Drama student Hudson Hale ‘21 and Benjamin alumnus Gibby Capaldi ‘19 are teaching Drama Club students how to fence for their upcoming performance of The Three Musketeers by John Chambers, adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas. Hale, who has studied the art of fencing for eight years, is excited to teach choreography, slow motion combat, and stage-pace full speed fencing.
“The process requires students to first learn the basics of fencing, which I taught at the end of last year. At the beginning of this year, I lent my fencing foils to the drama department, so we would not have to rush to get enough foils to start choreographing the scenes,” said Hale.
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Hale said that faculty advisor and upper school drama teacher Tom Bazar watches scenes and provides his feedback on the fencing.
“We have kept most fights light and with tons of funny bits to keep the style of The Three Musketeers,” Hale said.
Hale said the group operates under four strict rules when handling the foils.
“The foil must never be pointed upwards unless when in a fight. Eye contact is the cue that both fencers are ready. Vocal sounds (like grunts or screams) are cues that a fencer is attacking. Lastly, always treat the foil, even though it has a safe point, as a weapon.” said Hale.
The Three Musketeers will debut in Benjamin Hall on November 15 at 7:00 p.m. A matinee performance will be held on November 16 at 1:30 p.m.
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