By Melissa Conrad Rushville Republican
---- — “The Three Musketeers” will be brought to life on the Laughlin Center stage and rehearsals are already underway, filling Rushville Consolidated High School with drama and comedy; the good kind of drama.
Veteran director and teacher for the theater and advances theater classes at RCHS Jennie Tague says, “I know we’ll face certain challenges in our attempt to stage Ken Ludwig’s version of the Alexander Dumas classic, “The Three Musketeers,” and yet I was drawn to the script for that very reason. The updated version weaves the heroism of Athos, Porthos and Aramis (the three musketeers) with a fresh take on stage comedy.”
“The Three Musketeers will open to audiences in November with tickets now available. Show dates and times are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16 and 2 p.m. Sunday Nov. 17. Tickets are $7 each with reserved seating. Tickets may be purchased from any cast member or by e-mailing Jennie Tague at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling her at RCHS at 932-3901 ext. 258.
The cast and crew of “The Three Musketeers” are calling on some experts too as they prepare for the upcoming productions. “To help sell the believability of the many sword fights that take place throughout the play, we’re working with stage combat experts from Ball State,” Tague said. “The students will be taught the basics of stage fighting and how to use fencing swords as well as other weapons. The students will participate in two to three combat workshops to prepare for the show.”
Costuming for this show has been helped along by the graciousness of RCHS choral director Paul Grizzard and his Madrigal students. The authenticity of the time period will be well represented through costuming for the entire cast.
This adaptation of “The Three Musketeers” is based on the timeless swashbuckler by Alexandre Dumas, a tale of heroism, treachery, close escapes and above all, honor.
The story, set in 1625, begins with d’Artagnan, a young Frenchman from Gascony, who sets off for Paris in search of adventure. Along with d’Artagnan goes Sabine, his sister, the quintessential tomboy. Sent with d’Artagnan to attend a convent school in Paris, she poses as a young man – d’Artagnan’s servant – and quickly becomes entangled in her brother’s adventures.
Soon after reaching Paris, d’Artagnan encounters the greatest heroes of the day, Athos, Porthos and Aramis, the famous musketeers. After blundering into each of them in turn, and challenging them to duels on the same night, d’Artagnan joins forces with his heroes to defend the honor of the Queen of France. In so doing, he finds himself in opposition to the most dangerous man in Europe, Cardinal Richelieu, as well as his henchman, Rochefort, Captain of the Cardinal’s Guard. Even more deadly is the infamous Countess de Winter, known as Milady, who will stop at nothing to revenge herself on d’Artagnan – and Sabine – for their meddlesome behavior. Little does Milady know that the young girl she scorns, Sabine, will ultimately save the day.
The play had its world premiere on Dec. 6, 2006 at the world famous Bristol Old Vic and received ecstatic reviews.
The cast for “The Three Musketeers” include:
L.J. Conrad as D’Artagnan
Nate Hoeing as Athos
Zack Cramer as Porthos
Bryce Conrad as Aramis
Austin Tielking as Cardinal Richelieu
Perry Boles as Rochefort
Megan Clifton as Stanley
Logan Mahan as King Louis XIII
Keith Tressler as D’Artagnan’s father and Duke of Buckingham
Tanner Leisure as Basille
Lilli Spaeth as Fache
Kylee Hickmott as Treville and the innkeeper
Catie Liggett as Ravanche and Abbess
Leah Noe as Debris and D’Artagnan’s mother
Sarah Hershberger as Sabine
Abbey Whitaker as Milady
Jessica Miller as Constance Bonacieux
McKenzie Conrad as Adele
Lauryn Payne as Sister at School
Caysi Johnson as Queen Anne
Emilee Rogers as Elise
Jen Latner as Mother Superior
The student director for this production is Catie Liggett. Assistant director is Meagan Hearne.
March your calendars now and reserve your seats for all the swashbuckling drama at RCHS production of “The Three Musketeers” Nov. 15, 16 and 17 on the Laughlin Center stage on the RCHS campus.