11 Nov Cyrano de Bergerac
Cyrano de Bergerac is a play written in 1897 by Edmond Rostand and adapted by August Scarpelli. Show dates February 3-18, 2023. Tickets are $25.00 and can be reserved using our online ticketing software, by calling our box office, or at the door.
Type: Main stage production
Genre: Heroic comedy/romantic tragedy
Cyrano de Bergerac is a play written in 1897 by Edmond Rostand. There was a real Cyrano de Bergerac, and the play is a fictionalisation following the broad outlines of his life.
The entire play is written in verse, in rhyming couplets of twelve syllables per line. The plot sees Hercule Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac, a cadet (nobleman serving as a soldier) in the French Army, as a brash, strong-willed man of many talents. In addition to being a remarkable duelist, he is a gifted, joyful poet and is also a musical artist. However, he has an obnoxiously large nose, which causes him to doubt himself. This doubt prevents him from expressing his love for his distant cousin, the beautiful and intellectual Roxane, as he believes that his ugliness would prevent him the “dream of being loved by even an ugly woman.”
Zach Manthey is proud to make his return to the WRP stage as the handsome but coy gascon. Patrons of WRP might recognize Zach as the ditsy lover Valère in Tartuffe, the bratty son Simon in Hay Fever, and the skeptical dinner guest Dr. Bradman in Blithe Spirit. Other notable performances from Zach include Laertes in Hamlet, Father O’Hara in Blur, and Bobby in Dan Wingenfeld’s hit film My Summer in Ohio. Outside of acting Zach is also a published playwright and comedian. ‘Nuff said.
Victoria Kirgesner-Hunsicker is excited to be joining the production team for Cyrano De Bergerac. Most recently, she worked as assistant director in WRP’s 2022 production of Wit. No stranger to the theater, she has been seen on stage in the WRP productions of The Weir (Valerie), Wit (Student/Resident 2), Blithe Spirit (Elvira), Happy Hollandaise (Claire), and Emma (Mrs. Weston), as well as several others around Northeast Ohio. She has also worked behind the scenes as the stage manager for Puffs at Broadview Heights Spotlights, and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change at WRP.
Karl Philip DeFormes has appeared in numerous Regional Theatre productions including plays, music theater, and operatic. This is his first time performing at WRP and is honored to participate.
Tiffany Bird (Stage Manager) is pleased to return once again to WRP. Tiffany has previously managed productions of The Neverending Story, Forbidden Broadway, The Underpants, It’s a Wonderful Life, and The Bridges of Madison County. Tiffany has made stage-managing her second life over the last several years and she appreciates the opportunities WRP has provided. She is an avid theater-goer and enjoys watching her children perform in local theaters, including WRP! Tiffany is married and has four children and one granddaughter. Tiffany hopes you enjoy this very talented cast!
Jim Fippin (de Guiche) has been appeared on stage at Ohio Shakespeare Festival, Weathervane, Coach House, Porthouse, Magical Theatre Company and The Players Guild. His resume includes roles in The Importance of Being Earnest, Miss Holmes, Saint Joan, And Then There Were None, Hamlet, 1776, Shakespeare in Love, Treasure Island, The Three Musketeers, The Wild Goose, Kimberly Akimbo, The Mousetrap, Four Dogs and a Bone, Bus Stop, Uncle Vanya, August: Osage County, The Rainmaker, Custer, The Real Thing, The Odd Couple, The Lion in Winter, Jesus Christ Superstar, Noises Off, Twelfth Night, Another Antigone, Romeo and Juliet and King Lear. At Western Reserve, Jim has appeared in The Weir, Blithe Spirit, Tartuffe, and The Weir. He holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Otterbein, where he met his wife, Elaine, and where their daughter Emelie graduated (Magna Cum Laude) with the class of 2020.
Robert Haag is pleased to be back at the barn working with August. Previous credits include: 12 Angry Jurors (Juror #8) at the Willoughby Summer Theater Festival, Fool for Love (The Old Man) at Lake Erie College, The Underpants (Klinglehoff) at Western Reserve Playhouse, The Hollow (Inspector Colquhoun) at Gates-Mills Players, A Delicate Balance (Harry) at the Access Theater Project, Our Town (Doc Gibbs) with the Willoughby Summer Theater Festival, and Swan Song (Vasili) at Western Reserve Playhouse.
August Scarpelli (Director) is happy to be back home, guiding a group of actors towards glory ( or something like that) at the barn. You’ve likely seen him around. Maybe on stage in Lost in Yonkers, or WIT. Maybe as the director of Tartuffe, Blithe Spirit, or The Underpants. Maybe even doing his best to lead some educational programming for the youths that need it. But who are we kidding, you’ve most likely seen him tending bar in the back, making awful jokes and a fool out of himself attempting a curtain speech. Well, however you’ve seen him, know, if it’s been at the barn, it’s been at home.
Amy Balsinger is excited to be part of Cyrano De Bergerac for her first performance at WRP. An amateur actress with no formal training, she has appeared in several AEA and community theatre productions. In the outside world, Amy works as a web developer and avidly runs the trails of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. In addition to acting on stage, Amy has written and directed several YouTube projects with Roving Rogue Productions.
Eric Wayne Coulbourne is a graduate of Kent State University’s theatre program. He has appeared in several theatres across northeast Ohio. He also works as a costume designer for WRP and other area theatres. Eric’s most recent performance at WRP was The Neverending Story where he appeared as the Bookseller and has most recently costume designed WRP’s production of Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike. Eric is excited to be back at WRP for this production of Cyrano.
Robert Rush is thrilled to be returning to the WRP stage after nearly 5 years being away at college. Recently Robert has been seen in Weathervane’s Newsies and Shakespeare at the Castle’s Hamlet and is a new graduate of the University of Mount Union. Robert is thrilled to be apart of such a talented cast and can’t wait for you all to enjoy the show.
Lauren Koleszar (Roxane) is delighted to be performing once again on the WRP stage. Her favorite past roles include Louise in The Underpants (Western Reserve Playhouse), Shelby in Steel Magnolias (Fine Arts Association), Viola in Twelfth Night (Geauga Center for the Arts), and Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire (Brecksville Theatre). She extends a special thank you to Cyrano’s adaptor and director, August, for bringing the show to life with a fierce devotion and energy.
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February 3 2023 at 8:00pm
February 4 2023 at 8:00pm
February 10, 2023 at 8:00pm
February 11 2023 at 8:00pm
February 12, 2023 at 2:00pm
February 17 2023 at 8:00pm
February 18 2023 at 8:00pm