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'Three Musketeers' bound into Cottage Grove

Logan Green (right) acts out being stabbed by Josh Pilla as the two rehearse for Locally Grown Theatre's production of "The Three Musketeers." (Bulletin photo by Judy Spooner)1 / 3
Howard Buttery (center), who plays King Louis, rehearses a scene in the Locally Grown Theatre production in which he tries to thwart the musketeers while the princess, played by Taylor Dietrich (next to Buttery) appears agitated. (Bulletin photo by Judy Spooner)2 / 3
Director Bill Larsen (foreground) reviews a upcoming scene with "Three Musketeers" actors. This is the viewpoint the audience will have when they see the Locally Grown Theatre show this weekend. (Bulletin photo by Judy Spooner)3 / 3

The sounds of swords clanking means that swashbuckling musketeers are close at hand.

The actors who are telling the story of "The Three Musketeers: They're More Than a Candy Bar" are rehearsing outdoors at Zion Lutheran Church in Cottage Grove for the Locally Grown Theatre's upcoming production to be performed outdoors this weekend.

The clinking swords mean treachery is afoot but all's well that ends well when good triumphs over evil.

The story was adapted from the book by Alexandre Dumas and the broadway play by Tracy Caponigri, artistic director and chair of the Locally Grown Theatre board.

Locally Grown, capitalizing on the success of "Robin Hood: The Avenger" last summer with more than 600 people attending, according to Caponigri, is offering up another theater adventure production that will appeal to children as well as adults.

Children, as they were last year, are very much a part of the current production.

Many of the young people in this summer's offering, such as Stephanie Caughey, appeared in "Robin Hood" last summer and "Arsenic and Old Lace," presented earlier this year.

"I love movies," Caughey said at rehearsal last week. "I like performing and meeting new people."

As a child, she liked putting on shows and acting out stories.

"When you act, you're in a whole new world," added Ethan Strom.

A tip for those headed to the production: Keep your eyes on -- and around -- the stage. Actors Jack Alexander and Zach Larsen are among cast members who come bounding out of the woods in the back of the church property and through the audience toward the stage.

What comes next is a surprise.

If you go

Locally Grown Theatre will perform "The Three Musketeers: They're Not Just a Candy Bar" this week.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 8-11, on the lawn of Zion Lutheran Church, 8500 Hillside Trail, Cottage Grove.

There is no cost to attend but donations to the Locally Grown Theatre are encouraged.

Judy Spooner
Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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