Introducing Ashley Juniper McKelvie as "Cuigy/Cadet/Poet/Sister Marguerite" in Cyrano de Bergerac
Another week, another entry in our Debuting Artist blog series! OpenStage is home to many incredible artists, some who have worked with the company for years and others who are brand new. This week we introduce Juniper McKelvie, playing Cuigy, a Cadet, a Poet, and Sister Marguerite in Cyrano de Bergerac.
Tell us about yourself! Where you’re from, your hobbies, past work, fun facts, or anything that comes to mind!
What made you decide to audition for Cyrano? What was the audition like?
The show sounded like swashbuckling fun!
Tell me about the characters you play in the show.
I play a few characters, but two of them are based on real people we know from historical records. One is Cuigy who was a fun-loving, stylish upper class man whose father was in the Parisian Parliament. The other is Sister Marguerite. The abbess founded the convent of the Daughters of the Cross in Paris, located near the Bastille. Marguerite was rich, well-connected and beautiful, and she kept her societal connections even after entering religious life. It's interesting to play two characters with such different traits. Cuigy lives in the moment, for pleasure, and he's very snobbish. He avoids responsibility and loves to gossip. Of course that's fun to play! Sr. Marguerite enjoys taking responsibility and directing people to do as she sees fit. She's clearheaded, powerful, and measured in her thinking and actions. I enjoy playing that kind of character too because you have to get grounded and trust your inner stability.
How has your experience with OpenStage been so far?
The cast is a jovial bunch and I like how we make each other laugh. I also appreciate how caring and supportive everyone is. Life is still plenty complex thanks to Covid and the general unraveling of society as we know it. But everyone has rolled with the punches and contributed positive energy that helped us continue even when it seemed like we were one sneeze away from having to cancel.
What is your favorite thing about acting?
What can audiences look forward to in Cyrano de Bergerac?
The swashbuckling fun!
Do you have any upcoming projects after Cyrano?
Come see Juniper and the rest of the cast in Cyrano de Bergerac, playing through July 30th!
Cyrano de Bergerac
Directed and Adapted by Judith Allen
July 8 – July 30, 2022
A sophisticated turn of phrase ... or ... a pretty face? Which will Roxane choose?
Larger than life Cyrano—soldier, philosopher, poet and adventurer—is in love with the resplendent Roxane. Hampered by his self-perceived lack of beauty due to his absurdly large nose, Cyrano offers handsome fellow cadet, Christian, his poetic mastery of language to woo his beloved Roxane. As she falls under the spell of Cyrano’s beautiful letters, believing they are coming from Christian’s beautiful face, war propels the love triangle beyond whimsical antics into love and heartbreak. Full of wordplay and swordplay, as well as the most famous nose in history, Cyrano is a night of comedy, mistaken identity, and romantic tragedy under the stars. Walk-in, bike-in, or drive-in! Featuring nightly food trucks.