In the spring of 2010, I had the opportunity to be involved in PCC’s Fine Arts production of Cyrano de Bergerac. This was definitely one of the most challenging and enjoyable times in my life. I have always enjoyed theater and speech in general, but I had never been involved in a humongous production like Cyrano until the second semester of my freshman year!
After building up enough courage to try out for Cyrano de Bergerac, I very quickly began to realize how excited I was about it. Shortly after being called back to read for various parts in the play, I noticed that I was cast as Ragueneau the pastry cook! I was extremely excited, but I have to admit that I laughed. You see, the character of Ragueneau is quite humorous. He is a baker that tries to write poetry but is not very good at it. He is kind of the comic relief in the play but is also a very loyal friend to the main character Cyrano. I also realized that I am only about 155 pounds, and Ragueneau is quite a bit heavier than I am! “Oh boy,” I thought, “This is going to be quite challenging.”
Very soon I was in the costume room trying on all sorts of fat suits that made me look quite hilarious and… well… square! Since the play is set in France some time in the 1600s, all of the guys had wigs to wear along with mustaches and other facial hair. That was interesting; I never realized how hot you get with long hair! That, combined with a fat suit and costume on top, was like a sauna! I loved it though. The cast of Cyrano got along quite well. It really was like a big family.
Even though being involved in Fine Arts did take up a lot of time, I realized that it was all worth it in the end. It helped me know how to manage my time and truly rely on God to get me through the semester! Playing Ragueneau was so much fun, and I will never forget working with all the amazing students and faculty, along with Dr. Monk who directed this great play. If you have ever considered trying out for a Fine Arts one of these days, let me encourage you to “Step out there and GO FOR IT!!” You won't regret it, and you only do this college thing once. Get involved!