Western Michigan University senior Ben Andre as “Porthos,” senior Sean Buckley as “D’Artagnan,” senior Lochlan MacQaurrie as “Athos” and sophmore Trevor Morgan as “Aramis” pledge “All for one and one for all” in the Department of Theaters “The Three Musketeers.” (Photograph by John A. Lacko)
The University Theatre season will continue on October 11 with the opening showing of “The Three Musketeers” at Shaw Theatre in the Gilmore Theatre Complex.The musical is directed by WMU Theatre Chair Emeritus D. Terry Williams.
“I couldn’t ask for a better cast,” Williams said. “Most of them are upperclassmen. They’ve been in a lot of productions.”
Sophomore Aleks Krapivkin plays the main antagonist, Cardinal Richelieu.
“With this cast we can really just have fun but be professional at the same time,” Krapivkin said. “This cast is so excited to do the work and so excited to work with D. Terry that I think we all stepped up our game.”
Sophomore Trevor Morgan, who plays the musketeer Aramis, said that the cast is phenomenal.
“Everyone is incredibly professional with what they want to do, but it’s a fun show,” Morgan said. “A lot of the cast left a lot of room to have fun and to play with things and try new things.”
Morgan said that Williams was outstanding to work with because he adds a lot of fun to the show.
“He’s great to work with,” Morgan said. “There’s a lot of room for fun and enjoyment and he stresses that. That adds to a lot that we bring on stage.”
Krapivkin added that Williams does a lot to create a professional and playful environment and is open to artistic choices.
“Not all directors are like that and I’m so happy that D. Terry is just phenomenal,” Krapivkin said.
Krapivkin also said that the stage manager, Elizabeth Green, is a joy to work with.
Williams said that there is a lot of humor in this adaptation of “The Three Musketeers” because of the comic playwright.
“The playwright, Ken Ludwig, adapted this four years ago, so it is much more contemporary a translation than the other ones that I am aware of,” Williams said.
Williams said that The Three Musketeers will have something for everybody, including suspense, romance, lighting design by Patricia Nichols and stage fights choreographed by Nate Mitchell.
“Nate has never had a show with this many fights and moments of torture, strangulations, knifings, falls, in addition to sword fights,” Williams said. “The fights have to be extraordinarily realistic to make them believable.”
Morgan said he is thankful for the opportunity to do sword fighting in the show.
“I look forward to adding it to the resume,” Morgan said. “I have this under my belt now. It’s a good experience to have.”
Krapivkin said The Three Musketeers is a fast show because of all of the fights and thrills in the performance, but also has another major appeal.
“It’s a comedy,” Krapivkin said. “Who doesn’t love a good comedy?”
But Krapivkin noted that even though this version is a comedy, it still follows the path of the original version.
“The audience should expect to be pleasantly surprised with this version,” Krapivkin said. “It’s still the classic. The story’s still there. It’s just told in a comedic way.”
Morgan said he is a fan of author Alexandre Dumas’ work, including “The Three Musketeers” and “The Count of Monte Cristo.”
“Alexandre Dumas was a fantastic storyteller,” Morgan said. “‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ was one of my favorite books, and I read The Three Musketeers for this play and I loved that as well.”
Morgan mentioned that the show takes people on a big trip and has a lot of extremes that should be fun to watch.
“It’s a lot about spectacle in the show,” Morgan said. “There’s just a lot of big grandiose things that are going to make it really fun to watch.”
Krapivkin says he thinks people can learn from the show without relating to it.
The show runs October 11, 12, and 13 at 8:00 p.m., October 18, 19, and 20 at 8:00 p.m., and October 21 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Gilmore box office or online at www.wmich.edu/theatre/season/tickets.