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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Beaver Lake thespians take on the task of ‘Shrek’

March 25, 2014

Carol Woodman has directed the annual Beaver Lake Middle School musical for 15 years, and she’s never had as much help as she’s got this year.

While middle-school drama clubs don’t typically have the same participation levels as their high-school counterparts, that might not be the case at Beaver Lake, where 89 students have been cast in roles for this year’s musical, “Shrek.”

That means Woodman, who teaches art and drama at the school, needs a lot of behind-the-scenes assistance.

By Neil Pierson Alexis Jucht (left) plays Princess Fiona and Hammer Shalawylo plays Donkey in Beaver Lake Middle School’s ‘Shrek.’

By Neil Pierson
Alexis Jucht (left) plays Princess Fiona and Hammer Shalawylo plays Donkey in Beaver Lake Middle School’s ‘Shrek.’

“It’s a big undertaking,” she explained. “High school has some advantages that middle school doesn’t have, and that has to do with kids who can sew and help make costumes, kids who can help make sets. We have to depend upon the parents to help do everything.”

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Liberty’s ‘The Wizard of Oz’ scores 11 drama nominations

June 4, 2013

The Liberty High School production of “The Wizard of Oz,” garnered an impressive 11 nominations from The 5th Avenue Theatre’s annual awards that recognize musical theater at high schools across the state.

The program received nominations for Outstanding Overall Musical, Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Music Direction, Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Scenic Design, Outstanding Lighting Design, Outstanding Stage Crew, Outstanding Lobby Display and Outstanding Performance by a Chorus.

Madison Smith was recognized for her role as the Wicked Witch with a nomination in the Outstanding Performance by an Actor or Actress in a Non-Singing Role category, while Eric Spradling-Reim, as the Scarecrow, received a nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role.