Calvin Berger: musical passes the sniff test

Stephanie Shaw, Seamus Harrison and Matthew Manning. Picture: Jon Lambert
Stephanie Shaw, Seamus Harrison and Matthew Manning. Picture: Jon Lambert

BICKLEY’s 15-year-old Stephanie Shaw is getting ready to groove up the stage in a hip and hilarious musical loosely based on the timeless play Cyrano de Bergerac.

Written by Barry Wyner and directed by Stephanie’s sister Madeleine Shaw and Tyler Eldridge, Calvin Berger is a story of unrequited feelings, love notes and physical insecurity among four high school students.

Calvin is smitten by the beautiful Rosanna but lacks confidence because of the size of his nose, while Rosanna is attracted to good-looking newcomer Matt, who is painfully shy and inarticulate, although he is also attracted to her.

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Hoping to get closer to Rosanna through his eloquent love notes, Calvin offers to be Matt’s speechwriter, while ignoring signals from another girl, his best friend Bret (played by Stephanie).

“My one challenge is remembering how I’m supposed to feel about Seamus Harrison, who plays opposite me as Calvin,” Stephanie said. “This is my ninth show with Seamus – we’ve played cousins, siblings, boyfriend and girlfriend, best friends and enemies.

Calvin Berger plays at 8pm from March 10 to 25, with a matinee on March 19 at Rolystone Theatre.

To book, call 9490 9306 or visit