The Scarlet Pimpernel Takes You Back in Time

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Anticipation filtered through the air as the curtains opened and the show commenced. The actors sang and the audience entered a whole new world entranced by the voices on stage. The sets, lights, costumes, and orchestra made the whole scene come together.  The set’s beauty and costumes transported the audience back to the 18th century in a time of love, loss, war, treachery, and humor.  Frank Wildhorn’s passionate music enhanced the play.  Armand St. Just, played by Blake Sharette said, “What I love about performing is that acting is all about giving. I love portraying a character that the audience can relate to and empathise with in hopes they will learn something about themselves or their lives. That’s really why we tell stories, not only to entertain but to teach, empower, and change our audiences lives for the better.”

The story takes place during the time of the French Revolution when citizens battled for liberty, equality, and fraternity. The Scarlet Pimpernel is filled with action and adventure based on Baroness Orczy’s famous 20th century novel. Ever since the story emerged people began to fall in love with the characters like Percy Blakeney, Marguerite St. Just, and Chauvelin. The scene opens with Marguerite, a french woman singing and soldiers coming in announcing the theater is to be shut down. Chauvelin, the French Chief Agent of the Committee of Public Safety orders his soldiers to take Marguerites assistant Marie to the guillotined, but Percy steps in distracting Chauvelin telling him of an angry riot outside. This gives Percy, Marguerite, and Marie a chance to escape, along with Marie’s fiance Phillipe, and Marguerite’s brother Armand.

The second scene shows Marguerite getting married to Percy, an Englishman. Her past unravels on her wedding night, and her husband finds out she was a French spy. Marguerite is not aware Percy knows, but he begins to act distant and foreign around her. Many conflicts arise as the French kill more and more citizens everyday. Percy convinces his friends to stand up against the atrocities of the French Revolution in secret to rescue as many aristocrats as possible. Will Percy and his friends fight for what is right or will they stay in England surrounded by luxury?

Soldier 2, played by Guilherme Ramos said, “The next play will be from Shakespeare but modernized in a version of Hamlet. The Theater Department is working really hard on the creation of setting and I think that helps people interact more as an audience.”

The theater department will hold one more play this year called Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, April 13-16. Don’t forget to write those dates on a calendar and come support Snow College’s Theater Department.

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