The Three Musketeers has been a classic since it was written by Alexandre Dumas in 1844. It is a story that has everything anyone could want -- intrigue, adventure, sword fighting, politics and lots of action.
Theatre Macon Youth Actors Company Director Kelly Mann said she chose The Three Musketeers for this season because its just plain fun.
This is a show that guarantees lots of sword fighting, she said. I also chose this adaptation because there are more roles for girls and the girls participate in the fighting. It is a well-rounded script and I love empowering the girls.
Mann said she lucked out with a great cast.
This year, I had a ton of new faces (at auditions). We have a 21-person cast, and over half of the cast are newcomers to me, she said. I lucked out with a fantastic and hardworking cast who really showcase the theme. This show is entertaining, poignant and funny. It takes courage to be yourself; that is the theme of the show and the theme of our cast.
Jim Crisp, the theaters artistic director, was eager to share his enthusiasm.
I am a little bit involved in the selection of the show, but I kind of leave it up to Kelly. She has directed many shows for us and I was very excited to see her pick The Three Musketeers, Crisp said. Kelly is a certified stage combatant and an actor. She brings all of that with her to the stage -- and to the kids. It is something very physical and the kids just love it and eat it up! It is an extraordinary thing that we have access to someone who is a certified stage combatant and we are lucky.
The play follows the story that everyone knows, the adventures of DArtagnan, Porthos, Athos, Aramis and Cardinal Richelieu. Crisp said the excitement the kids have for the story is contagious.
The kids have just had a fabulous time. They are thrilled and excited about this show and I think that anyone who comes to see it will have a truly entertaining evening. Certainly, anyone who loves this story will have a wonderful experience, he said.
Crisp emphasized that just because the play stars kids, it doesnt get less of a fantastic treatment in staging and costumes.
Thanks to some terrific volunteers, including Russell Sorrow, we have a fantastic set. Shelley Kuhen, our costumer, had costumes in stock to fit the play and they are absolutely spectacular and just gorgeous. All the important production values are here and present. This show looks like a fully supported main stage production. Im very proud of it and Im thrilled to offer it to the community, he said.
The Three Musketeers
When: 8 p.m. March 7-8; 2:30 p.m. March 9
Where: Theatre Macon, 438 Cherry St.
Cost: $18 adults, $12 children and students through age 22
Information: Get tickets at the door an hour before show time or online at www.theatremacon.com