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Theater adjunct Joseph Urick and Brian Hill, drama sophomore and president of Drama Club, rehearse sword fight choreography for “Cyrano de Bergerac” before callbacks Feb. 5 at Bennett Music Hall. The play premieres 7:30 p.m. April 9 in McAllister.  File

Theater adjunct Joseph Urick and Brian Hill, drama sophomore and president of Drama Club, rehearse sword fight choreography for “Cyrano de Bergerac” before callbacks Feb. 5 at Bennett Music Hall. The play premieres 7:30 p.m. April 9 in McAllister. File

‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ debuts April 9.

By Christina M. Briseno

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

This college’s theater program will perform “Cyrano de Bergerac,” a romantic comedy based on the original play by Edmond Rostand, at 7:30 p.m. April 9-11 and April 16-18 and at 2:30 p.m. April 12 and 19 in the auditorium of McAllister Fine Arts Center.

Director Jim Mammarella lauded cast and crew for their hard work during rehearsals.

“All publicity should go to my actors and stage managers,” Mammarella said. “They are the ones putting on the show.”

Stage manager Deresha Nollan, theater sophomore, said she is excited to manage her first play this season.

“Being one of the stage managers is crazy but fun,” Nollan said. “I enjoy being around the energetic actors.”

Eric Alvarado, who plays the lead role of Cyrano, said this will be his last performance at this college. After this semester, he will transfer to the University of Northern Colorado to pursue a bachelor’s degree in drama. The 19-year-old drama sophomore said he finds himself in every character he plays.

“A beautifully scripted play with such a wonderful director,” Alvarado said of this college’s production of “Cyrano de Bergerac.” “Working with Mammarella would be invaluable, and I refused to pass up on such a great opportunity.”

He credited Mammarella with a “wonderful imagination.”

After being a part of five productions at this college, Alvarado said he will be sad when it’s all over. His previous roles include vice principal Panch in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” Johann Friedrich Fasch in “Bach at Leipzig,” Mercutio in “Romeo and Juliet” and Teddy in “When You Comin’ Back Red Ryder.”

Drama freshman Ailyn Duran performs in her second show on campus. Duran plays the lead role of Roxane in “Cyrano de Bergerac.” Duran landed the part in callbacks by reading a scene from Act 2 of the play.

“So far it’s been fun and interesting,” Duran said. “The difficulty of it all is learning lines, but it’s the effort and dedication you put in that makes the emotion fall into place.”

Admission is $5 with an Alamo Colleges ID or high school ID, $8 for other colleges, military and senior citizens, and $10 for the general public.

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