Thomas More student injured by prop dagger during play

The drama was heightened at a student play in Merrimack on May 3 when an actor fell on a prop dagger during his death scene, suffering a minor injury.

The accident occurred during the opening night of “Arken Tale: A Sad Mirth in Four Acts,” a play written and directed by students of Thomas More College of Liberal Arts.

The actor suffered a puncture wound in his thigh when his character was killed at the end of the play’s first act, according to Thomas More College President Dr. William Fahey.

Paramedics were called to the school’s campus at 6 Manchester St., but the student declined medical attention. Fahey wrote that he believes the student later received stitches at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua.

“I am pleased no one was seriously hurt,” he wrote.

Located on a 14-acre campus in Merrimack, Thomas More College is a four-year liberal arts school founded in 1978 by Catholic laymen. It has an enrollment of about 100 students.

The student play was set to be performed Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. inside the ballroom at the college library, according to information available on Facebook.

When the accident occurred, two police officers, an ambulance and a piece of fire department apparatus were dispatched the school, arriving shortly after 9 p.m., according to an entry in the police log.

Merrimack police Sgt. Brian Levesque said officers recorded few details about the incident because the student didn’t require treatment.

“We have it down as the person slipped and fell on a mail opener,” he said.

Fahey wrote that after determining the student actor was fine, the other players in the drama continued with the second act. The injured student returned to the stage Sunday night, and both performances drew a full house, he wrote.

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