'Cyrano' has a nose for romance

2012-07-26T12:00:00Z 2012-07-26T19:18:14Z 'Cyrano' has a nose for romanceBy Tim Shellberg Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
July 26, 2012 12:00 pm  • 

Kerry Fitch, co–director of Crown Point Community Theatre's production of "Cyrano," expects audiences to be dazzled by their production of the classic love story.

"I hope they get moments that take their breath away," she said. "Whether it's the excitement of the swordplay or the heartbreak and the tragedy that comes to these characters or the big romantic wooing, I hope they just have moments that take their breath away."

Opening July 27 and running through Aug. 5, "Cyrano" tells the tale of its title character, a man of many talents in 17th century Paris who possesses a noticeably long nose. Cyrano finds himself enamored with the stunning Roxanne, but she has her sights set on Christian, a shy guardsman.

Originally penned as "Cyrano de Bergerac" at the end of the 19th Century by French author Edmond Rostand, the tale has been adapted for the stage and screen over the last 100–plus years.

Crown Point's production of the classic tale is a single moniker–titled adaptation of Rostand's story courtesy of Frank Langella, the veteran actor whose stage and screen experience spans more than four decades and includes "Diary of a Mad Housewife," "Good Night and Good Luck" and "Frost/Nixon."

Langella debuted his "Cyrano" onstage in 1999.

"I think you start to really see the smaller moments of the show," Fitch said of Langella's interpretation. "It's more about the story than the spectacle and the character, but hopefully we'll bring a little spectacle along for the ride."

Marc Ryser, of Crown Point, plays Cyrano, with Highland's Andrea Creasbaum portraying Roxanne and Adam White, also from Crown Point, as Christian.

"Everyone has their little insecurities, things they think that stand in their way of doing the thing that they want to do," said Fitch, who is directing the play with Joe Culley. "I think everyone can identify with that, when you miss this opportunity and it may never come again."

"Cyrano" is the final production of Crown Point Community Theatre's 2011–2012 season. The 2012–2013 season opens Sept. 7 with "The Thugs/Lockdown," a series of one–act performances.

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