Oswego Harborfest announced today that the 2010 ChildrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Musical will be Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Three MusketeersÃ¢â‚¬Â. The musical production is taken directly from the French literary classic by Alexandre Dumas.
Area students ages 9 through 16 will have the opportunity to audition for a part in this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s musical. As part of HarborfestÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s entertainment programming and in conjunction with the 2010 Cultural Component, France, DirectorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Bobbie Palange and Rocky Farden will be staging the childrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s musical on the Family Stage at the Novelis Family Park at Fort Ontario during Harborfest 2010.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The musical follows the adventures of dÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Artagnan as he and the Musketeers fight for the honor of the Queen of France,Ã¢â‚¬Â explained Farden. The story is narrated by Dumas, himself. Other major roles are The Cardinal, Lady De Winter, The King and Queen and a number of swordsmen and maids.
The Harborfest ChildrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Committee is very interested in encouraging the communityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s young people to participate in Harborfest by auditioning for the musical. Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve made a concerted effort to provide the best in family entertainment year in year out at Harborfest,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Farden.
Farden added that the production requires between 30-35 children and features plenty of speaking parts. There is a need for singers, dancers and actors. Children ages 9 through 16 may audition either April 27 or 28 from 5 PM to 7 PM at the McCrobie Building located at 41 Lake Street in Oswego. Children will be asked to sing Ã¢â‚¬Å“AmericaÃ¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“Happy BirthdayÃ¢â‚¬Â as part of the audition as well as do some reading. Previous theatre experience is no required.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Three MusketeersÃ¢â‚¬Â which features an array of colorful costumes and scenery, is approximately 50 minutes in length and will be performed several times during Harborfest, including performanceÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s on the Family Stage in the Novelis Family Park at Fort Ontario Friday, July 23 and Saturday, July 24.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Everyone associated with Harborfest is thankful for the work put in by both Bobbie and Rocky to produce such productions during the festival,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Harborfest Executive Director Tom Van Schaack. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Last yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s production of Ã¢â‚¬Å“Tom SawyerÃ¢â‚¬Â was extremely well received and we anticipate this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s musical will be just as entertaining.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Harborfest 2010 is scheduled for July 22-25.