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July 9, 2004


Enchanting "My Fair Lady" Final Show of SCVST Season

"My Fair Lady," by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, will dazzle audiences in River Falls from July 29 to Aug. 1 and Aug. 3-7 at 7:30 p.m., with the Aug. 1 performance at 2 p.m. The musical will take place in Davis Theatre of the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building at UW-River Falls.

This famous story follows Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl, who agrees to take speech lessons from phonetician Henry Higgins in order to fulfill her dream of working in a flower shop. Eliza succeeds so well, however, that she outgrows her social situation and even manages to get Henry to fall in love with her.

One of the longest-running musicals in Broadway history, "My Fair Lady" originally opened at the Mark Hellinger Theatre on March 15, 1956. It enjoyed a run of 2,717 performances during more than nine years. The original production featured Rex Harrison as Henry Higgins and Julie Andrews as Eliza. The 1964 film version starred Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway and Audrey Hepburn.

Timeless songs from "My Fair Lady" include "The Rain in Spain," "I've Grown Accustomed to her Face," and "I Could Have Danced All Night." Professional New York actor and director Phil Bratnober makes his directing debut at SCVST with this production of "My Fair Lady."

Bratnober, a native of St. Paul, now teaches theatre at Woodbury (Minn.) High School. Rochelle Oldham, a student from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, will be starring as Eliza Doolittle. The role of Henry Higgins is being portrayed by Michael Paul Levin, a Minneapolis actor seen recently in the Park Square Theatre's production of "Gershwin the Klezmer."

Don't miss the SCVST''s production of "My Fair Lady." Ticket prices are: adult: $14; student/senior $12; children 12 and under $10; and UWRF students $5. Tickets may be purchased at the SCVST Box Office in the KFA lobby from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily and from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the nights of performances. Reservations may also be made by calling the box office at (715) 425-3114 or 1-800-228-5423.

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