Tuesday, April 23, 2024

“My Fair Lady” coming to the Granbury Opera House stage

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The musical “My Fair Lady” hit the Granbury Opera House stage Feb. 23 in continuation of the Broadway on the Brazos season under the direction of Jarrett Self, assisted by Garrett Hollowell. The story is based on the 1938 film adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s 1913 play and Gabriel Pascal’s motion picture “Pygmalion.”

The play was turned into a musical film in 1964, adapted from the Broadway musical that starred Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn; the film won eight Academy Awards.

The story follows Eliza Doolittle, a rough Cockney girl, with the role shared between Marisa Lynae Hampton and Audrey Randall. Eliza meets Professor Henry Higgins, played by Jake Hamilton, in a garden where she’s selling flowers. Her accent keeps her in the lower rungs of Edwardian society. Higgins tells Eliza he can help her speak properly and raise her status within the community and Eliza agrees to the offer. From this agreement an unlikely friendship begins to grow between Higgins and Eliza.

The rest of the cast features Darren Clark as Col. Pickering, Gavin Clark as Alfred P. Doolittle, Zachary Ketcham as Freddy Eynsford-Hill, Michele Mastick as Mrs. Pearce, John David Dvorak and Mackenna Clark as featured dancers, Hannah Horton as Harry, Jackson Scheer as Jamie, Carson Clay as Professor Zoltan Karpathy, Jennifer Nickell as Mrs. Higgins, Haley Twaddell as Mrs. Eynsford-Hill, Connie Ingram as the maid, and Elija Poole as the valet.

Ashely Green is the musical director working alongside Julia Huggins, choreographer. Tiffany Wynne is the costume designer, and Colton Lively will serve as hair and makeup designer. The scenic designer is Eme Looney and prop master is Bentleigh Nesbit. Joseph Pilgrim is the sound designer, whereas Natalis Guess is the lighting designer. The stage manager is Rodney Hudson, assisted by Alvaro Aguilar.

"Granbury Theatre Company is so excited to bring the classic musical 'My Fair Lady' to the Granbury Opera House. This production is a testament to the timeless charm and enduring wit of this beloved story, showcasing the incredible talent of our cast, crew and production team,” Micky Shearon, president and managing director of the GTC told the HCN. “'My Fair Lady' not only captures the transformative power of education and the subtle nuances of social class, but also enchants with its memorable music and lyrical brilliance. We invite the community to join us for a night of splendid theatre, as we bring the streets of London to the heart of Texas in what promises to be an unforgettable performance."

The performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays through March 24. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show time with no outside food or drink allowed in the theatre.

Tickets are available through the GTC box office at (817) 579-0952 or online at www.granburytheatrecompany.org. Tickets are $35 for the floor and $30 for the balcony. Discounts are available for seniors aged 65 and older, active-duty military service members, veterans, children and students. Online and box office processing fees apply.

All sales are final with no refunds or cancellations. Late seating is only allowed at the discretion of the house manager. Camera, video recording and cell phone use is strictly prohibited.