Join us for our next Play Reading project. We are auditioning, casting, rehearsing, and performing via Livestream George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion. This is the stage play that was the inspiration for the Broadway musical and the film, My Fair Lady.
We are using a platform called Play It Forward that was developed by On The Stage for virtual performances.
About the play: Pygmalion, a play by the Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, tells the story of Eliza Doolittle and how she wants to move up in society from the working class to an upper-class woman. She approaches Henry Higgins, a phonetics professor, who takes her on as a pupil but only to win a bet with his friend Colonel Pickering. The play goes on to show Eliza’s change from low-class wretch to upper-class lady and eventually breaking away from Higgins to live her own life.
Auditions: Please upload a short video reciting the poem Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll in your best British Accent! Simply fill out this google form, upload your video to it and submit it by Tuesday, May 26th at 11:59 p.m. You will be notified Wednesday, May 27th if you have been cast.
Community Orientation – Thursday, May 28 at 7 p.m.
Prior to this meeting, you will receive an email that allows you to join the production online.
Rehearsals: June 2, 4, and 9 at 7 p.m. through the Play It Forward platform you’ve already accessed. Rehearsals will be no longer than 2 hours. Dialect training will be provided!
Tech Rehearsal: Thursday, June 11 at 7 p.m.
Live Streamed Reading: Saturday, June 13 at 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation
Cast party to follow
Professor Henry Higgins (the note-taker in ACT 1) Higgins is a forty-year-old bachelor who specializes in phonetics and is an acclaimed authority on the subject of dialects, accents, and phonetics.
Eliza Doolittle She is an uneducated, uncouth “guttersnipe,” the flower girl whom Higgins (for a dare) decides to mold into a duchess. She is probably twenty years younger than Higgins. (18-25)
Alfred Doolittle Eliza’s father; he is a dustman with a sonorous voice and a Welsh accent, who proudly believes in his position as a member of the “undeserving poor.” (50’s-60’s)
Colonel Pickering (the Gentleman in ACT 1) A distinguished retired officer and the author of Spoken Sanskrit. He has come to England to meet the famous Professor Henry Higgins. He is courteous and polite to Eliza, and he shares in Higgins’ phonetics experiments in teaching Eliza to speak as a duchess. (60’s)
Mrs. Higgins Henry Higgins’ mother, who thoroughly loves her son but also thoroughly disapproves of his manners, his language, and his social behavior. (60’s)
Mrs. Eynsford-Hill (mother at the beginning) A lady of the upper-middle class who is in a rather impoverished condition but is still clinging to her gentility. (50’s)
Clara Eynsford-Hill (daughter at the beginning) Her daughter; she tries to act the role of the modern, advanced young person. (20-25)
Freddy Eynsford-Hill Her son; he is a pleasant young man who is enchanted by Eliza upon first meeting her. (18-25)
Mrs. Pearce Professor Higgins’ housekeeper of long standing. She is the one who first sees the difficulty of what is to happen to Eliza after Higgins and Pickering have finished their experiment with her.
The Bystander-minor role.
The Sarcastic Bystander-minor role