Anticipating the largest production in Classics’ history

2013 Classics at Brucemore Cast and Crew Announced

March 27th, 2013

The collaboration of Torchlight Theatrics and Brucemore in 1996 launched outdoor theatre in Eastern Iowa and a new venue at Brucemore. The Classics at Brucemore celebrates a rich history of quality live theatre, including Greek tragedy, Shakespearean comedy, and twentieth century American drama. Fully utilizing the natural amphitheater’s rich backdrop, actors emerge from the woods, get dunked in the pond, and help themselves to the audience members’ picnics. Characters from the show often seek help from the audience, creating an evening of hilarious and interactive fun.

Brucemore is excited to announce the cast and production team for the 2013 production of Cyrano de Bergerac, July 11 – 13 and 18 – 20, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.



Cyrano de Bergerac – Jason Alberty

Roxane – Angela Billman

Christian de Neuvillette – Matthew James

Comte De Guiche – Scott Humeston

Le Bret  – K. Michael Moore

Ligniere – David Morton

Cuigy – Rob Merritt

Carbon de Castel-Jaloux – Steve Ginsberg

Cardinal Richelieu – Jon Day

Countess – Cherryl Thomason

Duenna  – Angie Toomsen

Montfleury – Steve Worthington

Pest – Brett Engmark

De Valvert – Jim Kropa

Ragueneau – Bill Lammers

Lise – Marty Norton

Amelie  – Avonique Tipsword

Pastry Cook – Larry Hansen

Poets 1 and 2 – Jon Day and Len Struttmann

Cadets 1 and 2 – Andrew Clancey and Taylor Foster

Musketeer – Brett Engmark

School Boy – Paul Freese

Friar – Jon Day

Musician – Rob Merritt

Spanish Officer and Voice – Len Struttmann

Mother Marguerite – Cherryl Thomason

Sister Marthe – Avonique Tipsword

Sister Claire – Marty Norton


Production Team:

Artistic Director – Jim Kern

Fight Coordinator – Jason Tipsword

Designer – Derek Easton

Stage Manager – Len Struttmann

Costumer – Bonnie Moses

Co-Assistant Directors – Marty Norton and Cherryl Thomason

Fight Captain – Avonique Tipsword

Technical Assistant – Kevin Wake

Scenery Construction – Theatre Cedar Rapids

Backstage Assistance – Austin Wake and Ella Wake

Props Master/Mistress – To Be Announced


Do I need to pay to enter the estate and walk on the grounds?

No. Visiting the Brucemore estate during grounds hours is free. Tickets are only required for scheduled tours and events, and they can be purchased in advance online.

Is a reservation needed to visit Brucemore?

You do not need a reservation to visit the grounds on your own. You do need a ticket to go inside the mansion. We recommend advance reservations for any of our mansion tours or other scheduled special themed tours due to limited capacity. Please visit our calendar to see upcoming opportunities and to purchase your tickets.

Touring the Mansion

Can I take pictures inside the mansion?

Yes. Photography is allowed during tours for personal, non-professional use. Tripods, selfie-sticks, or other photography equipment will not be permitted. Photographs should not distract from others’ enjoyment.

How large is the mansion?

Brucemore is approximately 15,000 square feet.

How many fireplaces, rooms, and floors does Brucemore have?

There are 21 “main” rooms, 14 fireplaces and four floors plus an attic.

Is all of the furniture original to the house and families?

Much of the furniture you will see on display belonged to the second or third families to live at Brucemore; however, some pieces had to be replaced with replicas or similar antiques.

Is the mansion handicap accessible?

The Brucemore mansion includes multiple floors and several staircases. Because of the historic architecture, some spaces are not accessible. Due to preservation work, the wheelchair lift that offers accessibility to the first floor is not available at this time. An elevator is not available from the first floor to the other floors at any time. Learn more about accessibility at Brucemore.

Group and School Tours

Is there an age requirement for students visiting Brucemore?

You do not have to be a certain age to visit or attend a program at Brucemore. Different programs are best suited for different ages. Tours of the mansion are recommended for 4th grade and older due to the concepts and historic collection.

Where do we park?

Parking is available on site a short walk from the mansion or carriage house. Buses must follow special instructions. Large events may not be able to accommodate on-site parking; please see the event calendar information for exceptions.

Is bus parking available?

Yes. Bus parking is available near the carriage house. Buses must arrive via special directions as they are unable to fit in our historic gates.

Is there a lunch area at Brucemore?

There is not a designated area indoors or outdoors to eat; however, you are welcome to bring your own blanket or chair to picnic on the grounds. Please carry out any trash to help our small staff keep the grounds beautiful.

Does my group have to arrive together?

Please let group members or chaperones know where they can meet the group.

What is your payment policy?

Brucemore admission is to be paid prior to the visit and a deposit may be required. Payment can be made by cash, check, or credit card and should be paid in one sum.

Do I need to make an appointment to tour the mansion?

You must have a ticket to a tour or program inside the mansion. Many tours do sell out in advance; purchase online or by calling 319-362-7375 in advance of your visit to guarantee your spot. See the schedule here.

Is the mansion wheelchair accessible?

The mansion is not currently accessible to wheelchairs due to preservation work. The mansion includes multiple flights of stairs. Most of the outdoor areas of the site are accessible. See our full accessibility information and contact us with additional questions regarding your visit.

Can I walk on the property?

Yes, the grounds and gardens are open daily most of the year. Several self-guided interpretive panels and tours via QR codes are available. See hours here.

What is Brucemore’s ticket policy?

Tickets are non-refundable, but may be rescheduled for comparable programs as space allows. Learn more.

I’m attending a large event at Brucemore. Where do I park?

Large events may require you to park offsite. Please read the event details on the calendar for specific information for each event.