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The cast of South Arkansas Arts Center's production of "Ken Ludwig's The Three Musketeers,” scheduled to run March 6-8 and 12-15.

EL DORADO -- South Arkansas Arts Center has announced the cast for its spring production of "Ken Ludwig's The Three Musketeers,” scheduled to run March 6-8 and 12-15.

This new adaptation of the 17th century classic by Tony-winning playwright Ken Ludwig features a heavy dose of contemporary humor and slapstick, served up hilariously with a new, less than traditional "look."

The cast includes Dalton McQuistion as the reckless, romantic hero, D'Artagnan, Matthew Youssef as dark and brooding Athos, Steven Vick as light-hearted Porthos, and Kenneth Burns as Aramis, the swoonworthy youngest of the musketeers.

Clay Callaway will play the dastardly Cardinal Richelieu, with Rhett Davis as Richelieu's right-hand man, Rochefort, Jim Yates as the bumbling King Louis Xlll, and Joel Cheshier as Treville, the commander of the Musketeers.

The female roles will be played by Kaila Emery as D'Artagnan's fearless younger sister, Sabine, Hali Pinson as the conniving Mi'Lady, Lainey Walthall as the beautiful, naïve Constance Bonacieux, who knows secrets about the Queen, and Marsha Antoon as the unfaithful Queen Anne.

Gary Hall, co-director for the production said about the show, "We have a stellar cast with lots of seasoned SAAC veterans, some new faces to the SAAC stage, and some who haven't been on the stage in a while. It's a fantastic group dynamic. Because most the actors play multiple roles (up to five different roles in some cases) the show has more of an ensemble feel.

This stage adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' swashbuckling novel is rousing and fun, with elegant costumes and sets as well as lots of laughs and slapstick. D'Artagnan, his sister and three friends fight in the king's musketeers for the honor of the queen, who is trying to hide her affair with the Duke of Buckingham.

The evil Cardinal Richelieu and the scheming Mi'Lady de Winter try to foil their success at every turn. The adventure takes them to England and back as they fight for their king and queen. But this is also a show with a lot of heart as it tells a tale about adventure, romance, following your passion and doing the right thing, along with a lot of hilarious physical action.

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