Three Muskateers opens Friday at Playhouse Merced

“The Three Musketeers,” based on the 19th century novel and trilogy by Alexandre Dumas and adapted for the stage by Mercedian Micah Chandler, begins its two-weekend run at the Playhouse Merced main stage at 7:30 tonight.

It’s a family show in which beloved literary characters come to life.

“The Three Musketeers” recounts the adventures of a young man named d’Artagnan after he leaves home to travel to Paris to join the Musketeers of the Guard, according to a Playhouse Merced press release.

D’Artagnan is not one of the musketeers; those are his friends Athos, Porthos and Aramis, inseparable friends who live by the motto “all for one, one for all.”

Playhouse Merced’s production of “The Three Musketeers” is directed by Chandler, and stars Ethan Hennes as d’Artagnan, Chris Battisti as Aramis, Kenny Pernett as Athos, Trevor Blondin as Porthos, Haley Paulissian as Constance and Melissa Beckwith as Milady.

The Playhouse Merced production of “The Three Musketeers” is not a verbatim copy of the book.

Chandler said he wasn’t interested in telling the story word for word, but rather, he sought to capture the essence and spirit of Dumas’ novel, according to the release.

“The Three Musketeers” plays through April 13. Tickets are on sale now for Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $22 general, $20 seniors, $12 students and $10 children. Purchase tickets by calling (209) 725-8587, or visiting the box office at 452 West Main St. in downtown Merced, Tuesday through Saturday from 1-5 p.m.

The show is rated “G.”

“The Three Musketeers” continues Playhouse Merced’s 20th season in its downtown theater location. Playhouse Merced is a community-based, nonprofit organization seeking to entertain, educate and enlighten audiences.