Character Descriptions

My Fair Lady

Sunday, September 8, 2024 at 7:30pm
Monday, September 9, 2024 at 7:30pm

Callbacks: Tuesday, September 10, 2024 at 7:30pm

Opens Friday, November 8, 2024

Plot Synopsis

My Fair Lady is a beautiful musical about transformation, patronage, gender politics and class, based on George Bernard Shaw’s play, Pygmalion. Acclaimed Professor and confirmed bachelor Henry Higgins makes a wager with his linguistic colleague Colonel Pickering that in six months he can pass off “gutter snipe” Eliza Doolittle as a duchess at an embassy ball. Through arduous training, day and night, Eliza learns how to speak English “properly,” and transforms into a lady respected and adored by all classes. Along the way she bewitches young Freddy Einsford-Hill into falling in love with her, and convinces a supposed linguistics expert that she is royalty. Through her transformation process, Eliza forges a deep connection with Colonel Pickering and most especially with Professor Higgins. However, she finds herself in a difficult position, now too refined to go back to her old life and not with any means or desire to live life as a lady of leisure – especially by herself. When Higgins completely fails to acknowledge Eliza’s role in her own transformation, she leaves his home. It is only then that Higgins realizes that he cares deeply for Eliza. The play ends with Eliza’s return to Higgins’ home, and the ending is left ambiguous, yet it is beloved for being both one of the cleverest and one of the most romantic plays of all time.

All Roles Open

Role Description
Eliza Doolittle The cockney flower-girl who Professor Higgins tries to civilize. She is warm, high spirited and self-reliant. (Must have cockney accent as well as standard British)
Henry Higgins The conceited professor of linguistics who attempts to transform a cockney flower-girl, Eliza, into a well-bread lady. He is eccentric, vital, energetic, and not in touch with his emotions.
Alfred P. Doolittle Eliza's fun-loving father who loves to indulge in alcohol. He is good-natured and has lots of friends.
Col. Hugh Pickering The amiable linguist friend of Professor Higgins.
Freddy Eynsford-Hill The handsome upper-class young man who falls in love with Eliza. (sings “On The Street Where You Live”)
Mrs. Higgins Professor Higgins self-assured, wealthy, classy, and elegant mother.
Mrs. Pearce Professor Higgins housekeeper who acts as a surrogate mother to Eliza.
Zoltan Karpathy A Hungarian student of languages. *This actor has to do some ballroom dancing.
Butler Higgins' household employee
Harry Drinking companion of Alfred Doolittle. (Must sing, part of the quartet)
Jamie Drinking companion of Alfred Doolittle. (Must sing, part of the quartet)
Mrs. Eynsford-Hill Freddy's high-society mother. Very stuffy
Ensemble Singer and dancers for the Ensemble who will play various Ascot racetrack devotees, Embassy Ball patrons, Servants, cockneys, opera goers, street buskers