Review: The Three Musketeers – Le Panteau

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This is Alexander Dumas’s rip-roaring yarn of derring-do, palace intrigue and slushy amour as you’ve never seen it before.

The Live Arts Nelson youth production of The Three Musketeers – La Panteau (pantomine) is the hilarious story of D’Artagnan, a young boy who wants to see the world and fight baddies. It is chock full of dancing skeletons, praying nuns and singing pigs … oh, and a giant quiche-eating snail!

In true Panto style, the audience enjoyed boo-ing the evil Cardinal Richeleeugh (Josie Nott), his debauched sidekick Le Chevalier Du Lobster Roquefort (Mickayla Wright) and a clutch of other eminently hissable villains. Josie and Mickayla had great command of the stage and seemed to grow all the more evil with every boo.

The jeers soon turned to cheers for the swashbuckling but ever-hungry Porthos, womanising Aramis and perpetually tipsy Athos … the three musketeers. Stealing the show was our hero, the young pig farmer’s boy turned musketeer D’Artagnan played by Yasmina Coe. Belying her youth and diminutive size, Yasmina had a wonderful stage presence and an amazing voice.

Under the skillful direction of Dawn Marron, the cast of 4 to 14 year olds, predominantly females playing male roles, put together a fun night for all ages. One notable exception to the rule was Liam Brennan who played Dame Desire’e D’Artagnan – so named as her face looked like a red potato. Liam played a fantastically over-the-top drag character with heaving bosom, towering wig and theme music.

Don’t miss your chance to applaud the heroic Musketeers and hiss and boo at the villains in this hilarious and très drôle panteau!

Check out The Three Musketeers Saturday 2pm & 7pm, Sunday 2pm and Tuesday to Friday 7pm at the Theatre Royal. Tickets available at the door or online at http://www.theatreroyalnelson.co.nz/show/the-three-musketeers-le-panteau/

The Three Musketeers – Le Panteau was reviewed by Judene Edgar at the Theatre Royal on Friday, October 2.