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August 5 – September 4, 2016

Sanborn County Park, Saratoga

Thursdays – Sundays at 7 pm

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“All for one, and one for all!”D’Artagnan and his sister Sabine join The Three Musketeers to defend the Crown against the evil Cardinal Richelieu and formidable Countess de Winter. Adventure, treachery, romance, and swords dominate this hilarious new adaptation, based on Alexandre Dumas’ timeless swashbuckler!


The Three Musketeers

WRITTEN BY KEN LUDWIG
DIRECTED BY DOUG BROOK

Rating: PG – This play is swashbuckling and funny, and includes extensive swordplay, some sexual innuendo, and adult language which some parents might find questionable. There is no online version of the script, but you can  get a copy here.

D’Artagnan, leaving home with dreams of becoming a Musketeer, is saddled with delivering his sister Sabine to a convent school in Paris. On the road, Sabine reveals her adventurous nature, posing as her brother’s manservant Planchet.

After a failed encounter with Rochefort, chief henchman to the notorious Cardinal Richelieu, D’Artagnan is told he must begin in the King’s guard. He unwittingly challenges each of the Three Musketeers (Athos, Porthos, and Aramis) to duels, but all four join together against Richelieu to defend the honor and rule of the crown.

Hilarity, deception, and romance ensue, as the fight for France’s future unfolds…

CAST

Myles Rowland … D’Artagnan

Marc Gonzalez… Aramis

Tom Shamrell… Athos

Andrew Simchik… Porthos

Ella Tarczy… Sabine

Nick Mandracchia… Cardinal Richelieu

April Culver… Constance / Adele / Sister at School

Caitlin Lawrence Papp… Milady

James Lucas… Rochefort

Joel A. S. Butler… King Louis XIII / D’Artagnan’s father /Basille / Fouquet / Fache

Spencer Stevenson… Treville/Duke of Buckingham/ Ravanche/Ruffian/Innkeeper/DeBris

Sarah Thermond… Everywoman II

Anna Benedict… Acting Intern – Understudy for Constance 

Sarah Sinizer-Hopkins… Understudy for Sabine, Milady, Everywoman II

CREATIVE TEAM

Doug Brook… Director

Larry Barrott… Fight Choreographer

Tonya Duncan… Stage Manager

John Bernard… Lighting Designer

Ron Gasparinetti… Scenic Designer

Mae Heagerty-Matos… Costume Designer

Christina Sturken… Properties Designer

Adam Weinstein… Sound Designer

Melissa Weinstein… Hair and Makeup Designer

Mara McLean… Assistant Stage Manager

Doll Piccotto… Dramaturg

 Louis Stone-Collonge… Scenic Construction/Technical Internship Advisor

Jarku Tang Virtanen… Master Electrician 

Adrianna Scalzo… Light Board Operator

About The Three Musketeers

How long is the performance?

The show runs approximately two hours and twenty minutes, including intermission.

What time are the performances?

All performances of Shakespeare in Sanborn Park begin at 7pm.

How long do the plays run?

Sanborn Park has a curfew requiring all participants (audience, performers, and staff) to leave the park by 10 pm. Therefore, all performances end at or before 9:30 pm.

How much are tickets?

Tickets for Shakespeare in Sanborn Park are $22, with discounts available for students, seniors, and SVS members. Kids 17 years of age attend for FREE, with a paid adult admission. Although children attend for free, they are still required to reserve a ticket so that we can guarantee their seat availability. Prices include online ticketing fees. No hidden fees!

Where can I buy tickets?

Tickets for all productions are available  here. Due to the limited capacity of the space, we recommend purchasing tickets in advance. All ticket holders need to check in with at the Box Office upon arrival. Online Ticket holders will be asked to present their online confirmations to receive physical tickets. People purchasing tickets at the park can pay with cash, Visa, Mastercard, or a check made out to Silicon Valley Shakespeare.

What is the parking situation?

Parking at Sanborn Park is $6 per vehicle. There is very little light in the parking lots after performances, so you might consider bringing a small flashlight.

Is the seating reserved?

Seating in Sanborn Park is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The house opens for seating at approximately 6:30pm, though  SVS members get earlier access. At that time, you can claim your seats with a blanket and then continue to enjoy a picnic in the park.All seating consists of gray folding chairs with padded seats and backs.

