One of the first masked men that hid in plain site has snuck his way on stage once again at the SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre.
“For me it is a character and it is a role that I’ve wanted to do before,” said Michael Dubois, who plays Percy Blakeney/the Scarlet Pimpernel half of the nights. Stephen Gashler plays the hero on the other nights.
“The reason I love this character is he is very complex,” Dubois said. “As far as I’m concerned, Percy is the original superhero of the theater.”
Director Jerry Elison chose to direct “The Scarlet Pimpernel” because he had only directed it once before and wanted to see what he could do new with it. Elison said that the set is “beautifully designed” as are the music and choreography. All of these factor into a show that Elison believes will leave everyone “thoroughly entertained.”
“We did it … for the volunteer workers that work in the SCERA that aren’t paid,” Elison said. “We did it for those employees and we had an electrical problem so we didn’t get to start until 9 p.m. and they all stayed. Evidently they liked it because they stayed for the whole show.”
“The Scarlet Pimpernel” started on Aug. 2nd and will be showing on Aug. 9, 10, 12, 15, 16 and 17 at the SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre. Tickets cost $10-14 for adults and $8-12 for children. Learn more about the play at scera.org.