The Three Musketeers
Performed by the
South Shore PlayersPremiered November, 2009
at the Pearl Theatre, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
- *The Three Musketeers*
Making its World Premiere at The Pearl Theatre in Lunenburg on Friday, November 27th, 2009, The Three Musketeers was inspired by Alexandre Dumas's classic novel, but there the similarity ends. A number of crazy characters have been introduced by co-writers Jon Allen and Dave Brumwell to add some new spice to the plot. Other well-loved characters, like Quasimodo, have nothing to do with the original plot; his only connection would appear to be that he too was French. The Pearl production of this well-loved story is fast-moving and comical, with some great musical numbers to boot.
Jon Allen and Dave Brumwell are both residents of Mahone Bay. Allen is directing this year's original Christmas pantomime, while Brumwell is a featured actor, as well as being responsible for stage design and promotion. Both Allen and Brumwell have written numerous plays, but this is their first collaboration on a Christmas pantomime. Jon Allen appeared as an 'Ugly Sister' in the South Shore Players' very first Christmas pantomime production of Cinderella in 1997.
South Shore Players, founded in 1993, is a not-for-profit amateur theatre company based in Lunenburg.
Since its inception it has produced many theatrical productions, including 15 Christmas productions, 9 of which have been traditional British pantomimes (or pantos as they're called in the UK). At the initial Christmas pantomime production of Cinderella, the audience had to be instructed on panto etiquette, which includes shouting, cheering, booing, screaming and laughing.
Over the years, South Shore Players has seen many of its young actors and actresses go on to greater things. Children as young as 7 and 8, as well as many retirees, regularly appear in their plays.
Pantomimes have been a form of hilarious British theatre entertainment since the 16th century, blending the traditions of Italian Commedia dell'Arte and the British Music Hall. Usually the Dame is played by a male actor and the Hero (Principal Boy) is played by a female. Often other gender roles are swapped to add to the magic and intrigue of this form.
The plot is usually very simple - the Girl (dressed as a boy) is the son of a man (dressed as a woman) who will win the other girl (surprisingly dressed as a girl), with the assistance of another person or persons (possibly dressed in animal skins).This formula has worked successfully for 300 years. It's classic good versus evil, with a Hero, a Heroine, a Demon King and/or Queen, a Fairy Godmother, and many other weird characters thrown in.
- In the News:
One for all, and all for one:
'The Three Musketeers' hit the stage for Christmas pantomime,
Article by Robert Hirtle, SouthShoreNow, November 2009