Patriot Players present double feature

January 5, 2010

By Chantelle Lusebrink

Liberty High School actors star in ‘Broken Hallelujah’ and ‘Sorry, Wrong Number’

Liberty High School junior Kylie Ishimitsu, who plays Bridh, cradles junior Garrett Bagdon, a Union soldier, near the battlefield for the city of Petersburg in the play ‘Broken Hallelujah.’ By Chantelle Lusebrink

Liberty High School junior Kylie Ishimitsu, who plays Bridh, cradles junior Garrett Bagdon, a Union soldier, near the battlefield for the city of Petersburg in the play ‘Broken Hallelujah.’ By Chantelle Lusebrink

The Liberty High School Patriot Players will present a special double-feature production of “Broken Hallelujah” and “Sorry, Wrong Number,” beginning Jan. 8.

It is a new undertaking for many of the school’s drama students.

“It will show audiences what we can do here,” said junior Garrett Bagdon, who plays Hosgood, a Union soldier. “In the past few years, we’ve been doing a lot of comedies. This is our first play that’s been a true drama in some time.”

“I think it will really show the quality of our actors,” said junior Brandon Crader, who plays Stewart, a Union soldier.

“Broken Hallelujah,” commissioned by the A.C.T Young Conservatory of San Francisco in partnership with Theatre Royal Bath, was first staged in 2005. It is a contemporary play written by Sharman Macdonald.

In the battle-worn city of Petersberg, Va., the long days of the Civil War stretch on while people die from hunger, tensions are high and the deafening silence overwhelms young souls in a battle to defend a way of life.

“It’s a really beautiful, meaningful and relevant script that hasn’t been overdone,” Director Katherine Klekas said. “As a teacher and a mother, I don’t think [young people] realize that we’re involved in two wars. I know it’s something my kids could end up in.
“People tend to want what is easy and they want someone to blame. They want villains and heroes. But in war, especially the Civil War, it’s not that easy,” she added. “This show is complex, real and brutal. It show’s the reality of the situation, rather than what is portrayed in video games or produced movies.”

Sophomore Fiona Kine, who plays Maureen, a Southern teen, said the play has given her a look into the emotional and psychological side of war, and common themes of growing from a child into an adult.

“No one in the play is over the age of 19,” said sophomore Sierra Hunt, who plays Loren, a Southern teen. “During the play, we all have to come to terms with who we are and what our part is in the cause.”

“We really start to see how different people teach us different things about one another,” said junior Kylie Ishimitsu, who plays Bridh, a young woman caught in the war. “We start to learn about different cultures and help each other see things in different ways. It’s very much a coming-of-age story about how we all have different experiences.”

The show is staged in conjunction with a one-act play, “Sorry, Wrong Number,” written by Patricia Fletcher.

The play is a classic noir mystery thriller where the spoiled, bedridden daughter of a millionaire picks up the telephone, her only means of communication with the world, only to stumble upon a murder plot. But what she believes is a crossed-line phone call is actually a plot to murder her.

Arielle Gordon, a Liberty senior, is directing the one-act performance.

If you go
‘Broken Hallelujah’
7:30 p.m. Jan. 8, 9, 14, 16
2:30 p.m. Jan. 10
Liberty High School
16655 S.E. 136th St., Renton
$9 for adults
$5 for children under 12, seniors and Liberty students with valid identification

If you go

  • ‘Broken Hallelujah’
  • 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8, 9, 14, 16
  • 2:30 p.m. Jan. 10
  • Liberty High School
  • 16655 S.E. 136th St., Renton
  • $9 for adults
  • $5 for children under 12, seniors and Liberty students with valid identification

Chantelle Lusebrink: 392-6434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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