On October 8th, STM's Arts students were given the opportunity to take in the beautiful sites and a walk through the old fashioned streets of Stratford, Ontario. They also had the opportunity to attend a stage combat workshop and experience Stratford’s live production of “The Three Musketeers”. The day was filled with learning, action and a lot of sword fights.
During the workshop, two actors from the play taught the students the basics of staged sword fighting. They taught them attack and defense methods (safely) that are used in professional acting. After the demonstration, the audience was paired up and had the chance to do the choreographed moves with his or her partner. The clanking of swords filled the room as everyone pretended to be in battle with their opponent. It was definitely an action-filled experience for everyone.
After the lunch break, everyone gathered at the theatre to watch and enjoy the show. As the lights dimmed and the actors’ footsteps were heard coming across the stage, excitement filled the air. The classic tale of “The Three Musketeers” is known for its combat, sacrifice, heroic actions, and love.
The live performance made the story come alive. The costumes and set designs were visually appealing and very realistic, creating the illusion that the story was taking place in its original time period. The lighting and sound effects appealed to our senses and elicited a number of different emotions.
As for the acting, I must say bravo! Even if theatre isn't your favourite type of entertainment, you have to appreciate how much work these actors put into their job/role. The countless rehearsals, the precise choreography of the fighting scenes, and the constant costume changes were quite of challenge for the performers. They kept the audience hooked to the story from beginning to end. By the end, their performance was congratulated with a grand applause.
I would definitely recommend experiencing live theatre to everyone, whether you enjoy theatre or not. There's something everyone can find memorable from today’s performance: whether it be the battles, the intense scenes from the play, the sights and sounds, or just simply visiting Stratford for the first time – it is an experience that will be enjoyed by all.