RiverStage Community Theatre to perform ‘Cyrano’

LEWISBURG — Swordplay! Wordplay! Love and roses — and really long noses!

If RiverStage Community Theatre is tugging at a few heartstrings, it’s because its next show, “Cyrano,” is presented as a Valentine’s Day attraction.

“Cyrano” has 7:30 p.m. performances on Feb. 14-15, 21-22, with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Feb. 23, at The Greenspace Center, 815 Market Street.

Jove Graham, RiverStage president, recently announced the cast of “Cyrano.”

Heading the production is Nick Buckman (seen as the Pirate King in RiverStage’s “The Pirates of Penzance”) as Cyrano, the would-be lover and French hero with a ridiculously long nose. Brittane Strahan plays the beautiful and intellectual Roxane, the object of his affection. Broderick Miller portrays the handsome, but hapless, Christian.

With some doubling of roles, the talented cast of ten includes: Jove Graham (Le Bret), Fred Hooper (De Guiche), Andrew Shaffer (Raguneau), Tim Hippensteel ( De Valvert), Ethan Figard (Liginiere), Davena Laverty (Desiree), and Laura Hartranft (Montfleury and Sister Marthe).

The show is billed as featuring “Some of the most clever, touching poetry ever written.”

The classic tale, based upon the real life character Cyrano De Bergerac, was penned by Edmond Rostand in 1897, and is set in France in 1640. Since its debut, the play has been translated and adapted for many stage and film versions, including the popular 1987 movie “Roxanne,” starring Steve Martin and Daryl Hannah.

Peter Wiley directs the RiverStage production, a factionalism which follows the broad outlines of Cyrano’s life.

“This newer version is joyful, fresh take on the story with beautiful language and a lot of laughs,” said Graham.

Filled with humor, sword fighting, poetry and colorful characters, “Cyrano” is appropriate for all ages and “perfect for valentines everywhere.”

Tickets can be purchased at the door prior to each of the five performances. For more information, call 570- 989-0848 or visit info@riverstagetheare.org

All seating for RiverStage productions is General Admission. Doors will open approximately 30 minutes before each admission. Tickets ordered online will be held at the box office unless the patron requests otherwise.