Wouldn’t It Be Loverly To See MY FAIR LADY!
MCT presents MY FAIR LADY, opening Friday, April 28, 2017 and continuing Friday and Saturday evenings with Sunday matinees through Sunday, May 7, 2017. All performances will be at The Shannondell Performing Arts Theater, 10000 Shannondell Blvd in Audubon, PA.
Adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s play and Gabriel Pascal’s motion picture, Pygmalion, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, MY FAIR LADY is the winner of seven Tony Awards throughout its history and succeeds at being both a sharp-witted satire and an American Cinderella story at the same time. Featuring one of the greatest musical scores which makes it a keystone of musical theater, it has frequently been called “the perfect musical”.
The time is 1912. The place is London. Professor Henry Higgins, a brilliant, snobbish, middle-aged bachelor and England’s leading phoneticist who is so certain of his abilities accepts a wager to transform a poor, working-class Cockney flower girl into a cultured lady of high society. The subject of his “experiment” is the lovely Eliza Doolittle, who has come to Professor Higgins for lessons on improving her speech to become more gentile and broaden her employment opportunities. But the journey to successful poise and grace is beleaguered as Eliza begins to blossom, endearing herself to all around her, while Higgins must accept that she has become an entirely independent, admirable woman and he will have a difficult time getting on without her. Nevertheless, a rather unlikely bond forms between the two along the road to spanning the gap of cultured society to lower class Edwardian England. MY FAIR LADY features an iconic score which includes such songs as “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly,” “The Rain In Spain,” “With A Little Bit Of Luck,” and “I Could Have Danced All Night” to name just a few.
Christy Chory of Paoli is the headstrong Eliza Doolittle opposite Jonathan Sills of Wyndmoor as Professor Henry Higgins. Colonel Pickering, a retired British officer and student of Indian dialects, is played by Clark Van Hekken of Blue Bell. The role of Eliza’s squalid father, Alfred Doolittle with his somewhat unorthodox philosophy of life, is John Corkum of Creamery with Brett Kahn of Philadelphia as the lovesick Freddy Eynsford-Hill. Rounding out the cast is Beverly Albertus (Mrs. Pearce) of Phoenixville, Brenda Hunsberger (Mrs. Higgins) of Collegeville plus a twenty-three member ensemble cast of featured London down-trodden and elite singers and dancers.
MY FAIR LADY is directed by Neal Newman of Berwyn, assisted by Elizabeth Butler of Philadelphia. Choreography is courtesy of Dee Suprenant of Phoenixville with vocal music direction provided by Michael Smith of Royersford. Show Producers are Loretta Rurode, Lauren Franz and Nancy Randall. Other production team members include Heather Bernard (Stage Manager), Susan Carney (Costume Coordination), Dean Soltes (Lights and Lighting Design), Don Otto (Sound Design and Operation), Emily Hromada and Marybeth Richmond (Set Design and Decoration) and Rebecca Roberts (Props). An orchestra of twenty-five talented local musicians led by Michael Smith accompanies the cast giving rise to this remarkable MY FAIR LADY production on the Shannondell stage.
Tickets for MY FAIR LADY are at $18.00 for ages 12-61 with a discounted price of $15.00 for Seniors 62+ and Children under 12. Ticket prices include a 10% Lower Providence Township Entertainment Tax. Performances are April 28 and 29 and May 5 and 6 at 7:30 PM with matinee performances on April 30 and May 7 at 2:00 PM. For tickets and information call (610) 489-6449 or visit www.methactoncommunitytheater.org. All patron parking is located in the Giant parking lot across from the Shannondell entrance on Egypt Road. A FREE shuttle is provided to bring patrons to the handicapped accessible theater.
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