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Second Thoughts Drama Group announce open auditions on Tues 21st & Sun 26th April for:

 

Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand – Adapted by Glyn Maxwell

 

A comedy rounded off with a tragedy.

 

A tale of love unrequited.

 



 

The story of Cyrano is that he, being cursed with a large nose, believes he has no chance of love with his cousin Roxane with whom he is in love.

 

Additionally she believes herself in love with Christian and asks Cyrano to watch over him as he enters the guards.

 

She is also being pursued by an older noble, the Comte de Guiche, who wants to marry her to his friend so he can take her as a mistress.

 

He happens also to be the commanding officer of Cyrano & Christian.

 

Christian is a simple chap who finds himself unable to express the poetic nature Roxane requires and Cyrano volunteers to write to Roxane for him.

 

This begins a romance of the mind that Roxane believes is with Christian but is actually with Cyrano.

 

Cyrano woos her so well for Christian that he ends up arranging their marriage.

 

The thwarted Comte de Guiche then sends both of them off to war.

 

Cyrano keeps writing to Roxane from the front and wins her heart completely.

 

She comes to the front looking for Christian and confesses her love.

 

He realises she loves Cyrano and throws himself into the battle to be killed.

 

Cyrano, knowing she loves him cannot follow through his love because of Christian's death.

 

Many years later, a fatally injured Cyrano reveals to Roxane the origin of the letters and dies in her arms.

 



 

Maxwell’s version of the play runs about an hour less than some of the more familiar versions you may be aware of and is a fast paced romp through the text, without losing the core characters and performances. The play is in verse but the language is fresh and feels more suited to modern audiences. There are six main roles and a further thirty-two smaller roles divided by Maxwell between six ensemble actors. We may decide to split or reassign some of these ensemble roles to accommodate different age/gender, other differences or people who just want something smaller to do.

 

Characters

 

Name

Cyrano

Character

Mercurial. His key trait is his ‘panache’ and his honour. He throws down the gauntlet to life and refuses the compromise of patronage. There is nothing duplicitous about the man. He is what he is until… Love is the adversary he cannot conquer. And the honesty he cannot speak. As a soldier he will fight an hundred men with vigour but he cannot face one woman with his own face. Despite knowing himself master of the forms of love he cannot overcome the disadvantage of his form. But is the barrier in his looks or his heart? In love with his cousin, he cannot speak that love except by pretending to be someone else.

Constraints

The real Cyrano was in the Guards from his 20s but I’d probably see him at this point as a bit older – probably 30s or 40s. Not so old he couldn’t be a childhood friend of Roxane without it being weird. Has to be confident of carrying off a comedic yet tragic central role – preferably with a track record of reasonably sized parts.

Part involves sword-fighting, climbing and leaping around so physical fitness needed. Ages during the play.

Content

876 lines = 32.3% of show

 



 

Name

Roxane

Character

Cyrano’s beautiful cousin, beset by suitors. She has a childhood friendship with Cyrano that prevents her seeing his heart but puts her on an intimate setting with him. Fascinated by the handsome Christian (not least due to her repulsion for the encroaching De Guise) she solicits her cousin to aid her new paramour. Cyrano’s intervention in writing to her on Christian’s behalf prevents her from seeing that Christian’s simple heart does not match up to his romantic looks.

Constraints

Beautiful and/or charming. Should be a similar or slightly younger age than Cyrano. She’s rich and attractive so could afford to be unmarried older – 20s-30s -without being on the shelf. Needs to play the constrictions of her personal circumstances and fend off her unwanted suitors with grace. Warm and interested character.

Content

386 lines = 14.2% of show

Name

Christian

Character

Good looking. Slightly slow but not in a stupid sort of way. He’s just a guy blessed with good looks who fancies a girl and can’t get what all the mumbo-jumbo of the language of love is about. Determined to prove himself to the Guards despite being the outsider.

