Glencoe students present three endings to 'My Fair Lady'
If community members go see Glencoe High School's production of "My Fair Lady," they'll get to choose the ending.
Glencoe students have rehearsed three different endings and will perform one of them after audience members pick a number.
"We're really excited," said Glencoe drama teacher Lori Daliposon. "The kids have had an amazing time."
"My Fair Lady" tells the story of the upper-class Henry Higgins' determination to turn "gutter-snipe" Eliza Doolittle into a lady. Henry, however, gets far more than he bargains for when Eliza is brighter, stronger and more alluring than he could have imagined.
There will be showings Friday, Feb. 16, Saturday, Feb. 17, Friday, Feb. 23 and Saturday, Feb. 24. Friday showings will be at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday showings will be at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Glencoe's theater department will be performing all the song and dance numbers made popular by the 1950s Broadway musical starring Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews. But it will focus more on the ambiguous ending found in "Pygmallion," by George Bernard Shaw, which was first seen on stage in 1913.
In the 1964 movie version of "My Fair Lady" starring Audrey Hepburn, there is a lot of romantic tension, Daliposon said.
"But that's not necessarily what Shaw wants to happen," she said.
Pygmallion's ending "is much more ambiguous and open to interpretation," Daliposon said.
In "Pygmallion," Henry Higgins turns Eliza Doolittle onto the street after she's transformed into a lady. What happens after that isn't clear.
"It's an interesting show to look at through a modern lens," Daliposon said. "It's an interesting time to do a show like this with topics of feminism and the treatment of women and classism."
While the department has had a lot of fun with the show, Daliposon said, they've also had the chance to talk about these more serious issues, covering what has changed since the work was written and what seems very much the same.
The student cast is large: Damarcus Baker, Kylie Gibson, Marco Copeland, Kai Avedovech, Alex Shearer, Josh Merritt, Lily Spellman, Alex Mixer, Carlie Colvin, Trinity Kozak, Lucas Strelchun, Ivy Arch, Ashtyn Kim, Alyssa Dulaney, Alyssa Spellman and Ian Dolbec have landed roles in the show.
In addition, there are hard-working orchestra members — mostly students — and a devoted group of adult directors.
By Stephanie Haugen
Reporter, Forest Grove News-Times
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