Baylor's Cyrano Has Nose for Wit, War and Love

Nov. 21, 2008

Contact: Sherry Ward, audience development, Baylor University Theatre, (254) 710-1875

The Baylor Theatre will present Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac Dec. 2-7 in the Jones Theatre of the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Building. The show, directed by MFA candidate Traci Ledford, is the classic tale of Cyrano, who uses superior swordplay and sharp wit to compensate for his astonishingly large nose.

Rostand believed theatre had the power to resurrect the beautiful, the sacrificial, the patriotic and the ideal. To do this, Rostand brought to life the historical figure of Cyrano de Bergerac, a 17th century soldier, duelist and satirist.

Cyrano de Bergerac tells the story of a swordsman and poet named Cyrano and his quest to win the heart of the lovely Roxane whose affection for Cyrano is limited to a friendship. However, one of Cyrano's men, the handsome but dim-witted Christian de Neuvillette, has caught Roxane's eye. Christian enlists Cyrano to write love letters to her, and Roxane quickly falls in love with the author of the letters.

Director Traci Ledford finds the dichotomy of Cyrano to be fascinating.

"Cyrano is the ideal Romantic hero, with one exception: he is ugly," Ledford said. "With a nose that makes people stop and stare, Cyrano has learned to deflect the routine abuse he endures by sharpening his defenses: his sword, his wit and his pen. Though he loves his beautiful cousin Roxane, Cyrano lacks the confidence to reveal his true feelings."

Cyrano de Bergerac is a classic tale mixing romance, comedy and tragedy. An epic tale filled with sweepingly romantic moments, the play is certain to take audiences beyond the routine of everyday life.

Cyrano de Bergerac runs in Baylor's Jones Theatre at 7:30 p.m. from Dec. 2-6 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7. For tickets or more information, call (254) 710-1865. Visit the Baylor Theatre website at www.baylor.edu/theatre for tickets, and for exclusive behind-the-scenes footage.

Cast:

Cyrano de Bergerac, Joey Melcher

Roxane, Amanda Capshaw

Christian de Neuvillette, Callen McLaughlin

Comte de Guiche, Joe Shovak

Le Bret, Daniel Hubbard

The Duenna, Shaun Patterson

Ragueneau, Patrick Matzig

Lise, Marylee Carney

Carbon de Castel-Jaloux/Montfleury, Clayton Ellis

Ligniere/Cadet, Andrew Saenz

Vicomte de Valvert/Cadet/Friar, Adam Garst

The Musketeer/Cadet, Michael Herbert

Marquis de Cuigy/Cadet, Clay Van Winkle

Marquis de Brissaille/Cadet, Matt Tolbert

Jodelet/Poet/Cadet, Brandon Wooley

A Marquis/Cadet, John Ruegsegger

Guard/Cadet, Ethan Tornow

Page/Cook/Cadet, Andrew Dilday

Playgoer/Poet/Cadet, Jeff Wittekiend

A Lady/Mother Marguerite, Victoria Eisele

Actress/Sister Claire, Marley Singletary

Playgoer/Cook/Sister Martha, Megan Moore

Foodseller/Poet/Nun, Anna Grimm

Musician/Poet, Kelsey Ervi

Musician/Cook, Lindsay Hallin

A Lady/Nun, Bethany Salminen

Playgoer/Cook/Nun, Rebecca Johnson

Actress/Poet, Dallas Olsen

Production Staff:

Director, Traci Ledford

Scenic Designer, Bill Sherry

Costume Designer, Sally Lynn Askins

Asst. Costume Designer, Kristin Womble

Asst. Costume Designer, Zach Krohn

Lighting Designer, Kirstin Hodges

Asst. Lighting Designer, Rebecca Johnson

Technical Director, Michael Schmalz

Stage Manager, Shelly Rodriguez

Asst. Stage Manager, Sarah Chanis

Asst. Stage Manager, Michelle James

Sound Designer, Adam Redmer

Fight Choreography, Thomas Ward

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