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“My Fair Lady” opens next at Rabbit Run Theater

Rabbit Run
June 13, 2018

Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, “My Fair Lady” opens June 22 at Rabbit Run Theater in Madison.  “My Fair Lady” is adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s play and Gabriel Pascal’s motion picture “PYGMALION”.  The book and lyrics are by Alan Jay Lerner and the music is by Frederick Loewe

With such familiar melodies as “I Could Have Danced All Night”, “With a Little Bit of Luck” and “On the Street Where You Live”, “My Fair Lady” is one of this country’s most popular and enduring musicals. 

The unrefined flower girl Eliza Doolittle has an unmistakable Cockney accent which keeps her in the lower rungs of London society. Fascinated with Eliza’s accent, Professor Henry Higgins takes on the task of turning Eliza into a lady extraordinaire only to have the experiment blow up in his face.

“My Fair Lady” is directed by Brint Learned, executive director of Rabbit Run Community Arts Association in Madison. For the past 20 years, Learned has acted and directed at numerous theaters in Northeast Ohio, including The Fine Arts Association, The Beck Center for the Arts, Lakeland Civic Theatre, Lake Erie College and Ashtabula Arts Center. 

“My Fair Lady has been on our bucket list for years, but the timing was never quite right,” said Learned.  ”The stars finally aligned, and a wonderfully talented group of actors and musicians have been brought together to bring this classic musical to life.”

Musical direction is provided by Danielle Jones with choreography by Heather Felden.

Playing the role of Eliza Doolittle is Lindsey Leonard.  Leonard has performed opera and musical theater roles in Cleveland area theaters including Cleveland Opera Theater, Kent State University, Baldwin Wallace College, The Beck Center, Cain Park, Lakeland Civic Theatre as well as Rabbit Run Theater.  She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music and her Master of Music degree from Kent State University.

Playing the part of Henry Higgins is Carl Simoncic.  Simoncic holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from Miami University and has performed in numerous shows at the Fine Arts Association, Geauga Lyric Theatre Guild and Rabbit Run Theater.

Also appearing in this production is Greg Gnau as Colonel Pickering, Tom Hill as Mr. Doolittle, Mim Goloboff as Mrs. Higgins and Thomas Horen as Freddy.

 “My Fair Lady” opens Friday, June 22, and runs through Saturday, July 14 and is rated for general audiences suitable for family entertainment.

 Tickets for all performances are available by calling the box office at 440-428-7092, Wednesday through Sunday, 3 to 7 p.m. or on line at www.rabbitrunonline.org.  Tickets are $24, adult; $22, senior and student; and $11 for youth 12 and under.  For group packages and rates call 440-428-5913.

Saturday, July 14, is Rabbit Run’s annual summer fundraiser, “My Fair Bunny, a Loverly Evening”  A garden party will include heavy hors d’oeuvres, sandwiches, salads and more while guests bid on silent, Chinese and live auction items.  The evening culminates with a performance of “My Fair Lady”.  Tickets are $60 a person or $520 for a table of eight.  Tickets are available online, at the box office or the RRCAA office at 440-428-5913.

Also available are raffle tickets for a chance to win a trip to London, England.  The winner will enjoy a week in a two-bedroom condo in Hyde Park near Kensington as well as a voucher for $2,500 to be used for travel expenses and/or entertainment.  The winner may instead choose a $4,000 cash option.  Only 250 tickets will be sold.  Tickets are $50 each and available at the box office, online or at the Rabbit Run office.  All proceeds benefit RRCAA.

Guests are welcome to bring a picnic meal to enjoy on the grounds of the theater prior to a show in the new picnic pavilion or courtyards.

All shows for “My Fair Lady” begin at 7:30 p.m.  Rabbit Run Theater is located at 5648 W. Chapel Rd., Madison, OH. Rabbit Run receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, Remarkable Lake County, OH, Arts and Culture Program, Hearn Plumbing and Heating, Huffman-Mayer Wealth Management Group and Lighthouse Advisers.

Rabbit Run Theater is one of the few barn theaters still in operation and operates under the auspices of Rabbit Run Community Arts Association, a non-profit organization offering year-round instruction in all the major disciplines of the fine and performing arts.

Photo courtesy of Kathy Sandham.

 
 
 
 
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