Monday, July 14, 2014

Three Musketeers production features high school and college students


The Three Musketeers cast
The clang of swords in a staged fight, period costumes and sets, and a classic tale of heroism, treachery, close escapes and honor will be presented in The Three Musketeers, on stage July 24 – 26, 30, 31, in the Stagehouse Theatre at Grossmont College, 8800 Grossmont College Drive in El Cajon.

 Presented as part of the first-ever Theatre Arts Department summer conservatory, the production features local high school and college students in acting and technical roles.

“All students participating in the program take college credit courses specific to their responsibility in the production of the show,” said Beth Duggan, director and theatre arts instructor. “Technical theater students receive specialized instruction in scenic construction, costume fabrication and lighting design, while acting students receive coaching in stage combat and period movement.”

The 2014 summer conservatory is entirely self-funded, thanks to generous donations made to the Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges on behalf of the Theatre Arts Department throughout the 2013-14 academic year.

“Our community recognizes the need for high-quality performing arts productions in East County,” said Steve Baker, dean of Arts, Languages and Communication. “Their generous donations enabled us to offer this new and innovative program that supplements arts education in our region.”

This adaptation of The Three Musketeers presents Alexander Dumas’ classic tale of heroism, treachery and honor using modern language. Set in 1625, d’Artagnan and his brave sister Sabine set off to Paris to become like their heroes Athos, Porthos and Aramis. To maintain and defend the honor of the Queen of France, the Musketeers must outwit and defend against the wicked Cardinal Richelieu, the Countess de Winter and their deadly henchmen.

Show times are 7:30 p.m., July 24 – 26, and at 2 p.m., July 30 and 31. Tickets are $10 to $15. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.grossmont.edu/theatrebrochure or call 619-644-7234.