School of the Arts

‘The Three Musketeers’ an Immersive New Take on a Classic

Chico State’s School of the Arts invites you and your family to experience the wonders of a modern twist on a beloved classic.  

“The Three Musketeers,” based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas, will be recaptured in a collaborative theatre production containing dance, combat, and a touch of various themes. 

“This production is filled with modern touches, diverse casting, immersive staging, and surprises,” said John Crosthwaite, director and faculty in the Music and Theatre Department. “If you've never seen live stage combat and sword choreography... then you've been missing out—and this would be the perfect opportunity.”  

The estimated 2-hour and 30-minute play, with a 15-minute intermission, is set to take you on a road with three swordsmen who fight for justice. With the audience’s seats only a few feet from the production, immersion into the experience will be hard to miss.  

In front of you, 15 talented Chico State students will be taking you on an exciting journey of adventure about the complicated story of expectations regarding what is right and wrong in the face of corruption and greed. 

“There is something remarkably fun and human in our production,” Crosthwaite said. 

One key point in the making of this production is its devised process in which the entire creative team developed the production. Crosthwaite said this collaborative approach of the cast helping create a fresh script allows creativity to flourish from multiple sources. Many of the actors have dived into their imagination by taking on roles they are not familiar with. Some have written new material, improvised and rehearsed moments, and some have contributed choreography. 

Everyone has collaborated in ensuring that “The Three Musketeers” production finds a new, original light on stage, Crosthwaite said. 

The production is family-friendly, though it does contain some choreographed violence. 

“The Three Musketeers” will be 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 9–11, followed by performances at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 12. The final show will be a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee on Nov. 13. All performances will take place inside Wismer Theatre in the Performing Arts Center building on the Chico State campus. 

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $8 for youth and Chico State students and are available online and in person at the University Box Office, 530-898-6333. 

For those who need special seating accommodation, please call 530-898-6333. 

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Story by Alexis Hurley, College of Humanities and Fine Arts/School of the Arts Publicity