Tuesday 24 – Saturday 28 October 2017
Director: Kim Seymour
Musical Director: Justin Luke
Hailed by critics and audiences for its heart and its wit, My Fair Lady is a beautiful musical about transformation, patronage, gender politics and class, based on George Bernard Shaw’s play, Pygmalion. The plot is relatively simple. Acclaimed Professor and confirmed bachelor Henry Higgins makes a wager with his linguistic colleague Colonel Pickering that in six months he can pass off gutter snipe Eliza Doolittle as a duchess at an embassy ball. Through arduous training, day and night, Eliza learns how to speak English properly, and transforms into a lady respected and adored by all classes. Along the way she bewitches young Freddy Einsford-Hill into falling in love with her, and convinces a supposed linguistics expert that she is royalty. However, she finds herself in a difficult position, now too refined to go back to her old life and not with any means or desire to live life as a lady of leisure. It’s an ambitious project for the Players; with 18 scenes and nine different settings. There are 23 speaking parts (17 of whom are male!?!) and 14 non-speaking parts; plus lots of singing and dancing for the ensemble. The main leads are:-
Henry Higgins, Baritone
Eliza Doolittle, Soprano
Colonel Pickering, Baritone
Mrs. Pearce, Mezzo-Soprano
Freddy Eynsford-Hill, Tenor
Alfred P. Doolittle, Baritone
Professor Zoltan Karpathy, Spoken
Mrs. Higgins, Spoken
Mrs. Eynsford-Hill, Spoken
Come join us for the presentation evening on Tuesday 13th June at the Grove; followed by audition practice for those wanting to audition for lead parts on Thursday 15th June.
Auditions will be from 2pm on Sunday 18th June at the Haslemere Hall.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email Kim.