The Theater of the Spirit in presently in rehearsal for a March production of “Twelve Angry Jurors,” directed by Eugene Thomas of Waldoboro and produced by Carol Dunning of Newcastle. The play, adapted from the classic “Twelve Angry Men,” is high drama.

At the conclusion of arguments in the murder trial of a 19-year-old man, the court officer mutters “He doesn’t stand a chance” as he leads the jury to the deliberation room. It appears to be an open and shut case — until one dissenting juror votes “not guilty” when the foreman calls for a vote, signaling that the verdict may not be all that simple.

Cast members come from a wide geographic area, from Belfast to Bath. They are Alan Lowe, Geary Smith, Melissa Hearth, Dale Smith, Bill Glendinning, Mike Rowe, Phyllis McQuaide, Dan True, Dennis Walsh, John Price, Tom Kirkham, Sunny Kirkham, Donna McClure and Mitchell Wellman. Director Thomas taught music and drama for 44 years and has acted in or directed more than 100 plays, ranging from children’s theater to opera.

Although there is no violence or graphic demonstrations of affection, this gripping show is not a children’s show. However, young adults, as well as their parents, will learn much about the criminal justice system by watching this realistic jury-room drama.

Performances will be Friday, March 19, and Friday and Saturday, March 26 and 27, at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, March 20 and 21, at 3 p.m. at the Waldo Theatre, Main Street/Route 220. Tickets are $12, available in advance at Maine Coast Book Shop in Damariscotta, Waltz Pharmacy in Waldoboro or by calling 832-6060.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.