Arts and Leisure

Ellis Theater Guild Presents Jury Trial

|| By: Carrie Shang ’23 || Even though we are no longer on campus, the Hill School’s theater family still prepared a unique, one-of-a-kind production. Beginning on May 14, the Ellis Theater Guild presented “Jury Trial,” an original play written by CFTA Director Chris McGriff which is unlike anything the students have ever seen before. 

“Jury Trial” takes the audience through time to experience a thrilling mystery set in 2040. Mixing humor with suspense, this show is filled with twists and turns. Viewers are kept at the edge of their seats as the characters battle against a powerful artificial intelligence called ONYX. Jury Trial featured three small casts, each of which brought their unique flare to the gripping tale. Of course, the brand-new, online platform for this play called for different types of tech which meant that this McGriff production held several surprises for audience. 

For some members of the cast, this was, unfortunately, their last opportunity to take part in a Hill School theater production. 

“I’m very sad that my theater journey at Hill is coming to an end,” Mary Delan ’20 said. “Some of my most cherished memories were on stage singing with my friends who became my family.” 

Indeed, all of the sixth formers have played such an important role in Hill’s theater community not just as talented artists, but also as friends, mentors, and members of this family. Even though the theater family could not perform with each other in person this term, their shared passion bought them together to present this original theatrical masterpiece.