The world premiere play at Ohio Shakespeare Festival at Greystone Hall is company member Joe Pine’s stage adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ classic novel. The story, set in 17th century France, is full of intrigue and action, following the exploits of the elite Musketeer guard and their new friend, d’Artagnan.

Tess Burgler jumps into her role as d’Artagnan with great verve, conveying a brave and adventurous spirit. D’Artagnan travels to Paris, where he admires the Three Musketeers and joins in their work.

Under the direction of Nancy Cates, Ryan Zarecki (Porthos), Pine (Athos) and Jason Leupold (Aramis) make a great team as the Musketeers, generating excitement with their sword fighting and “All for one and one for all!” motto.

Fight director Zarecki is a wizard with stage combat, bringing all the main characters and cardinal’s guards and other enemies up to a level of excellence in their fighting that looks truly dangerous. Zarecki also makes interesting use of his cape as a weapon. In addition, he has trained several company members to flip each other to the ground, similar to a pro wrestling move.

Even more spectacular than the sword fighting is a scene of hand-to-hand combat among the Musketeers and d’Artagnan, centered around a wooden table. These four make all the acrobatics on and off the table look easy.

Burgler and Pine, in particular, are impressive with their surprising swinging and somersaulting off the set’s balcony.

Original music by Scott McKenna Campbell is a large element of this new work, which includes lovely singing. Derrick Winger, who starts out as the narrator and plays Planchet, lackey to d’Artagnan, has an incredible, huge singing voice. He’s also very funny as his character tries to get his hands on any food he can get.

Amanda Vigneault is beautiful and delightful as Queen Anne and Trey Gilpin produces plenty of laughs as King Louis, a simpering fool.

Jim Fippin makes a nasty villain as Cardinal Richelieu and Katie Zarecki cuts an evil character as one of his spies, Milady. In this stage production, it is clear that the cardinal, who is a great political manipulator, despises the queen. But it is not clear why.

Playwright Pine simplifies Dumas’ original story to focus mostly on one mission the Musketeers must complete. A key prop is a necklace with diamond studs that the king has given the queen.

One side story is dropped in but not resolved, pertaining to the tragic story of Athos’ wife. A surprising but quick revelation in this story line begs for a sequel to develop it further.

A main story line dealing with the queen’s need to preserve her honor, which sets the Musketeers on a dangerous mission, isn’t really children’s fare. But it’s handled lightly enough to go over the youngest audience members’ heads. Friday night’s opening performance of The Three Musketeers was met with well-deserved rousing applause and delighted outbursts by many audience members.

Arts writer Kerry Clawson may be reached at 330-996-3527 or kclawson@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow her at @KerryClawsonABJ or www.facebook.com/kclawsonabj.