2nd Star Productions My Fair LadyBy Laura & Mike Clark • Jun 4th, 2008 • Category: Reviews
Listen to our review of 2nd Star Productions’ My Fair Lady [MP3 5:47 2.6MB].
2nd Star Productions
Bowie Playhouse, Bowie, MD
$18/$15 Students and Seniors
Through June 28th
Mike: My Fair Lady is a musical based upon Goerge Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. Phonetics professor Henry Higgins’ experiment is to transform Cockney flower seller Eliza Doolittle into a lady.
Laura: I liked this show. I thought the singing was good. There was a live orchestra that was not overpowering in the Bowie Playhouse and everyone could be heard. There was a nice blend of voices and I enjoyed it.
Mike: I also enjoyed the show. It was a familiar piece, but I had a good time. The singing was top notch. The music was very good and the set and costumes had a lot of attention to detail.
Laura: Phonetics professor Henry Higgins was played by Gary Seddon. I think he did a great job. His character was really annoying. He was brusque and forthright. He really didn’t care about anybody else’s feelings which he brought out. Especially in the opening scene between him and Eliza Doolittle when they were discussing how to speak proper English. he just couldn’t get it and he was getting so frustrated and really mean to her. My heart went out to her because I just wanted to smack him.
Mike: I think Seddon really had that air of superiority that a professor can get. Eliza however, took affront and tried to tell him what he could do to his attitude. Somehow that intrigued him. I really liked the subtle ways he would look at her across the stage.
Laura: The role of Eliza Doolittle was played by Pamela Day. I liked her lucky spirit. She had a good voice. My favorite scene was towards the end of the musical when Prof. Higgins and Col. Pickering were congratulating themselves on the wonderful job they did in turning a flower seller into a lady. Looking over and seeing the hurt and the anger on her face was both telling and believable.
Col. Pickering, the East Indian linguist, was played by Eddie Chell. He also grew to love Eliza as the show went on. He was not able to explore that too much. But at the end of the show as he was leaving for his final exit he talked about how he needed to find her and that he missed her. He did make the part his own. He was very upright and forthright as well. He did try to temper some of Higgin’s bombast as Higgins would try to get what he wanted no matter what.
I liked the scene between Col. Pickering and Higgins mother (played by Kathy McBee) when he was explaining to her in a very round about method as to what would be happening at the Ascot Country Club. I think the two of them together had a spark that was not romantic, but it showed that they were two strong characters.
Laura: This was a musical and there were several dance numbers. The Choreographer was Christine Asero. I thought that the dance numbers were very complex. The execution of the choreography was not quite up to speed. The dancers were looking at each other and did not quite have the steps right.
Mike: The orchestra for My Fair Lady was one of the largest that we’ve experienced. The Musical Director/Conductor/Pianist was Donald K. Smith. I think they did a fine job. They definitely helped the music move a long. There were a couple times when I don’t think I heard the scenes mentioned in the playbill. I’m not sure what that was about. There were some musical interludes that were not there.
Laura: I thought the costumes were also very well done. They were very appropriate for the time. In the opening scene Eliza had the dark brown and dirty look about her. When she came out for the Ascot race she was very prim and proper and almost a totally different person. The Costumers were Jane B. Wingard and Mary George.
Mike: About a month ago, 2nd Star Productions sent out a newsletter saying that that they may have to shut down after next season due to over commitment of their crew and financial reasons. There was a note in the playbill saying they have been able to forestall that through some more involvement of more people. They secured a costumer for future shows as well as some other roles. The decision that Tapestry Theatre Company in Arlington made about a month ago to close down, it looks like 2nd Star will not have to be doing that anytime soon. Do keep in mind that if you have the ability to help out a community theater in your area, go ahead and do it. They generally do not have trouble finding performers, but they are always looking for people to help backstage. There is a lot of work that goes into these shows and any help would be appreciated from every community theater in the area.
Laura: My Fair Lady was nearly three hours long with one intermission. It is playing though Saturday, June 28th. Friday and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sunday matinees at 3 pm. The closing performance on the 28th will be at 3 pm at the Bowie Playhouse in Bowie, Maryland.
Mike: We’d like to invite you to join our free mailing list so you can stay informed with community theater in the DC Region.
Laura: And now, on with the show.
- Eliza Doolittle: Pamela Day
- Henry Higgins: Gary Seddon
- Alfie Doolittle: Johnathan Glickman
- Col. Pickering: Eddie Chell
- Freddie Eynsford-Hill/Harry: Nic Petersen
- Mrs. Pearce: Judy Smith
- Mrs. Higgins: Kathy McBee
- Mrs. Eynsford-Hill: Deborah Krauss
- Lord Boxington/Bartender: Ed Wintermute
- Jamie: Wendell Hollnd
- Angry Woman/Mrs. Hopkins: Cheramine Jackson
- Chorus: Zachary Fadler, Caitlin E. Jennings, Brian Jollie, Stevie Mangum, Michael Mathes, Kevin Mescher, Malarie Novotny, Cheryl Reynolds, Adam Timko
- Larry Anstead: Bass
- Nancy Badertscher: Violin
- Kathy Bartolomeo: French Horn
- Larry Bowers: Trombone
- Chris Buck: Bassoon
- Jean Deafenbaugh: Flute
- Paul Deafenbaugh: Trumpet
- Jeff Felts: Bassoon
- Chris Gosper: Bass
- Jamie Grant: Cello
- Selena Healey: Violin
- David Jollie: Violin
- Sharon Jollie: Violin
- Ed Justice: Trumpet
- Margaret Justice: Cello
- Nora Kellar: Violin
- Rob Manning: Violin
- Mike Monda: Clarinet
- Randy Nielson: Bassoon
- Diana Ogilvie: French Horn
- George Payne: Trombone
- Shannyn Petersen: Flute/Piccolo
- Candace Truitt: Clarinet
- Musical Director/Conductor/Pianist: Donald K. Smith
- Producer/Director: Jane B. Wingard
- Musical Director: Donald K. Smith
- Assistant to the Director: Robin Davis
- Choreographer: Christine Asero
- Stage Manager/Properties: Joanne D. Wilson
- Set Designer/Scenic Artist: Jane B. Wingard
- Scenic Assistants: Vivian Wingard, Noah Wingard
- Set Construction: Lynne Wilson, Joanne Wilson
- Lighting Sound Design: Garrett R. Hyde
- Lighting/Sound Technician: Pete Dursin, Al Chopey
- Costume Coordinators: Jane Wingard, Mary George
- Load In Crew: Garrett Hyde, Pete Dursin, Al Chopey, Duane Rouch, Hank Drahos, Joanne Wilson, Jane Wingard, Marty Hayes, Bill Davis, Stevie Mangum, Steve ndrews, Matt Andrews, Rich Church, Debe Tighe, Sarah Tighe
- Publicity: Lynne Wilson, Beth Schultz, Jane Wingard
- Webmaster: Lynne Wilson
- House & Concession Manager: Loretta Smith
- Assistant House Manager: Patti Mangum
- Usher Coordinator: Loretta Smith
- Reservations: Patti Mangum
- Photography: Debe Tighe, Joanne Wilson
- Lobby Display: Debe Tighe
- Program: Lynne Wilson
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Laura & Mike Clark started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.