CYRANO de BERGERAC
Act Three, Scenes IV, V, VI, VII, IX, and X
Script adapted from the free online and Hall versions.You will notice that Scene VIII is missing; it does not concern the motion of the story of the balcony scene.
Here is a link to the script. There are yet minor characters in it that will be removed shortly.
Here is a link to a BBC version with good old KB in the title role.
Familiarity with the piece is a big plus. Let me know if you have been in a production, read it, or seen it. This production will be great for your résumé, as Cyrano is the most produced play in the world.
Audition deadline is August 31st.
Lines should be 44100hz 16-bit Stereo MP3. Noise removal and crisp quality is expected. No mysterious ticking noises, please. Save individual lines as 'character_yourname_line#.mp3', and email your audition in a .zip file to email@example.com. The subject line should be 'Cyrano Auditions - [yourname]'. Men, if you only submit for one role, you will only be considered for that role. Also, due to the nature of the piece, I would ask that all those auditioning include in the body of the email a link to your theatrical résumé.
CYRANO de BERGERAC
CHARACTER: Witty, uncompromisingly honorable, courageous, and poetic, Cyrano is the embodiment of panache. He cannot reveal his love to Roxane because he is insecure about the size of his nose, but in the guise of Christian under the balcony, he can finally express the love he has felt for her for so long.
VOICE: ATS or RP. Beautiful classical baritone. He has to be honest, articulate, sincere, and bold. At the beginning, he must be very relaxed in order to lend contrast to his glorious grandiloquy. I understand this is a lot of text for an audition, but what I need to see (hear, rather) is how you can move vocally through a monologue.
Think the vocal darkness and articulation of Javert, the rising soul of Don Quixote, the helpless love of Romeo, the overwhelming wistfulness of Svetlovidoff, and the vocal presence and power of the Phantom. If you're having trouble getting through a section, try actually singing it.
Speak for yourself, my friend, and take your chance.
Good. Speak soft and low.
Unmistakably a success.
CYRANO (as Christian--in a whisper):
Night has come. . .%u2028In the dusk my words grope their way to find your ear.
If, leaving Cupid's arrows, quivers, torches,
We turned to seek for sweeter--fresher things!
Instead of sipping in a pygmy glass
Dull fashionable waters-- did we try
How the soul slakes its thirst in fearless draught
By drinking from the river's flooding brim!
I love thee! I am mad! I love, I stifle!
That I should speak thus, and that you should hearken-
Too fair! In moments when my hopes rose proudest,
I never hoped such guerdon. Naught is left me
But to die now! Have words of mine the power
To make you tremble,--throned there in the branches?
Ay, like a leaf among the leaves, you tremble!
You tremble! For I feel,--an if you will it,
Or will it not,--your hand's beloved trembling
Thrill through the branches, down your sprays of jasmine!
Aie! Strange pain that wrings my heart!
The kiss, love's feast, so near! I, Lazarus,
Lie at the gate in darkness. Yet to me
Falls still a crumb or two from the rich man's board--
Ay, 'tis my heart receives thee, Roxane--mine!
For on the lips you press you kiss as well
The words I spoke just now!--my words--my words!
CHRISTIAN de NEUVILLETTE
AGE: Younger than Cyrano, but still a grown man.
CHARACTER: A young soldier in the Cadets. Cyrano has been teaching him lines to speak to Roxane, whom he has recently fallen in love with. Christian is at first glance a comedic character, so it is your responsibility as an actor to play him as a tragic character. It must read that he truly does love Roxane and cannot speak his heart to her.
VOICE: ATS or RP. Compared to Cyrano's voice, Christian's is less dark, less rich, less mysterious, and not as low. Character stutters are okay with specificity and deliberation, but he is not a breathy teenage angstathon.
CHRISTIAN (sits by her on the bench. A silence):
Oh! I love you!
I. . .
I love you so!
And then--I should be--oh!--so glad--so glad
If you would love me!--Roxane, tell me so!
No, no! I say. No, no! I say.
I am a-weary of these borrowed letters--
Borrowed love-makings! Thus to act a part,
And tremble all the time!--'Twas well enough
At the beginning!--Now I know she loves!
I fear no longer!--I will speak myself
I am not such a fool when all is said!
I've by your lessons profited. You'll see
I shall know how to speak alone! The devil!
I know at least to clasp her in my arms!
(Seeing Roxane come out from the house):
--It is she! Cyrano, no!--Leave me not!
CHRISTIAN (being fed lines by Cyrano):
You say--Great Heaven!
I love no more?--when--I--love more and more!
CHRISTIAN (same play):
Love grew apace, rocked by the anxious beating. . .
Of this poor heart, which the cruel wanton boy. . .
Took for a cradle!
CHRISTIAN (same play):
Thus he strangled in my heart
The. . . serpents twain, of. . . Pride. . . and Doubt!
CHARACTER: The most beautiful woman in France. She met Christian recently and has been receiving letters from him actually written by Cyrano. It is implied that Christian has wooed her a few times already by memorizing lines Cyrano taught him, and she loves hearing beautiful words of love; she has a spot spot for poetry. She has noticed that sometimes Christian is halting (as he is trying to remember lines), but he has kept the act going so far. Her words read as aggressive, but she is just disappointed, as she was expecting hordes of angels to spout from Christian's gums and whatnot. She also tries to encourage him. It helps that she is attracted to him. She does not know anything of their plans and thus she often comes off as a rather bland female character- make sure that the audience understands why Cyrano and Christian both love her madly from the very first words we hear.
VOICE: ATS or RP. Make us fall in love with you. She is modest, but not shy. She is not speaking directly to Cyrano or Christian- her voice is ringing out from the balcony in the night. She should have a mature and elegant sound. The Roxane in the BBC recording is a bit breathy for my tastes. Later on in the scene, she is moved to tears by the passionate outburst that "Christian" has, so either commit to the emotion or prove your character another way.
ROXANE (shutting her eyes):
Ay, speak to me of love.
That is the theme.
But vary it!
Come, come!. . .unknot those tangled sentiments!
Rally your poor eloquence that's flown!
Yes, you love me, that I know. Adieu.
You adore me?%u2028I've heard it very oft. No!--Go away!
ROXANE (to Christian, who is being fed lines by Cyrano):
--But why so faltering? Has mental palsy
Seized on your faculty imaginative?
ROXANE (in response to Cyrano's passionate outburst):
Ay! I am trembling, weeping!--I am thine!%u2028Thou hast conquered all of me!
ROXANE (finally consenting to a kiss):
Must I then bid thee mount to cull this flower?
This heart-breathing!. . .
This brush of bee's wing!. . .
This moment infinite!. . .
Email me with any questions you may have. Good luck to all those auditioning.