action as the events leading up to the murder and the murder itself are brought to life onstage. But which version is correct? If the girl didn’t kill her uncle, who did? One of the other characters being portrayed? Play-acted murder threatens to become real murder. Will it? The verdict, the solution, and the climax of the play arrive together in a single smashing finish.
More About Bridgewater-Raritan High School
Bridgewater-Raritan High School is designed as a campus-style building, with 11 separate buildings that students move through in nine 40-minute periods each day. The school, which was originally dedicated in September 1961, has mostly one-story buildings, with one that is two stories.
Curriculum in the school has changed over the years to accommodate a growing student enrollment, as well as demands for additional technological improvements and budgetary constraints. Among the school's highlighted programs are a Cooperative Education Program to allow students to earn college credit for high school work, as well as a World Language Exchange Program with schools in England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. The school also offers bilingual classes for non-English-speaking students, and classroom instruction includes the use of computers, calculators, networked computer labs, closed-circuit television, interactive television and software programs.
The school has been recognized as one of only three New Jersey high schools to be a New Jersey Star School and is a nationally recognized Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.