ROCK SPRINGS – Western Wyoming Community College’s Theater Program presents “My Fair Lady” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 and 16, 21, 22 and 23 with a matinee at 2 p.m. on the 23.
Children under 5 are not permitted to the evening performances. However, they are welcome to attend the Saturday matinee. Tickets are $13 for adults and $8 for youth and seniors.
Lerner and Loewe’s “My Fair Lady” is a musical drama which tells the story of Henry Higgins, a phonetics professor, who is so sure of his abilities that he vows to transform Eliza Doolittle, a poor flower seller, into a lady who speaks proper English. The lessons soon reveal that their difference in backgrounds and more importantly, stubbornness, could prevent this from happening. The strange journey of this young lady and her transformation demonstrates the result of their hard work and dedication.
Eric-Richard de Lora, associate professor of musical theater, chose this musical simply because it has always been one of his favorites, it’s never been done at Western, and he’s always wanted to direct this show.
“The theme is about the value of education, learning, and self-betterment,” he said in the press release.
He thinks that this is one of the most important points of the show because education and learning are important in order to better one’s self.
One thing De Lora would like the audience to get from the show is to support local educational institutions and encourage them to send their children on to get a higher education.
“Support (your children) in their dreams and aspirations. It doesn’t matter how old or how young we are, we can all learn and all change. That is something important for the audience to think about,” he said.
Cory Schaeperkoetter, a second-year musical theater major from Rock Springs, portrays the character of Freddy Eynsford-Hill.
“My favorite part of the show has to be the piece I get to sing ‘On the Street Where You Live,’ because it represents Freddy’s character being completely love-struck and determined to show Eliza how much he truly loves her. I think this show is about how anyone can change who they are, despite their background, and we should all be treated with the same respect and kindness regardless of where we live or how much we make,” Schaeperkoetter said.
Kimberly Brown, a second-year musical theater and nursing major, portrays the character of Eliza Doolittle. She becomes a student of Professor Higgins, played by Mark Neels, the assistant professor of history at Western. Brown feels his character helps transform Eliza into who she is meant to be, according to the release.
Brown’s favorite part of the show is the song “Show Me.”
“I think it truly shows my character’s wide range of emotions and gives a great message too. Love isn’t just talk; it’s your actions that truly define your love for someone. We want to show the audience what the message of this story is and what we have learned from it,” Brown said.
For more information, call the Performing Arts Office at 307-382-1721 or visit www.westernwyoming.edu.