Peas, princes & patriot players

April 22, 2014

Award-winning Liberty High School theater program presents ‘Once Upon a Mattress’

There are overbearing mothers, and then there is “Once Upon a Mattress’” Queen Aggravain, alone in an altogether different stratosphere of dysfunction.

Photos by Sarah Edmonds Above, Queen Aggravain, played by Liberty High School senior Hailey Gumm, looks on in shock, while King Sextimus, senior Marcus Milyko, doesn’t seem amused in the Patriot Players’ production of ‘Once Upon a Mattress.’

Photo by Sarah Edmonds
Queen Aggravain, played by Liberty High School senior Hailey Gumm, looks on in shock, while King Sextimus, senior Marcus Milyko, doesn’t seem amused in the Patriot Players’ production of ‘Once Upon a Mattress.’

“Like her name suggests, she’s aggressive,” said Liberty High School senior Hailey Gumm, the one tasked with portraying her in the Patriot Players’ spring musical. “She definitely is a little bit crazy, but I think the crazy people are the fun ones. They are the meat of the show.”

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Patriot Players score top theater award

June 18, 2013

A month after the Liberty High School Patriot Players took audiences on a journey through Oz, they returned to the stage again, accepting a top honor at the 5th Avenue Theatre Awards June 11.

In what has become an annual tradition for the successful performing arts program, Liberty drama students joined more than 2,000 of their peers from across the state at the show that is likened to the high school version of the Tony Awards.

“It’s a big deal, because it’s like if state football met the Tonys for drama,” Liberty sophomore Lorrin Hunt said.

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