ALL FOR ONE ... - Actors rehearse for the upcoming Rend Lake College Fall Play, "The Three Musketeers." The play opens Nov. 4 and features a cast of more than 35 talents from the area. PICTURED ABOVE, FROM LEFT are; Travis Bond (Mt. Vernon) as "Porthos," Chris Eskew (Mt. Vernon) as "Athos," Taylor Vessel (Sesser) as "D'Artagnan" and Caleb Motsinger (Harrisburg) as "Aramis." For $12 tickets, call 618-437-5321, Ext. 1467. CLICK HERE for a larger image.
INA, Ill. – The cast is set, the set is built and tickets are going fast for Rend Lake College’s stage performance of “The Three Musketeers.” This swashbuckling adventure promises loads of local talent and fun for the whole family.
The public has four chances to see RLC’s 2010 Fall Play. “The Three Musketeers” opens Nov. 4 with a performance at 7 p.m. It continues at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Nov. 5 and 6, and offers a final performance at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 7.
The adaptation coming to RLC’s stage is based on the timeless swashbuckler by Alexandre Dumas, a tale of heroism, treachery, close escapes and above all, honor.
The story, set in 1625, begins with d’Artagnan, a young Frenchman from Gascony, who sets off for Paris in search of adventure. Along with d’Artagnan goes Sabine, his sister, the quintessential tomboy. Sent with d’Artagnan to attend a convent school in Paris, she poses as a young man – d’Artagnan’s servant – and quickly becomes entangled in her brother’s adventures.
Soon after reaching Paris, d’Artagnan encounters the greatest heroes of the day, Athos, Porthos and Aramis, the famous musketeers. After blundering into each of them in turn, and challenging them to duels on the same night, d’Artagnan joins forces with his heroes to defend the honor of the Queen of France. In so doing, he finds himself in opposition to the most dangerous man in Europe, Cardinal Richelieu, as well as his henchman, Rochefort, Captain of the Cardinal’s Guard. Even more deadly is the infamous Countess de Winter, known as Milady, who will stop at nothing to revenge herself on d’Artagnan – and Sabine – for their meddlesome behavior. Little does Milady know that the young girl she scorns, Sabine, will ultimately save the day.
What happens next? Find out by purchasing a ticket for only $12 from the RLC Box Office. Call 618-437-5321, Ext. 1467. Major credit cards are accepted.
The cast list is littered with local talent. The Three Musketeers are Chris Eskew of Mt. Vernon as “Athos,” Travis Bond of Mt. Vernon as “Porthos” and Caleb Motsinger of Harrisburg as “Aramis.” “D’Artagnan” is being played by Taylor Vessel of Sesser and Ryan Milam of Benton will appear as “Cardinal Richelieu.”
“Rochefort” is being played by Tyler Eaton of Benton, Tony Pierce of DuQuoin is playing “Stanley,” Matt Marshall of Ewing is “King Louis XIII” and “Queen Anne” is Stephanie Smith. The play will also feature Steve Janic (Salem) and Sarah Jane Hodge (Dahlgren) as D’Artagnan’s parents, Aaron Dawson (Benton) as “Basille,” Cale Smith of Mt. Vernon as “Fache,” Chuck Lawrence of Mt. Vernon as “Treville,” and Jason Mills (West Frankfort) as “The Duke of Buckingham.”
Sam Street of Mt. Vernon is “Ravanche,” Brandon Beckman of Wayne City is the innkeeper, Derek Wintermann of Ashley is playing “Debris,” Jordan McCoy of Mt. Vernon is “Sabine,” Lee Brown of Mt. Vernon is playing “Milady Blythe” and Jayne Ballantyne of Pinckneyville is “Constance Bonacieux.”
The cast also includes Elizabeth Harrison of Mulkeytown as the old woman, Rikki Unfried of McLeansboro as “Adele,” Molly Wilson of Mt. Vernon as the sister at school, Kearah Ressler of Mt. Vernon as “Elise,” Julie Mabry of Sesser as “Mother Superior,” and Rachel Rheinecker of Pinckneyville as “Abbess.”
Also contributing their acting talents to the stage performance are James Doolin (West Frankfort), Emily Schmidt (Pinckneyville), Lyndsey Hammons (Mt. Vernon), Jenny McCollom (Mulkeytown), Shannon Twitty (Wayne City), Rachel Doolin (West Frankfort), Paula Street (Mt. Vernon) and Jason Sinkhorn (Marion).
The play is being directed by Tracey Webb with fight choreography by Sinkhorn and production assistance from Rachel Bumpus (Mt. Vernon), Lacey Pearce (Mt. Vernon) and Alicia Adams (Bonnie).
Webb extended appreciation to RLC Art Professor Therese Melena and some of the actors’ parents who helped construct and paint the elaborate set Webb designed, which she said takes a lot of work on weekends.
“I want to thank them for making my set look incredible,” Webb said. “It’s volunteers that help me get it done.”