Following a hiatus of the annual winter musical due to the pandemic, Darlington's fine arts department and The Darlington Players will present "My Fair Lady" Feb. 25-27 at the Rome City Auditorium. Showtime is 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Showtime for the Sunday matinee is 2 p.m.
The musical follows Eliza Doolittle, a poor Cockney flower girl, as she works with Professor Henry Higgins on her speech to pass as a proper lady in English society in the early 20th Century.
"The cast is thrilled to be preparing for another live production at the beautiful Rome City Auditorium!" said Shelley Daniel, theater director. "It has been two years since we performed 'Shrek' in the space, and this will be our first indoor show since then. We are grateful for the opportunity."
This production features 30 Upper School students contributing as actors, crew, student staff and musicians. Seniors Kathryn Davidson and Grayson Davis are playing the lead roles of Eliza Doolittle and Professor Henry Higgins, respectively. The script offers a variety of roles, and most members of the ensemble are playing three to six different characters. Sixteen actors will be transforming between each scene, stepping into 45 different roles, physicalities and personalities, as well as over 95 costumes and three different accents throughout the show.
"I am most proud of the songs that involve our entire company," said Davidson. "The harmonies in this show can be challenging to learn when the melodies are so familiar to us, but when we finish learning a song, it is so exciting to hear the parts fit so beautifully together"
Other faculty members working on the production include Alex Johnson, choral director; Damon Harvey, band teacher; and Kim Tunnell, director of fine arts.
Ticket reservations were made available to the Darlington Community earlier this week, and are now available to the general public. Reserved tickets are $15 and general admission tickets are $10. COVID-19 protocols will be outlined during the ticketing process.
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Kathryn Davidson ('22)....Eliza Doolittle
Grayson Davis ('22)....Henry Higgins
Ben Scarbrough ('22)....Colonel Hugh Pickering
Grace Ann Lundy ('22)....Mrs. Pearce, Mrs. Hopkins, Lady Boxington
Parker Scott ('23)....Alfred P. Doolittle, Lord Boxington, Footman
J.R. Johnson ('24)....Freddy Einsford-Hill, Jamie, Zoltan Karpathy, Footman
Janet Scott-Crossland ('22)....Mrs. Higgins, Peasant Woman
Claire Smith ('23)....George, Constable, Charles, Embassy Footman
Orafiri Koko ('24)....Mrs. Einsford-Hill, Peasant Woman, Maid, Servant for Mrs. Higgins
Oliver Liu ('24)....Sir Reginald Tarrington, Peasant Man, Butler
Emma Chen ('24)....Dr. Themistocles Stephanos, Peasant Man, Society Lady, Footman
Kathryn Wilson ('24)....Society Lady, Peasant Man, Maid, Peasant Woman, Queen
Maggie Redding ('25)....Harry, Lady Tarrington, Maid
Julia Beauchamp ('25)....Lady Stephanos, Peasant Woman, Maid
Mary Kebede ('23)....Society Lady, Peasant Woman, Crew
Caroline Warden ('23)....Society Lady, Peasant Woman, Crew
Taylor Zhang ('24)....Assistant Director
Cindy Zhou ('23)....Stage Manager, Poster Art Designer
Wesley Inman ('23)....Crew
Kimberly Johnston ('24)....Crew
Xiya Burton ('24)....Crew
Daniella Argamasilla ('25)....Crew
Ziyi Yang ('22)....Pit Musician
Ruby Zhang ('22)....Pit Musician
Doris Kang ('22)....Pit Musician
William Wang ('23)....Pit Musician
Sara Botwinik ('23)....Pit Musician
Annie Yang ('24)....Pit Musician
Chloe Zhao ('24)....Pit Musician