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‘Chock full of swordfights’

Left to right, Timothy Carter, Chad Hoeppner, David Foubert and Cedric Hayman star in ‘The Three Musketeers,’ presented by The Acting Company, March 11 at the Admiral Theatre.  - Photo by Richard Termine for The Acting Company
Left to right, Timothy Carter, Chad Hoeppner, David Foubert and Cedric Hayman star in ‘The Three Musketeers,’ presented by The Acting Company, March 11 at the Admiral Theatre.
— image credit: Photo by Richard Termine for The Acting Company

Nothing says “swashbuckling” like Alexander Dumas’ classic tale, “The Three Musketeers.”

The story has been reproduced countless times on stage and screen, most notably the 1921 black and white film starring Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. as the young d’Artagnan (although he was 38 at the time), and the 1974 film version starring a much younger Michael York in that role.

A live stage version of “The Three Musketeers” comes to the Admiral Theatre March 11, presented by the award-winning theatrical group, The Acting Company, out of New York.

The Acting Company, founded in 1972, is a touring repertory theater that brings classic and contemporary plays to burgs that may not have the opportunity to experience theater of this quality.

The group performs in more than 50 cities annually and reaches approximately 25,000 students with its arts education programs.

It’s also a training ground for young actors. Alumni include Kevin Kline, Jesse L. Martin and David Ogden Stiers.

The troupe stages “The Three Musketeers” in classic fashion, with the brave but naive d’Artagnan transforming from country bumpkin to daring hero as he and the trio, Athos, Porthos and Aramis, rescue the kidnapped Constance and preserve the honor of the Queen.

Expect large feathered hats, tall leather boots, damsels in distress and swordfighting; lots of swordfighting.

“Aside from tracing the brave deeds of its heroes, the story also chronicles the conflict between historic periods — the waning era of chivalry embodied in the Musketeers’ courtly code of ethics, and the rise of the modern nation state embodied in the shrewd politics of Cardinal Richelieu. This clash of history is played out on an international stage chock full of swordfights, romance and heartbreak.”

There’s the educational component, courtesy of The Acting Company Web site.

Bremerton of course is just a ferry ride away from “the big city” and its theatrical offerings, but still, it’s nice to have the theater come to you, and far less expensive in the long run.

“The Three Musketeers” will be staged at 8 p.m. March 11 at the Admiral Theatre, 515 Pacific Ave., Bremerton.

An optional dinner precedes the show at 6:30 p.m., reservations required.

Tickets are $55 main floor dinner show, $24 main floor show only and loge, and $17 balcony, available at the box office 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by phone at (360) 373-6743.

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