Blinn Theatre Brings Classic Comedy ‘Cyrano’ to the Bryan Stage

By: Blinn College Email
By: Blinn College Email

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BRYAN - The Blinn College Theatre Arts Program will thrust audiences into the tangles of a 17th-century love triangle when it closes the 2013-14 season with “Cyrano” April 24- 26 on its Bryan campus.

The curtain rises at 7:30 each night in the Barbara L. Pearson Banquet Room located in the Student Center. Performances are free and open to the public.

Adapted for the stage by Jo Roets from the book by Edmond Rostand, the play depicts Cyrano de Bergerac, a swashbuckling master of sword- and wordplay who yearns to woo his love, Roxane.

Embarrassed by his “magnificent Mount Everest of a nose,” Cyrano is thwarted on his path to true love by his lack of confidence and the handsome, tongue-tied Christian, who borrows Cyrano’s words to win over Roxane. But is she falling for Christian’s looks or Cyrano’s soul?
Student actors Braden Baumbach, T.C. March and Katie Riely bring the charming, lightning-paced romance to life with duels and hopeless sacrifice.

“I call our rendition of ‘Cyrano’ the ‘Reader’s Digest’ version,” said Theatre Director Greg Wise. “It’s a very stripped-down version. The three actors provide the entire sound effect landscape and bring the locations to life with their actions and movements. It’s going to be an exciting night of theatre.”

Baumbach, a first-year student from Katy, will play the title role of Cyrano.

“At first it was daunting to play such an iconic character,” Baumbach said. “In our adaptation of the play, it’s very raw; you see what the characters are really about. We have such a great team of people working on the play and I’m excited for audiences to come out and see it.”

“Cyrano” concludes another outstanding theatre season that began last October with “A Piece of My Heart,” by Shirley Lauro, followed by Noel Coward’s “The Star Chamber” in November and “Yasmina Reza’s “Art” in February.

The Blinn Theatre Program, part of the Division of Visual & Performing Arts, hosts at least eight performances each year in Bryan and Brenham and offers a quality educational foundation through study, application and experience.

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