The Theatre Institute at Sage (TIS)

Calvin Berger

Directed by Michael Musial

Book, Music and Lyrics by Barry Wyner / Orchestration by Doug Besterman

Original Direction by Kathleen Marshall

Scene Change Music Arranged by Aron Accurso

Based loosely on Edmond Rostand’s play Cyrano de Bergerac, Calvin Berger is the hip and hilarious story of unrequited feelings, love notes, and physical insecurity among four high school seniors.

The Theatre Institute At Sage presents Calvin Berger as the first production of the 2021-2022 season. Based on a well-known classic, with a relatable coming of age spin on the story as four teenagers navigate new feelings surrounding love, trust, and what really matters above physical appearance.  While the world is opening up, TIS maintains the commitment to keeping the community safe and will require audiences to be masked and to bring proof of vaccination. We thank you for your cooperation, and are so
excited that this season we can return to the live theatre experience that we all have missed.

Calvin Berger is directed by Russell Sage College Associate Professor of Music and Theatre, Michael Musial.  Edith McCrae Professor of Fine Arts and Professor of Music, Michael is past Chair of the Creative and Performing Arts Department and founding Director of the Theatre Institute at Sage.  He is the composer and co-lyricist of the award winning musical Backbeard: The Musical. Directing and music directing credits include Candide, Children of Eden, The Secret Garden, A Chorus Line, Into the Woods and Sweeney Todd among others.   Musial also musically directed A Tale of Cinderella for NYSTI’s 2001 New York State tour. A member of the duo-piano team Musial and Musial, he is also the director of the Sage College Singers.

The cast includes four talented Russell Sage students; Tyler Cardona, Liz Broderick, Noah Dougherty, and Jenna Wilkinson. Sage students involved in the creative team process include Regina Desrosiers, Assistant Director; Cameron Richardson, Stage Manager; as well as Kathryn Legasse, Holley Kaiser, Douglas Sato, Tabitha Howland, Maya Koennecke, and Zac Ziperstein. To accompany these talents are the works of Lynne Roblin, costume designer; Vincent Pruchnick, sound designer; Alena Samoray, lighting designer, and Timothy Clow, scenic designer. Join us and our collaborators for a timeless tale about coming of age.

Calvin Berger runs October 1- 3, 2021

Friday, October 1 at 10 PM and 7:30 PM

Saturday, October 2 at 7:30 PM

Sunday, October 3 at 2 PM

Calvin Berger is recommended for ages 11 and up.

For more information and to purchase tickets, go to or call 1(518) 244-2248

This production is generously sponsored by CDPHP, Cohoes Savings Foundation, The Rosenblum Companies, and Acme Wood Flooring.

For more information, call the Theatre Institute at Sage box office at (518) 244-2248 or purchase tickets on-line:, or visit our Facebook (@TheatreInstituteatSage), Instagram (@SageTheatre), and Twitter (@SageTheatre) to stay up to date on all our upcoming productions.

Established in February of 2011, the Theatre Institute at Sage is dedicated to providing quality live theatre and arts-in-education programming to Capital Region youth, educators and residents. The Institute also provides opportunities for Russell Sage students as performers, technicians and teachers. Programs include educational support services for Sage productions (such as in-class preparations, teacher dress rehearsals and study guides) as well as Saturday classes and camps during school breaks/summer for children ages 5-18. Programs take place on the Russell Sage College campus in Troy, NY.

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