HARROGATE, Tenn. — Lincoln Memorial University Paul V. Hamilton School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences will stage a production of the classic Alexander Dumas novel, The Three Musketeers, Nov. 5-7 and 12-15.
The production will be staged in the Sam and Sue Mars Performing Arts Center of the Duke Hall of Citizenship. The curtain will rise at 7 p.m. each Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening during the two week run. A special 8 p.m. showing is scheduled for Nov. 12.
Assistant Professor of Theater Mark McGinley has teamed with Director Joe Powell to produce the Ken Ludwig theatrical adaptation promising an evening of swordplay, romance and fun as well as a queen, some villains and the Three Musketeers. The story follows d’Artagnan (pronounced Dar-tan-yun) as he joins Sabine in the fight to defend the honor of the queen.
McGinley has beautifully choreographed swordplay throughout the production. “Training for this show has been quite intense for the entire cast,” he explained. “Everyone is in at least one sword fight, and they have all stepped up and taken on the work in an admirable way.”
The cast features a mix of LMU students, faculty and recent graduates. “Audiences are going to be very surprised by this production,” Powell said. “There are more action scenes on stage than I have ever seen. The characters of this classic story jump off the page and into nearly constant battles, danger and adventure.”
The action is tempered with upbeat comedy and witty dialog. “One of the things I like most about the Ludwig adaptation is his blend of humor with the heroic tale of d’Artagnan,” McGinley said. “There is some very funny stuff in this script, and our cast is really embracing the zaniness of the show. It will be a lot of fun for audiences to take in.”
Advance sale tickets are $5 and can be purchased at www.LMUnet.edu. Tickets will be $10 at the door. LMU students, faculty and staff are free of charge.