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Simon Mulligan at The Sembrich. Photo credit: YM Photography

The Sembrich Brings George Takei’s ALLEGIANCE to Bolton

 The Sembrich Brings George Takei’s ALLEGIANCE to Bolton

—A Musical Portrayal of the Japanese-American Interment during WWII—


BOLTON LANDING, NY — The Sembrich Summer Film Series continues at Bolton Town Hall on Monday, August 13th at 7:30 pm with a special event:  an exclusive North Country screening of George Takei’s Allegiance, The Broadway Musical on the Big Screen.  Admission is free.

Filmed live on Broadway in January of 2016 during the last weeks of its run, Allegiance tells the story of the Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they and 110,000 other Japanese-Americans are forced to leave their homes following the events of Pearl Harbor.

To date, the Allegiance film has had limited screenings, as a special Fathom Event in movie theaters in December of 2016 with encore showings in February and December of 2017.

“We wanted to share this beautifully-told story as a part of our summer series, A WORLD IN HARMONY,” says Sembrich Artistic Director Richard Wargo, “So we contacted the producers directly and were able to arrange for this exclusive Bolton Landing screening.”

The musical, which stars Lea Salonga, Telly Leung and George Takei, was inspired by Takei’s own childhood experiences as an internee during World War II.

“At a time when echoes of the interment ring once again far too loud in our political discourse, there’s never been a better moment for the story of Allegiance to find new audiences,” says Takei of the upcoming Bolton screening. “It is a true testament to the power and the relevance of this story.”

“So many people around the globe have never heard about this dark part of our nation’s history, and it is an honor and privilege for me to help tell this story, so that we can avoid repeating the mistakes of the past.”