Dinner and a show

Theatre hosts production of “My Fair Lady”

By Christian Hunick
On November 30, 2017

Photo by Axel Marcenaro
Performers strut their stuff after a performance of "With a Little Bit of Luck".

University Theatre made their debut of "My Fair Lady" on Nov. 29 at the annual holiday dinner theatre.

The musical is based on George Bernard Shaw’s play "Pygmalion," with music and lyrics by Lerner and Loewe.

The show tells the story of Cockney working class girl Eliza Dolittle, who is transformed into an elegant member of high society Edwardian London by a pompous phonetics professor named Henry Higgins.

Many consider "My Fair Lady" to have one of musical theater’s greatest scores, with such songs as "Wouldn’t it Be Lovely," "With a Little Bit of Luck," "The Rain in Spain," "I Could Have Danced All Night," "On the Street Where You Live," "Get Me to the Church on Time," and "I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face."

"I think the play was a great choice musically because the music is complex and very beautiful," senior Bryce Real, who plays Alfred P. Doolittle, said. "I think it is a nice revisit to the past. It’s a different style of music that we generally don’t listen to these days."

ASU Theatre’s performance of "My Fair Lady" is under the direction of Assistant Director of University Theatre Mike Burnett, who doubles as the play’s scenic designer.

The cast includes Zaynah Marsh as Eliza Doolittle, Jacob Scott as Colonel Pickering, Nicholas Dietrick as Freddy Eynsford-Hill, Bryce Real as Alfred P. Doolittle, and Corbin Stevens as Henry Higgins.

Higgins said this year will be his fifth since he began doing theatre.

"I knew I wanted to be an actor since I was a little kid, but it wasn’t until my junior year of high school that I finally found my way into theatre," Higgins said. "I ended up in a role that I didn’t even mean to get, but it was the best thing that ever happened to me."

Future performances will be on Dec. 2 and Dec. 6-9 starting at 8 p.m., with dinner served at 6:45 p.m. There will also be Saturday matinee performances at 1 p.m. on Dec. 2 and Dec. 9, with food service starting at 11:45 a.m., as well as a Sunday matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Dec. 3, with dinner food starting at 12:45 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for the general public, $15 for Arts at ASU subscribers and non-ASU students, and $12.50 for ASU students and ASU Activity Card holders. Performances take place in the ASU Modular Theatre, located in the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building by the box office.

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