Rehearsals under way for ‘My Fair Lady’

"Just you wait!"

"Wouldn't it be love(r)ly" if, "With a little bit of luck," a legendary Lerner and Loewe musical came to a stage "On the street where you live"?

That's a musically corny way of reporting that, thanks to Vermillion Community Theatre, all of those songs and the rest of "My Fair Lady" as well will be here soon, just as sure as "the rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain."

The cast has been selected through auditions, and rehearsals began May 30 for the musical, which will be performed at the Vermillion High School Performing Arts Center on July 8-11.

Playgoers this summer won't see him onstage this time, but they will remember Kevin Earlywine, who starred in last summer's "Oklahoma!" as Curly.  The recent USD theater graduate is directing "My Fair Lady," assisted by Anthony Burbach as musical director, Rosy Soltero as stage manager and Kathryn Reimler as choreographer.  Brian Adams is technical director, Ben Kramer is set designer, Anthony Pellecchio is lighting director and Susan Heggestad is costumer.

Stephanie Maddox will star in the female lead role of Eliza Doolittle, the English lass spied selling flowers on the street by Professor Henry Higgins, played by David Hulac, who had the much different role of Jud Fry in "Oklahoma!"

Randy LaMie has been cast as Colonel Pickering, Joshua Kolb as Freddy Eynsford-Hill and David Burrow as Alfred P. Doolittle.

The cast also includes Cindy Aden as Mrs. Eynsford-Hill and Erin Conlon as Mrs. Higgins as well as Don Pryce, Abraham Painter, Clint Johnson, Kelsey Johannsen, Lynn Lawrensen, Randy Gingiss, Derek Iverson, Hannah Ford, Gretchen Burbach, Sue Kappenman, Nancy McCahren and Danielle Dornbusch.

Jasmine Martin, Alex Card, Derek Iverson and Megan Dawley will appear as street performers.  The queen's escorts are Ellen Hanson, Rosie Ahmed, Julie Renner and Holly Irwin.  The cockney quartet includes Bryce Mayrose, Kurt Hackemer, Caleb Olson and Joshua Kolb.

In addition to actors already mentioned, others appearing in the various choruses are George Schlenker, Evelyn Schlenker, Carrie Prentice, Jack Fuller and Grace Kjelden.

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