Skills, swords sharpen in anticipation of The Three Musketeers

Three Musketeers cast members in their first rehearsal with foils, October 8, 2019 – Mr. Darren Hengst

On November 15-17, the theater program will offer The Three Musketeers in Centennial Hall. The cast is comprised of high school students from Haverford and other local schools, including Baldwin and Agnes Irwin. The show portrays a young man’s journey as he travels to Paris and joins the Musketeers of the Guard.

     One of the most entertaining facets of the show is sword fighting. Director Mr. Darren Hengst must teach over twenty actors how to sword fight properly and safely.

      “I have to quickly identify the range of natural talent. Then, it is really about going step by step and identifying the skills,” Hengst said. “The guys who are playing leads are all very skilled and pick up moves very quickly. The most athletic person is not always the best sword fighter.”

     Fourth Form actor Jake LaRocca said, “Remembering the routines for sword fighting certainly poses a challenge. It all kind of feels awkward. Keeping that in mind, I am still new at it, and with more practice, I’m sure I will improve.”

     Apart from sword fighting, the show is full of other forms of entertainment. “The transitions are very quick from scene to scene and [the show] is a very fast-paced story,” Hengst said. “There is a lot of humor as well. When we read through it, we were laughing the whole night, which was nice.”

“The complexity of the cast, the intrigue of the show, and the immense amounts of hard work are all great reasons to come out and [show] support.”

Drew Loughnane ’21

     “With hints of comedy and references to history, I recommend [that] everyone come see the classic production of The Three Muskateers,” said Fourth Former Nick Pante, who plays Rochefort.

     The play’s lead, Fifth Former Drew Loughnane, who plays D’artagnan, said, “The complexity of the cast, the intrigue of the show, and the immense amounts of hard work are all great reasons to come out and [show] support.”

     Mr. Hengst said, “It is action-packed, very funny, and it’s going to highlight a lot of our guys.”

Author: Ryan Rodack '22

Arts Editor Ryan Rodack is in his second year working on The Index. He previously covered sports.