The Cuesta College Drama Department presents the dazzling swordplay of d’Artagnan and The Three Musketeers in a family-friendly performance with video projections, live music, singing, dancing and lavish costumes.

“The Three Musketeers” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. April 27, 28, 29, May 4, and 5 and 2 p.m. May 6 in the Cuesta College Cultural and Performing Arts Center on the San Luis Obispo campus on Highway 1.

Based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas, this rollicking tale set in 1625 in Paris follows heroes d’Artagnan, Athos, Porthos and Aramis in their quest to defend the honor of the Queen of France.

Director bree valle has joined forces with acclaimed fight choreographer David Barker (director of Arizona State University’s graduate performance program) for flights of vicious swordplay, flashing daggers, and bawdy fisticuffs.

“David brings a palpable sense of adventure to the stage – the sword fighting is fast-paced and cinematic,” says Chris Kamas, student fight captain. “Mr. Barker is a modern-day Errol Flynn. Fans of action films are going to love this show.”

Tracy Ward, PCPA Theaterfest costume designer, acquired costumes from the original production adapted by Linda Alper, Douglas Langworthy and Penny Metropulos at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

General admission is $15; students with ID, $10; and children 12 and younger, $5. Call 546-3198 or order tickets online at Parking is free.

Released April 20, 2012