It’s drama time again at Buffalo High School, and the cast is gearing up to bring a swashbuckling representation of 17th-century France to the stage next week.
“The Three Musketeers,” a play written by Ken Ludwig and based on the classic novel by Alexandre Dumas, tells the story of d’Artagnan, a young man from Gascony, France. D’Artagnan travels to Paris to fulfill his dream of joining the musketeers, an elite group of swordsmen charged with protecting the king. Along the way, he must battle the evil Cardinal Richelieu and come to terms with the fact that his sister, Sabine, won’t be going to the convent school her father sent her to. Posing as a young man, Sabine will make her own name among the courageous guardians of the king.
“The Three Musketeers” has enough intrigue, humor and sword fighting to entertain audiences of all ages, according to director Nancy Tabb, but don’t take her word for it. Take a minute to read what the characters have to say about the world of the musketeers.
Buffalo Bulletin: Why should people come see this play?
Phoenix LaVigne, “Cecile,” mother of d’Artagnan: Because my son is the star of it. He just does such an amazing job. It’s heartbreaking to watch, though. He’s so grown up. (bursts into tears)
Vinsent Williams, “Debris,” ruffian: Because there’s a lot of action, and there’s amazing fighting scenes.
BB: What’s it like having your sister tag along while you go on this adventure?
Spencer Walters, “d’Artagnan,” adventurous would-be musketeer: Annoying, yet secretly comforting. Because, a move from Gascony, France, to Paris, France, it’s a world apart. So really, although I’m eager to set out on my own, it’s comforting to have a little piece of home to keep with me in my sister. I don’t tell her that, although I should.
BB: Who is the most cowardly character in this play?
Abby Gonzalez, “Sabine,” d’Artagnan’s sister: That’s really hard to say. Since d’Artagnan is my brother, I kind of feel like I need to say d’Artagnan in comparison to how brave I am. I have his back. I’ve gotta watch out for my brother because he gets into a lot of trouble and kind of doesn’t know what’s going on.
Valerie Scarlett, “Mother Superior,” kindly nun: I’d say the Cardinal, because he sends everybody else to do his dirty work for him. He never does it himself.
BB: Who is the bravest character in this play?
Delaney Stine, “Adele,” flirt: I’d have to say Porthos. Maybe that’s just because I like him in his cape, but Porthos.
BB: Why are the musketeers so important?
David Danielson, “Porthos,” musketeer: I’m Porthos, the best of all the musketeers. You can write that down if you would. The musketeers as a whole aren’t as important as me myself, I would say. I could do the job of all of them combined, I would say.
BB: Is that true?
Jeremy Shiver, “Athos,” musketeer: Oh, he’s very gaudy about himself. He goes about in his fashion sense and believes he’s better than anybody else. The kid needs to learn some humility, but he’s a very good fighter. Very loyal in the end.
BB: What do you think of the newest addition to the musketeers?
Jeremiah Tabb, “Monsieur de Treville,” head musketeer: D’Artagnan? Well, he’s a fine young man and was the son of one of my best friends through my childhood, so I’m sure he’ll excel greatly.
BB: What’s the best thing about this play?
Cadence Johnson, “Servant”: It’s getting to hang around with all these awesome people.
BB: What’s the worst thing about this play?
Joy Gilbert, “Abbess,” gossip: Nobody shares any information! Everybody’s got all these secrets, and I want to know.
BB: What’s the biggest challenge facing your kingdom right now?
Tyler Trembley, “King Louis XIII,” King of France: Well really it is the cardinal, Cardinal Richelieu. He’s technically a higher power than me, using me to get what he wants. His guards are always beating my musketeers, and I don’t like it!
BB: What do you think about these musketeers?
Dylan Benitez, “Cardinal Richelieu,” power-hungry religious official: Well, I absolutely hate them. I hate them with all of my being. If I had my way, they would all be vanquished, and none of them would ever exist. This story would not be happening. It would be called “Cardinal Richelieu,” not “The Three Musketeers.”
BB: Do you like the cardinal?
Ian Cahoon, “Cardinal’s guard”: Yep. I have to like the cardinal.
BB: Have you ever been stabbed before?
Carlos Gonzales, “Rochefort,” head of Cardinal’s guards: I have been stabbed before. I actually do get stabbed by Milady in the play, and in my past experiences, I have been stabbed many times, because I am a dangerous and evil character.
BB: Who’s the most powerful person in France?
Becca Flanders, “Milady,” d’Artagnan’s wicked nemesis: Definitely me. I rule everything. I’m always a step ahead of everyone, even the Cardinal himself.
BB: Do you miss your son?
Nicholas Henry, “d’Artagnan’s father”: It’s always emotional when you see your own son going off to do the same thing that you did. I hope he takes good care of (my horse) Buttercup, and I hope he writes. I hope his sister writes too, and I hope she’ll be happy in her school.
BB: What’s so great about d’Artagnan?
Hannah Danielson, “Constance Bonacieux,” queen’s lady-in-waiting: Well, he’s a hero, and he has a good heart. That’s probably the best part about him. He is quite dreamy, but he has the heart of a warrior and of a musketeer.
BB: Do you have a favorite stabbing story?
Kody Moseman, “Aramis,” musketeer: I have not been stabbed, actually, but I have been shot at a couple times. Through the story that I share with you, I am coming down a muddy road and suddenly we’re ambushed. I don’t pay attention to what’s going on around me because, well, I just bought a new pair of boots, and they were getting all muddy. When Athos told me that we were surrounded, guns started shooting and we tried getting behind a wall. But it was too late for me, and I got shot in the leg, right around the thigh.
BB: Which is better—England or France?
Randy Olsen, “Duke of Buckingham,” Queen Anne’s love interest: England is better than France because I’m the duke and I say so.
BB: What is the most important rule in the court?
Emily Devine, “Queen Anne of Austria,” Queen of France: Don’t upset the king. I’m allowed to upset the king. I’m his wife. I’m the stronger one in this relationship.
King Louis: She beats me at arm wrestling.
When you go...
What: “The Three Musketeers” by Ken Ludwig, performed by Buffalo High School drama club and based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas
When: Oct. 11 and 12, 7 p.m.
Where: BHS auditorium
Cost: Free admission, donations accepted