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Lerner and Loewe's award-winning story of a cockney flower girl transformed into an elegant lady is widely considered one of the greatest musicals of all times. When My Fair Lady opened on Broadway with Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison, it collected six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, while the film version with Audrey Hepburn and Harrison took home eight Oscars, including Best Picture. Charleston Light Opera Guild will present this masterpiece at the Charleston Civic Center Little Theatre on April 28, 29 and May 4, 5, 6, 11 and 12, 2018. The Guild has not produced this timeless classic in 25 years.

Based on George Bernard Shaw's play, Pygmalion, My Fair Lady is that rare musical by which all others are measured. Eliza Doolittle is a young flower seller with an unmistakable Cockney accent which keeps her in the lower rungs of Edwardian society. When Professor Henry Higgins tries to teach her how to speak like a proper lady, an unlikely friendship begins to flourish. With a book by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe the musical features one of Broadway's greatest scores, including Wouldn't It Be Loverly?, With a Little Bit of Luck, The Rain in Spain, I Could Have Danced All Night, Get Me to the Church on Time, I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face and On the Street Where You Live.
CHARACTERS: (Ages 15 – adult)
Henry Higgins – Leading male, baritone (speaks most of his songs in rhythm); brilliant and crotchety middle aged bachelor who is England's leading professor of phonetics

Eliza Doolittle – leading female, soprano; little Cockney gutter sparrow

Colonel Pickering – male lead, baritone; friend of Henry Higgins and fellow linguistic expert

Alfred P. Doolittle – supporting male, baritone; Eliza's father, a dustman

Freddy Eynsford-Hill – supporting male, bari-tenor; handsome young aristocrat and Eliza's suitor

Mrs. Higgins – supporting female; Henry Higgin's socialite mother

Mrs. Pearce – supporting female, mezzo-soprano; Higgin's housekeeper

Zoltan Karpathy – supporting male, non-singing; Henry Higgins' former student and rival

Jamie and Harry – 2 featured Busker males, one tenor, one baritone; they back up Colonel Pickering in song and dance

Cameo Roles include Ms. Eynsford Hill, Bartender, Lord Boxington, Lady Boxington, Flower Girl, Footman, Selsey Man, Hoxton Man, Queen of Transylvania and more
Servants – singing roles; servants in the Higgins' household that harmonize
Ascot Gavotte Chorus
Dancers – buskers and society waltzing couples

AUDITIONS: SINGING – Monday February 12, 7:00 pm No a capella, please!
Prepare a classic Broadway song (bring selection for Guild accompanist if not singing from score)
READING – Tuesday February 13, 7:00 pm – Scripts will be provided
DANCE – Thursday February 15, 7:00 pm Prompt! – Dress to dance; combinations will be taught
All auditions will be at the Charleston Light Opera Guild Theatre, 411 Tennessee Ave. Charleston

Nina Denton Pasinetti is director/choreographer; John Marshall is musical director.

 

 

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