Will there be food available at the show?

We have a well-stocked concessions stand where you can purchase wine, water, snacks, cookies, candy, and both cold and hot beverages, perfect for complementing a picnic you bring for before the performance.

Can I drop my child off at the park and pick him or her up after the play?

Children must be supervised at all times. SVS asks that at least one adult be present for every six children in attendance. If you choose to drop a teenager off, note that Sanborn Park closes for entry at sunset and you cannot drive into the park later to retrieve your child. Cellular phone service in the park is very limited, so your child will not be able to reach you if they wish to leave early. Silicon Valley Shakespeare is not responsible for any child left unattended.

Is Shakespeare in the Park a dress-up affair?

Not at all! The performance is outdoors in a park where the terrain is primarily dirt and gravel. We recommend wearing shoes that let you walk safely to and from the theatre (high heels are not a good choice). The weather can change quickly, so we recommend that you bring something warm to put on later in the evening. If you bring/wear a hat we request that it be one that won’t obstruct someone else’s view.

What about dogs?

Well-socialized dogs on a leash are welcome, but we ask owners to choose seats on the left side of the audience, closest to the creek. This lets people with allergies or fear of dogs to keep a suitable distance. Exceptions can be made for qualified service dogs.

Are the plays appropriate for children?

We pride ourselves on providing entertainment for the entire family. Due to graphic content inherent in many of Shakespeare’s works, we recommend parents familiarize themselves with the plays and determine if they are appropriate for your particular child. To assist parents we have provided a rating system (see the Family Rating Page).

Can we bring a picnic?

Of course! There are several areas in the park to enjoy a picnic. If you come early to picnic, we recommend you have someone line up 30-45 minutes before the performance to reserve seats, then return to finish your picnic. Peterson Grove, though conveniently located, is not available to our patrons. Sanborn Park has provided several picnic tables just down the hill from the theatre entrance, marked as The Shady Grove, for your convenience.

What are those cool thrones in the back of the theatre? How can I sit there?

Royal Seating is an exclusive SVS experience! Extra-comfortable seats, a private seating area, a designated usher pre-show and at intermission – this is the lap of luxury for your evening’s entertainment.Available primarily to members of our Royal Court, though some are available for purchase at some performances. You can become a member of our Royal Court, or ask about upgrading at the Box Office if you see those seats are empty.

Will SVS pass the hat at Sanborn Park?

SVS does not pass the hat at ticketed performances. However, if you wish to make a donation to continue to support Shakespeare in the Park, and to help us keep it free for kids, there will be a donation basket in the concession area. Checks can be made out to Silicon Valley Shakespeare.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Family Rating System”][vc_column_text]

The Three Musketeers — Rated PG for Parental Guidance

Rating: This play is swashbuckling and funny, and includes extensive swordplay, some sexual innuendo, and adult language which some parents might find questionable. There is no online version of the script, but you can  get a copy here.

About the Family Rating System

Silicon Valley Shakespeare makes theatrical classics enjoyable and accessible to as wide an audience as possible. Families love to attend our plays, and we’re proud to have introduced thousands of young people to the Bard. To assist parents and guardians in assessing which of our plays might be right for their children, we offer a Parental Advisory that features a general rating followed by a more nuanced recommendation and description of the content. Our assessment can’t fit every family, so we offer a link to the actual text of our plays whenever possible so that parents can make their own decision. Our ratings are:

E for Everyone — Suitable for all audiences.

PG for Parental Guidance — Appropriate for most audiences under 13, but we recommend that parents inform themselves as to the content of the play and its themes, and exercise their best judgment for their individual child.

T for Teen — Might be inappropriate for audiences under 13. Parents of younger children are welcome to attend with their children, but we recommend that they prepare for any questions their children may have about some of the more sophisticated and mature content and themes of the play and its particular presentation.

M for Mature — Not recommended for audiences under 17.

About very young children: Infants and toddlers are always welcome at all outdoor plays. We’re thrilled to offer newer parents an opportunity to enjoy live theatre! We ask that at least one parent or guardian of these tiny theatergoers be prepared to take a break with them out of earshot of the theatre space if they become upset or very vocal