Athletes & Actors Star at… Caltech?

Feb 24, 2011

Go ahead, enjoy your celebration—then get back to your astrophysics!

It’s been a big week for our smart friends at Caltech. The school has never been what you might call an athletic powerhouse; after all, it takes too much time from discovering black holes to fit in six hours of practice a day. And yet… there was joy in Smartville on Tuesday, when the Beavers actually won a basketball game, beating Occidental by a mere one point to end one of the longest losing streaks in college sports. Here’s a great report on the victory by Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times; he points out that the fellow making the winning shot got a perfect score on his ACT.

Photo by Cindy De Mesa

Meanwhile, while some of the nation’s finest minds were practicing for the big hoops win, their more theatrically minded classmates were leaping around on a stage, having swordfights and generally carrying on in the name of Art. Last weekend was the first of two weekends of performances of the lively, funny Three Musketeers, produced by Caltech’s Theater Arts department—which has a staff of one, director Brian Brophy. Brophy doesn’t let the size of his department slow him down. He brings in talented friends—for this show, acclaimed stage-combat director Victor Warren, co-director Lee Arenberg (who starred in Pirates of the Caribbean, among other films) and composer and sound-effects whiz Jim Lang—to make sure the production values are as good as at the best liberal arts colleges. And he looks beyond the undergrads to cast faculty and staff, including’s very own web host, Zachary Abbott.

The result is a colorful, funny, entertaining play that’s well worth adding to your weekend roster. It’s great for kids, too.

The Three Musketeers
Friday & Saturday, February 25 & 26
Ramo Auditorium, Caltech
Tickets $5 – $18; click here to buy tickets or get more information



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