Oak Hill staging ‘My Fair Lady’

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WALES — Oak Hill High School’s Theatre in the Woods will present “My Fair Lady” at 7 p.m.,  Friday and Saturday, April 9 and 10, and at 2 p.m Sunday, April 11.

At one time the longest-running Broadway musical, “My Fair Lady” was adapted by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe from the George Bernard Shaw comedy “Pygmalion.” Outside Covent Garden on a rainy evening in 1912, dishevelled cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle (Heather McKinney) meets linguistic expert Henry Higgins (Ian Bouffard).

After delivering a musical tirade against “verbal class distinction,” Higgins tells his companion Colonel Pickering (Kenyon Fraser) that, within six months, he could transform Eliza into a proper lady, simply by teaching her proper English.

The next morning, face and hands freshly scrubbed, Eliza presents herself on Higgins’ doorstep, offering to pay him to teach her to be a lady. “It’s almost irresistable,” clucks Higgins. “She’s so deliciously low. So horribly dirty.”

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He turns his mission into a sporting proposition, making a bet with Pickering that he can accomplish his six-month miracle to turn Eliza into a lady. This is one of the all-time great musicals, featuring classic songs such as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “On the Street Where You Live,” and “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly.”

Other notable parts include Alfred Doolittle, played by Patrick Austin, Freddy Eynsford-Hill, played by Jacob Burnham, Mrs. Higgins performed by Amanda Bloss, and Mrs. Pierce, performed by Kelsey Linnell.

Rounding the cast are Heather Dostie, Sarah Crommett, Alex Johns, Patrick Caskin, Julie Morneault, Elijah Washburn, Bailey Ouellette, Nicole Ellis, Desiree Johns, Samantha Campbell, Gwenyth Fraser, September Brooks, Malina Bolduc, Stephanie Norwood, Marshall Larsen, Emily McLean, and Jack Champagne.

The production is directed by Lucy Rioux and assisted by Helen Sherman, with musical direction by John Neal. Costume mistress is Anne Thompson and lighting is by Chris Jones. Other crew members include Jack Champagne, Katie MacLagan, Arielle Buteau, Brian Holland, and Kathleen Brainerd.

Tickets will be available at the door. General admission is $8  and $5 for students and seniors. For more information, call 268-4136, ext. 216 or 375-4950, ext. 130.

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