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Theatre Season Opens Oct. 21 with Swashbuckling ‘The Three Musketeers’

Posted on October 6, 2011 in: Arts, Events, Service, Students

SPOKANE, WA – Gonzaga University theatre opens its 2011-2012 season with the play “The Three Musketeers,” which opens at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21, in the Magnuson Theatre, located at the east end of College Hall, main floor. Reservations are recommended as tickets are selling quickly.

The play, directed by Rev. Kevin Connell, S.J., principal at Gonzaga Prep, will be performed again at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22, and Oct. 28-29. Two matinees will be performed at 2 p.m. on Oct. 22 and Oct. 30. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students.

Rev. Connell is enthusiastic about working on a show that offers such broad appeal to a range of audiences.

“‘The Three Musketeers’ is one of the most popular adventure stories ever written,” Rev. Connell said. “This adaptation (by Ken Ludwig) has been specially chosen for its appeal to audiences of all ages from grade school to grad school to grandparent.”

Connell says there is a lot of work going into this fall’s show.

‘Musketeers’ is one of the most ambitious productions staged by Gonzaga’s theatre arts program in recent years featuring 20 actors playing over 40 roles, 50 hand-sewn costumes, authentic 17th-century style weapons, elaborate court dances, and more than a dozen brawls, battles, and duels,” he said.

Adam Critchlow, a Hollywood fight director, helped prepare the actors for the play’s fight scenes to “advance the stories of their characters and to make each one a different experience for the audience,” Connell said. Critchlow’s previous experiences in Hollywood include “Thor,” “Transformers 3,” and the new Hollywood version of “The Three Musketeers,’” which opens later this month.

Tickets are available online or at the theatre box office at (509) 313-6533. (Cash or credit/debit card only, all sales are final.)

For more information, please contact Summer Berry, marketing coordinator of the theatre and dance program, at (509) 313-3606 or via e-mail.

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