Constraints

Should probably be younger than Cyrano - 20s-30s – tall(ish) and handsome. A lot of his lines depend on comic timing/physicality so despite his romantic slowness, quick thinking is required of the actor. Dies onstage.

Content

237 lines = 8.7% of show

 



 



 



 

Name

De Guiche

Character

Cyrano's commanding officer who wants Roxane as his Mistress. Suave but overbearing. Expects everything by right and reacts badly to being thwarted.

The bad seed but one who re-finds his Gascon heart at the end.

Constraints

Age not important to character but he is a soldier and I'd be inclined to go older - - 40s-50s.

Content

203 lines = 7.5% of show

 



 

Name

Le Bret

Character

Cyrano's friend and sidekick. Caring but cautious of society. Tries to reign in Cyrano’s worst excesses and his sticking out of the neck. Loyal and steady.

Constraints

Friendship could be generational or contemporary to Cyrano but he needs to be of an age to join the guards at Arras – 20s-50s.

Content

139 lines = 5.1% of show

 



 

Name

Ragueneau

Character

Pastry cook and lover of poetry. Brings Roxane to the battlefield. A nice, if smaller character role.  His wife rules the roost whilst he is put upon by his ‘poets’. A full hearted caring man.

Constraints

No restrictions on age or stature.

Content

95 lines = 3.5% of show

 



 



 

The following are the ensembles as assigned by Maxwell (subject to alteration/redistribution). There may be additional crowd/ensemble participation.

 

Name

Margaret/Duenna Cuigy/Carbonne

Character

Mother Superior/Older Lady Aristo/Captain

Constraints

Older actor. Cross-gendered (or split) role. No facial hair.

Content

180 lines = 6.6% of show

 



 

Name

Claire/Guardsman/Ligniere/Montfleury/D’Artagnan/1st Cadet

Character

Nun/Over – Actor of the old school/Soldier

Constraints

Larger actor (or padding) required for Montfleury. Probably older. No facial hair unless female roles are split out.

Content

142 lines = 5.2% of show

 



 

Name

Theresa/Thief/Valvert/Lise/Clomire/3rd Cadet

Character

Nun/Fop/Wife to Ragueneau/Friend(contemporary?) of Roxane/Soldier

Constraints

Probably younger actor 20s-30s – similar age to Roxane. No facial hair unless female roles are split out.

Content

137 lines = 5.1% of show

 



 

Name

Martha/Guardsman/Noble/Busybody/Gremione/1st Poet/2nd Cadet

Character

Nun/Interfering/ Friend(contemporary?) of Roxane/encroaching Poet/Soldier

Constraints

Probably younger actor 20s-30s – similar age to Roxane. No facial hair unless female roles are split out.

Content

102 lines = 3.8% of show

 



 

Name

Agnes/Brisaille/2nd Poet/Priest/Sentinel

Character

Nun/Aristo/encroaching Poet/Soldier

Constraints

No age constraints. Could be older soldier. No facial hair unless female roles are split out.

Content

99 lines = 3.7% of show

 



 

Name

Rosa/Orange-Girl/3rd Poet/4th Cadet

Character

Nun/Girl who fancies Cyrano/encroaching Poet/Soldier

Constraints

Probably female younger actor. No facial hair unless female roles are split out.

Content

115 lines = 4.2% of show

 



 



 

Normal rehearsal nights will be across Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays.

 

Main rehearsal period will be from start of September to the show week (8th-14th November).

 

(Note that some variations in the schedule may be required if Second Thoughts make it through to the RSC Dream project.)

 



 

The auditions will take place:

 

Tuesday 21st April at 7:30pm

 

Sunday 26th April at 7:30pm

 

at St Peter’s Mission, Manor Road, Stratford-Upon-Avon, CV37 7EA

 



 

You are welcome to attend either or both audition nights.

 



 

If possible, please send an expression of interest to the director, Kate Sutcliffe.

 

Kj.sutcliffe@googlemail.com / 07790 478 249 / 01527 518 761

 



 

If you are unable to make the scheduled audition dates, please get in touch with Kate by the 26th April so alternative arrangements can be made.

