‘My Fair Lady’ coming to TPAC

THS drama prodcution will feature live orchestra

Templeton High School Drama will present Lerner and Loewe’s “My Fair Lady” at the Templeton Performing Arts Center for eight showings this month. Show times will be March 15 -17, 22-24 at 7 p.m. with Saturday matinees March 17 and 24 at 2 p.m.

This production will be directed by award-winning Catherine Kingsbury, manager of Templeton Performing Arts Center, and assistant director and vocal coach Lauren Josephs. The show will also feature a live orchestra (including 15 Templeton High School students) conducted by David Landers, with choreography by Suzy Miller. In all, 50 students will help bring the production to life.

Kingsbury said it is very exciting to have a live orchestra, something that only happens every few years due to the difficulty in working around the schedules of all those involved.

“My Fair Lady” was chosen for many reasons, one being the timeless score with songs such as “Wouldn’t it be Loverly,” “The Rain in Spain,” “With a Little Bit of Luck,” “Get me to the Church” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to her Face.”

Lerner and Loewe’s “My Fair Lady” is based on a 1913 stage play titled “Pygmalion,” written by George Bernard Shaw.

“Shaw was a major supporter of women’s emancipation,” Kingsbury said. “He believed in activism. Intellect and words were his weapons. He championed equity for those who had no voice in society — the underprivileged and women.”

In the original play by Shaw, the story is based on the classical myth of a sculptor who falls in love with one of his creations.

Shaw did not favor the idea of turning his play into a musical but after his death, in 1950, Lerner and Loewe put together the Broadway musical “My Fair Lady.”

The show was later adapted into the 1964 film starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison. The film won eight Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Writing Adapted Screenplay. The film also won three Golden Globe Awards including Best Motion Picture and Best Actor.

The story, set in the Edwardian era in London, is about an arrogant phonetics professor, Henry Higgins, who agrees to a wager to turn Eliza Doolittle, a young flower peddler with a Cockney accent, into an upper-class lady by teaching her to speak with a proper British accent.

“This show has such a beautiful score and everyone knows and loves the songs,” Kingsbury said. “The characters are also fun to play for the students. We’re approaching our production much more from Shaw’s original concept of the characters and themes. Eliza is not so much in love with Higgins as she is enamored of the life he promises for her. I think our audiences will find a much more independent and modern Eliza than past productions, while still being true to the script and score.”

Tickets for general admission will cost $15 and $12 for students and seniors 55 and over. Tickets are available at: https://thsmfl.brownpapertickets.com as well as at the door. The Box office will be open one hour prior to show time.


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