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Audition: Cyrano De Bergerac

  • 03/04/2022
  • 04/04/2022
  • 2 sessions
  • 03/04/2022, 18:30 21:30 (BST)
  • 04/04/2022, 19:30 22:30 (BST)
  • Putney Arts Theatre

 Audition details

Putney Theatre Company's production of Cyrano De Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, adapted by Glyn Maxwell, will be directed by Stuart Watson.

Below are details of the auditions and backstage help required. Please get in touch with Stuart to express your interest in auditioning, and to be sent audition pieces, by emailing PTCCyrano@gmail.com

Auditions will take place at Putney Arts Theatre, Ravenna Rd, London SW15 6AW

Audition dates

  • Sunday 3 April 2022, 6.30pm
  • Monday 4 April 2022, 7.30pm

Recalls

  • Sunday 10 April 2022, 6.30pm

Production details

Performance dates and spaces

  • Tuesday 21 – Saturday 25 June 2022, 7.45pm (main stage, Putney Arts Theatre)
  • 2 & 3 July 2022, 3pm (open-air performances at Putney Old Burial Ground)

Rehearsal period

Rehearsals will take place from 19 April for two to three evenings a week, as well as around three hours of rehearsal on a Sunday. Sometimes there may be a need to rehearse on Saturdays and to rehearse on different days and times. Most actors will only be called for two rehearsals a week until the final few weeks, when actors should be prepared to rehearse on up to four days a week.

Note

We are committed to improving diversity in our casting and, unless stated for artistic reasons, we aim to actively adopt an inclusive casting policy.

This is an amateur production. You do not need to be a member of PTC to audition, but actors and crew will need to become members for £25 a year by direct debit, or £30 otherwise. A £25 show fee will also need to be paid by all actors in the production. We encourage you to become a member of PTC, even if not cast.

Our company is run by volunteers and we expect all actors cast in a play to volunteer for Front of House duties at least once a year. Our shows could not go up without our Front of House volunteers.

Audition preparation

It is useful for actors to have at least a basic knowledge of the play’s plot (there are various summaries and full adaptations available for free viewing online). Ideally, you would be familiar with Maxwell’s adaptation, which can be purchased from the usual online outlets. Some of the audition pieces will be made available for actors to prepare in advance; actors will have time to prepare others on the day.

SYNOPSIS

It is the era of The Three Musketeers and swashbuckling swordsman-poet Cyrano is celebrated throughout Paris for his prowess in battle, his wit and his panache. However, his boisterous demeanour masks a secret sorrow: he adores the beautiful Roxane, yet fears to speak of his passion because he is convinced that his gigantic nose makes him too ugly to be loved. When handsome but tongue-tied young nobleman Christian joins his regiment, Cyrano seizes the opportunity to woo Roxane by proxy. But our hero must emerge victorious through duels, bitter rivalry and war to win the heart of his lady in Rostand’s rollicking epic of adventure and romance.

Characters 

Glyn Maxwell’s adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac uses the device of having the play acted out by the nuns in the convent to which Roxane has retired after the events of the main story. That means that six women play a variety of roles, both named and unnamed, male and female, ranging from duellist Valvert, overweight tragedian Montfleury, the Gascon soldiers, the “hundred ruffians” who do battle with Cyrano, greedy poets, drunken poets, orange sellers, thieves, priests, etc. The other parts are Roxane (female) and the five main male roles, including Cyrano himself.

However, when this version was produced at Southwark Playhouse all of the actors were female, including Cyrano. Therefore, while the casting breakdown below is the one from the script, almost any character could be played by an actor of either gender – a female Cyrano and/or Christian and nuns played by men are distinctly possible. Most roles are not particularly age-sensitive, except where noted below, and there will be opportunities for both older and younger actors. It is possible we may vary the size of the ensemble slightly, but around 12 actors will be needed, including a number of good singers and potentially also musicians.

Cyrano de Bergerac (male): Swashbuckling swordsman, poet, captain of the Gascony Cadets and possessor of France’s largest nose.

Christian de Neuvillette (male, young): A handsome, but not especially bright young nobleman.

Count Antoine de Guiche (male): The villain (at least some of the time). An arrogant aristocrat.

Le Bret (male): A soldier. Cyrano’s best friend and sidekick.

Rageneau (male): A pastry chef and poetry groupie.

Roxane (female, young): Cyrano’s cousin. Beautiful and bookish, with a romantic disposition.

Mother Margaret (older, female): Nun playing Duenna, Cuigy, Carbonne.

Sister Claire (female): Nun playing Ligniere, Montfleury, Musketeer, 1st Cadet.

Sister Teresa (female): Nun playing Thief, Valvert, Lise, Clomire, 3rd Cadet.

Sister Martha (female): Nun playing Busybody, Gremione, 1st Poet, 2nd Cadet.

Sister Agnes (female): Nun playing Brisaille, 2nd Poet, Priest, Sentinel.

Sister Rosa (female): Nun playing Orange-girl, 3rd Poet, 4th Cadet.

Backstage opportunities include:

  • Musicians
  • Lighting and sound operator
  • Set construction
  • Assistant stage managers
  • Costume assistants

Please get in touch with us at PTCCyrano@gmail.com or info@putneyartstheatre.co.uk if you are interested in getting involved.

Photography on this website is provided by numerous members over the years. In particular we would like to thank: Ben Copping, Martin Jessop, Rich Evans and Steve Lippett who have contributed so much to capturing our productions in such amazing quality.

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