 



 

[This is an open audition call but should you accept a part in this production you will need to become a member of the group to rehearse/perform.]

 

 

Old News (but still important)

It is always nice to begin a year successfully. Our last production Loveplay was challenging, and in many ways is the type of play that embodies the founding principals of the group. Director, cast and crew all had a great time (which after all is also one of the important things). We are also very happy to cement further our close relationship with the Bear Pit Theatre, which is a lovely space to perform in.
 
SECOND THOUGHTS is a community-based drama group performing in and around Stratford-upon-Avon. We are proud to have, as our President, the superb actor, David Bradley.


 

2015 - A YEAR OF LOVE

 

at

 

THE BEAR PIT THEATRE

 

Rear of United Reformed Church

Rother Street

Stratford-upon-Avon

 

(Parking available adjacent to site)

 

 

 

Love lies bleeding…

 

Wednesday 1 to Saturday 4 July at 7.30 p.m.   Click here to buy tickets.

 

THE THRILL OF LOVE

 

By Amanda Whittington

 

Directed by Brian Emeney

 

The Story of Ruth Ellis

 

The facts are not in dispute. On 11 April 1955, Ruth Ellis shot and murdered her lover David Blakely outside a Hampstead pub. She was found guilty and famously - and infamously – became the last woman to be hanged in Britain.

 

But why was she so keen to admit her guilt and not offer any defence? And why did she refuse to name, until it was too late, the person who gave her the loaded gun?

 

This wonderful play, first produced at the Young Vic in 2013, has all the ingredients of film-noir of the 1940’s.

 

 

THIS PRODUCTION INCLUDES FLASHING LIGHTS AND GUNSHOT

 

Loving in the past…

 

Thursday 20 to Saturday 22 August at 7.30 p.m.

 

SPARROWS IN A HAT

 

By Steve Farr

 

Love’s Last Chance

 

More than just a story of two fifty year olds desperately seeking real love in a world that seems to have something against them, Sparrows in a Hat is a story about last chances. It deals with abuse, addiction, violent assault, Esperanto, sailing and sex. There is also quite a lot of dancing and a cheese obsession So, something for everyone here.

Two actors play five characters each, with two chairs and a bucket.

Second Thoughts has performed award-winning playwright Steve Farr’s work twice before: Triple Freedom (1985) and Dried Fruit From Hell (2005).

 

CONTAINS SCENES OF A SEXUAL NATURE, SCENES OF VIOLENCE AND LANGUAGE WHICH SOME MAY FIND OFFENSIVE. NOT SUITABLE FOR PEOPLE UNDER 18.

 

Unrequited love…

 

Wednesday 11 to Saturday 14 November at 7.30 p.m.  Click here to buy tickets.

 

CYRANO DE BERGERAC

 

By Edmund Rostand

 

Directed by Kate Sutcliffe

 

The classic tragi-comic story

 

In the annals of chivalry and love the name of the larger-than-life Gascon soldier and lover Cyrano de Bergerac stands tall.

 

Thwarted by his outer lack of grace Cyrano woos Roxanne by proxy through the handsome but mindless Christian, who has drawn her eye, whilst subtly defending her from the unwanted attentions of a noble suitor, his commanding officer the Comte de Guiche.

 

But as the Gascony Cadets face death in the heat of battle, with Christian’s life on the line, will Cyrano’s secret love be revealed or his hopes for love finally be dashed as the firestorm rages?

 

Find out this November, when Second Thoughts present Edmond Rostand’s famed stage version of the story in a modern English translation.

 

Second Thoughts Drama Group

President: David Bradley

 

 

Tickets to all of our shows can be obtained in one of four ways:

 

  • Call the Bear Pit Ticket Hotline 01789 403416

  • Use the buy tickets links on this site
  • Purchase in person from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Box Office
  • At the door on the night of the performance, depending upon availability