In the fourth installment of Queen of the Day, we sit down with our insanely helpful assistant stage manager, Bertha C., for the summer blockbuster, Beyond Musketeers: Utopia Lost!
April: How did you first hear about Brelby Theatre Company?
Bertha: The first time I heard of Brelby was around 2012. Drew Swaine mentioned it during a rehearsal at GCU and I wanted to check it out. However, I did not find my way into the studio until Through the Mist, I have seen almost every show since. I have now taken the Production Intensive twice, acted in The Princess and the Pirate and I have been assistant stage manager for two shows this summer. Brelby is a wonderful place and I will keep coming for as long as they allow me to.
April: What has been your favorite part of the rehearsal process for Beyond Musketeers?
Bertha: My favorite part of the whole process was watching Brian direct and choreograph all the fights. All the fights in this show are amazing! I have never seen a play with so much stage combat and I am amazed with the energy the actors bring to the show every day. I get exhausted just from watching them, it’s wonderful.
April: What is your background in theatre?
Bertha: I have been fascinated with acting/theatre since I was in Middle School but I did not get involved until I got to high school. Since then my passion for theatre has grown and now I am going to be a drama teacher this upcoming fall.
April: What do you enjoy the most about the classic tale of “The Three Musketeers?”
Bertha: I love the friendships and the fight for what is right. I think that that those are two things that everyone should strive and fight for in their life. There is a lot of unfairness going on in our world and it would be nice to have 3 or 4 Musketeers in our lives to fix that but I think sometimes we just need to step up ourselves. I think that is portrayed perfectly well in this version in particular.
April: What has been the best part about being assistant stage manager for Beyond Musketeers?
Bertha: The best part of the whole experience has been able to work with Megan and Sarah. They are amazing people to work with and I have learned a lot from both of them. I enjoyed watching the show start from pieces to a full blown summer epic. I don’t think I have ever enjoyed being backstage as much as I have in this show. I am truly going to miss this show when it’s over.
April: What has been some difficult aspects of stage managing for this production?
Bertha: I found the blocking to be the most challenging. Keeping track of your own blocking is one thing but keeping track of 5 people can get a little overwhelming! I do not know how Megan can keep track of so many people on stage plus their fights. Megan is amazing!
April: Which combat scene do you enjoy watching the most?
Bertha: I have two favorite fights, I simply can’t choose just one. The first is Aramis vs. Andre. I think the lack of weapons is what makes it so fascinating plus I enjoy watching Anabel kick butt. The second is when Dart kills Rochefort. The lighting, staging and music combined create such an epic moment. I enjoy watching it every night.
April: What message do you hope audiences will take away from this production?
Bertha: Justice is worth fighting for. I think sometimes it’s easier to ignore what is going on in our world but if we keep doing that things will always get worse. It’s important to step up and speak out for what we believe in no matter what. Plus, Brelby is a wonderful place and everyone should come and watch this show and every show they do.
April: Which character do you relate to the most in Beyond Musketeers?
Bertha: Personality wise, I would say Aramis. I’m just not as brave. I do think of myself as level headed, calm and I always will strive to keep the peace in any situation just like Aramis would.
April: Do you identify with the heretics, red tails, royalty, or the musketeers?
Bertha: Hmmm…. This is a hard one. I would love to say the musketeers but if I’m being honest I would probably be more of a red tail or royalty. I tend to follow all rules so I would probably work for the royalty as long as they are not doing anything crazy like the Minister was in this play.
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Come watch this summer’s blockbuster epic, Beyond Musketeers: Utopia Lost! for the next two weekends only. The remaining performances are:
Friday, July 24th @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 25th @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 26th @ 2:00 PM
Thursday, July 30th @ 7:30 PM
Friday, July 31st @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, August 1st @ 7:30 PM
You can purchase tickets for any of the above performances at https://www.artful.ly/brelby-theatre-company/store/events/5518 or in person at the box office.