By Christabelle… @CBellesCloset (*Pure Editorial, Non-Paid Post*)
If you read my last post, you are well aware how much I enjoyed the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s production of *The Three Musketeers.
Lucky me – the fun didn’t end at curtain call. I got a chance to sneak behind the scenes and get some quality time backstage with three of the show’s top stars. All I can say is this…though they are all superior in their field of work, these three thespians are also amongst the most humble, intelligent, kind and generous people I have come across in quite some time.
What a tough job I have – it is complete torture to conduct these interviews… #lovethem
Eleanor Handley: I am not sure which of her characters is more wicked. My money goes on King Lear‘s Regan in the duel against Milady of The Three Musketeers. Regan eye gouges with zero remorse.
Chiara Motley: She takes the stage with regal elegance and grace as Queen Anne in The Three Musketeers and leads an aggressive and jealous life as Goneril in King Lear. The two might seem quite opposite in character, but share a strong bond in their adulterous shenanigans.
Michael Borrelli: With the most extreme polar opposite roles of the three, he flawlessly toggles between the hilariously flamboyant and self-centered King Louis in The Three Musketeers and the brooding and savagely brutal Duke of Cornwall in King Lear.
While I sneak into the wardrobe room and try on EVERYTHING Costume Designer Charlotte Palmer-Lane created …you can read on and get to know the off-stage characters they play best. Allow me to introduce you to Eleanor, Chiara and Michael.
How many shows/season have you been with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival?
EH: 6 shows over 3 Summer Seasons. Also, 4 Christmas Carols and 1 education tour.
CM: 2 shows and it’s my first season!
MB: I’ve done 11 seasons with HVSF - 22 shows in total.
What is your favorite line from The Three Musketeers?
EH: “Life is different than we ever expected, but most of all life is an adventure!”
CM: “Does anybody have an EpiPen®?” (MB made it up as the King).
MB: ”It’s not just a game you know it’s it’s it’s complicated…”
What is the funniest “non-scripted” moment from The Three Musketeers (while performing to a live audience)?
EH: I think the King’s cartwheel is hard to beat.
CM: When Mike (Borrelli) and I kiss and he sexually rungs my elbow skin. Gross but funny.
MB: When Ryan (Quinn) does the Thriller dance before he dies.
What words of advice you would offer your character over a cup of coffee?
EH: Have you thought about anger management classes?
CM: You are falling in love with GAY MEN!
MB: I would tell Louis he needs to pay less attention to himself and more attention to his lovers. And to get a haircut…
What was the most challenging aspect preparing for your role?
EH: Definitely the fighting. I think I’m in four major fights, and that’s not counting the strangling and throat slitting and head banging and poisoning…. it’s a lot.
CM: Not too much. But being the straight man is hard work believe it or not.
MB: Learning to walk in those shoes and then doing a cartwheel in them.
Where are you headed when HVSF ends? How can I stalk you??
EH: I’ll be playing the role of ‘Beth’ in Jericho at 59E59. It’s a wonderful play by Jack Canfora receiving it’s NYC off-Broadway premiere.
CM: I am going to South Carolina to do a production of Sherlock Holmes. My website is www.chiaramotley.com
MB: You can find all upcomiong projects on my website www.michaelborrelli.com
NOTE FROM CC: My favorite line in The Three Musketeers??
“Balls, balls…I LOVE BALLS!”
(Borrelli as King Louis XIII, joyously exclaiming at the concept of throwing a party for his birthday)
My 3M cast wish list:
EH: Please ship your entire wardrobe to my UWS office.
CM: Split shipping with EH & include all of your jewels.
MB: Kindly record that line for me…so I can use it, with great enjoyment, as my iPhone ring-tone
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s productions of The Three Musketeers, King Lear and All’s Well that Ends Well are playing in repertory at Boscobel Gardens in Garrison, NY through September 1, 2013. CLICK TO PURCHASE TICKETS.
Box Office: 845 – 265-9575
Don’t miss out on your HVSF experience – get your tickets now and enjoy all that the 2013 season has to offer.
*The Three Musketeers by Ken Ludwig (adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas)