For two days on a mid-July weekend, personalities from Saar Pioneer Cemetery came to life in Voices of Kent’s Pioneers, a series of onsite historical performances, showcasing the stories of selected individuals and families interred in the historic burial ground. Through collaboration between the South King County Genealogical Society and Book-It Theatre, with support from 4Culture’s Heritage Special Projects and Site-Specific programs, a cast of three women and three men portrayed multiple characters in a production adapted from genealogical records by Rachel Atkins, and directed by Kelly Kitchens.
Using humor and pathos, the actors gave voice to the departed as audience and cast moved from graveside to graveside. This year’s production follows the model and success of the inaugural historical performance at Saar Pioneer Cemetery in 2010, and strengthens the case for continued creative interpretation of heritage sites.
Image: Voices of Kent’s Pioneers July 17 performance © 2011, 4Culture.