The upcoming Lawrence District community performances are intended to entertain and inspire. Dramatic presentations of Twelve Angry Women and Twelve Angry Men will be performed in honor of fallen firefighter Joseph Sanford Jr. and local firehouses. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the memorial fund established for his family.

Joseph Sanford, Jr. perished on December 23, 2014, in the line of duty. A lifelong Inwood resident, his daughter Janisha is a highly respected graduate of Lawrence High School. Joseph Sanford, Jr. served 17 years as a volunteer firefighter, and his spirit of community service and heroism serves as an inspiration to the entire community.

The productions are the coordinated efforts of Lawrence District Music Director Pam Gallopini and co-directors Laila Sales, Thomas Riley, and Ryan DeMarco. Working in collaboration with local yeshiva high schools, the productions feature students from Lawrence High School, HALB-DRS High School, and HAFTR High School.

Set for February 10 and February 11 respectively, the all-female and all-male productions were designed to increase student participation in the community event. Both performances will take place at the Lawrence High School auditorium at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

The programs will kick off with a jazz performance, followed by a brief ceremony with the color guard from the fire departments that serve the families of District 15. Plaques will be presented on both evenings to representatives from the firehouses.

Twelve Angry Men was originally written by Reginald Rose and first performed in the 1950s. The dramatic play portrays the deliberation of 12 jurors during an intense trial.

The performances are open to all. Tickets are $5 each and available at the door; additional donations are welcome. Call 516-295-7043 for advance tickets and more information.


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