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My Fair Lady Charms Its Way Onstage

April 25, 2019

Bryan’s Hilltop Players recently closed a weekend production of My Fair Lady, featuring the largest cast in a Bryan production since 2010. Over thirty actors brought the beloved show to life under the direction of Alexis Landry. Vaughn Cardona and Bernie Belisle served as music and technical directors, respectively. Jess McCuiston acted as director of choreography.

Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady is a musical adaption of the original play by George Bernard Shaw, which was adapted in turn from Gabriel Pascal’s Pygmalion. The story centers around Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl who takes speech lessons from professor Henry Higgins, a phoneticist, in order to pass as a lady. What begins as a bet between Higgins and his houseguest beings to blossom into something more.

Senior Isaac Hendrix, noted that, “The show breaks so many stereotypical conventions of what might be considered shallow, fairy-tale like storytelling. Don’t get me wrong, I do appreciate fairy tales, Disney, and all those types of stories as well. But I love how much more probing and contemplative such a show like this causes the audience (and the storytellers, for that matter) to be.”

Director and Instructor of Theater Alexis Landry reflected on the main character (played by freshman Theater major, Sophie Jaeger:

When I think about the story of My Fair Lady, the image that comes to mind is a small bunch of violets, simple and pretty. That’s it. You might be confused by that connection – but for me, this little bouquet represents something incredibly powerful: the way in which Eliza Doolittle changes everyone she meets. If you pay attention, the violets tell the story. Every principal character that crosses paths with Eliza is ultimately changed in some way.

Congratulations to the production crew and cast of My Fair Lady on a successful performance!

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