Performance dates/times: Preview March 23 – 7 p.m.
March 26 – 3 p.m.
March 30, 31, April 1, Matinee – 2 p.m. & Evening Finale 7 p.m.
Coming to the Aptos High Performing Arts Center: My Fair Lady, A Musical Comedy based on the Greek play Pygmalion, with book by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. The production features a cast and crew of more than 50 Aptos High students and a live 20-piece orchestra made up of volunteer community members and students, lead by Terrel Eaton.
The story takes place in 1913 England, during the Edwardian era. It follows a lower class flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, who comes under the mentorship of Henry Higgins, a respected linguist. Over the course of the show, Higgins tries his best to convert the lowly girl to more “civilized” ways and, in the process, grows closer to Eliza.
The show is full of classic hits such as “Rain in Spain,” “Get Me to the Church on Time,” “Wouldn’t it Be Loverly,” and “On the Street Where you Live.” The Broadway production opened on March 15, 1956 with an original cast that included Rex Harrison, Julie Andrews and Stanley Holloway, as well as Robert Coote, Cathleen Nesbitt, John Michael King, and Reid Shelton.
This cast of Aptos High School students features seniors Savannah Smith and Liam Kuhn as Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins, along with junior Ethan Abelar as Higgins’ colleague and fellow linguist, Colonel Pickering. Playing Eliza’s untamed father, Alfred P. Doolittle, is senior Jacob Bayani. Rounding out the lead roles is junior Bella McCord as Professor Higgins’ housemaid, Mrs. Pearce. Stage manager Sophia Tatum-McNeilly, a senior, leads the production crew.
Reserved seating is available when purchasing tickets online on the Aptos High School homepage at www.aptoshs.net) with a 50¢ per ticket fee. Non-reserved tickets sold at the door, subject to availability, 30 minutes before curtain.