The Three Musketeers: An Adventure, with Music at the Shakespeare Gate
Jussac (Christine Saenz) takes on the Musketeers with the help of the Cardinal’s other guards, (left to right) Jamey Festhold, Katherine E. Norman and Alayna Perry. Photo by Heidi Hodges.
Details and depth
One of the main distinctions of live theatrical performances is that there are no cameras guiding your point of view: you can choose where you look on stage. And everywhere you look The Three Musketeers: a musical adventureyou’ll find adventure, playfulness, and characters fully engaged and ready to delight.
Door Shakespeare’s garden scene, shrouded in dreamy lighting and overlooked by a larger-than-life tree, provides the perfect backdrop for stepping back in time through Alexandre Dumas’ classic tale. This rendition, adapted by Joe Pine in 2016, is enhanced by original music by Scott McKenna Campbell, who plays the silly guitarist Planchet.
Driven by its narrative, the play follows d’Artagnan (played by Alex Galick), a young Frenchman who seeks to join the renowned musketeers of King Louis (Charles Fraser). After meeting three musketeers – Athos (Christopher Elst), Porthos (Dan Klarer) and Aramis (Alexander Johnson) – under unfortunate circumstances, the four form a bond forged during a fight with Cardinal Richelieu’s (Carrie Hitchcock) guards. .
While the three d’Artagnan guides are on their way to becoming musketeers, they are sent on a mission for the queen (Na’Tosha De’Von). Despite the play’s overall charming adventure, it takes d’Artagnan through real growth and re-explores familiar characters in a refreshing way.
An unfortunate aspect of live theater occurs when actors on stage who are not in the main action stand to the side, looking at nothing for a few minutes while waiting for their line. This does not happen in The three Musketeers.
Whether the Queen’s aide, Constance (Christine Saenz), waits outside her bedroom, or the Duke of Buckingham (Jamey Feshold) waits inside, the actors are in character and actively playing every time. they are on stage. Each subtle whisper or cross gives the humorous piece a touch of detail-oriented sophistication.
This attention to detail is also very present during the well-choreographed fight sequences that I was able to watch five times and still see something new. Under the direction of Christopher Elst – a certified Society of American Fight Directors teacher – every sword, chair and beer mug is a weapon of destruction that has more than once drawn the audience’s breath away.
As the stage lights rose in the sunlight, the flickering candles in the lanterns and the slight changes in direction and color stylized the performance as well as the costumes. With some actors in multiple roles, the outfits play an integral and well-made role in helping the audience make the distinctions.
The Three Musketeers: a musical adventure is a delightful retelling of a classic story and an enchanting way to spend a night in Door County, discovering the dashing characters and daring plot lines that lurk beneath the tree branches of Door Shakespeare.
The show runs until August 27 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 5 p.m. Buy your tickets at doorshakespeare.com.