GREENVILLE – “All for one, one for all!” The phrase came to life when Alexandre Dumas serialized “The Three Musketeers” in 1844. Later published as a novel, the story has been recreated more than two dozen times in film, plus another half dozen times in animation.
In April theater-goers will have the opportunity to see the production live at St. Clair Memorial Hall, courtesy of the GHS Theatre Company. Performances will be at 7 p.m. April 3; and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 4. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students, teachers and seniors.
The troupe’s advisor and director, Tom Nader, introduced the students to the classics with their current offering and, according to volunteer producer Cheryl Collins, has been working with them on the acting methods used specific to the time period. In an early March rehearsal he gave them the “scripts” for their choreographed fight scene, one of the highlights of the movie versions of the book.
“The fight scene is totally choreographed,” Collins said. “When we did our auditions we weren’t only interested in acting ability, but also whether the student would be capable of sword play.” She added they’ve been practicing for the last four to six weeks. “Mr. Nader is pushing them to become more physical actors,” she said.
Collins, who has been working with theatre groups for 14 years (eight at the high school, six at the junior high), said the goal is always to put on the most quality performance possible. “It takes teamwork.” She also noted participation is a positive for students. “Few if any of these students will be heading for an acting career,” she said. “To me, it’s always been about building self-confidence.”
The company practices three days a week (Monday through Wednesday) and works on set construction Thursday and Friday. “We have no prima donnas. Every member of this company is just as important as every other member,” Collins said. Prior to the beginning of practice, Nader told the group they will be building the props on the high school campus, but then will have to transport them to Memorial Hall for assembly.
The members of the cast and crew are: Robert Hawes, Jaxon Turner, Seth Conway, Sammy Lobenstein, Victoria Nader, Victoria Lucy, Michelle Farnin, Fabian Bucher, JJ Toomes, Haley Dillman, Aaron Lobenstein, Elijah Harris, Lauren Burns, Hope Martin, Brice Deregnaucourt, Haley Dillman and Michelle Fannin.
PHOTO CAPTION:The spring production of “The Three Musketeers” will be presented April 3 and 4 at St. Claire Memorial Hall. (Bob Robinson photo)