'My Fair Lady' to open Wednesday at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre

Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Lindsie VanWinkle and Michael McKenzie rehearse a scene in "My Fair Lady," which opens Wednesday, July 21, at The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre. (Contributed photo)

The Lerner and Loewe masterpiece "My Fair Lady" brings to life Eliza Doolittle, an uncommon Cockney flower girl who is taken under the tutelage of the arrogant Henry Higgins as he attempts to teach her proper diction and pass her off as a lady.

According to the show's director, Michael Rothhaar, "My Fair Lady is the gold standard of Broadway musicals and an honest to goodness fairy tale."

The delightful score includes audience favorites "I Could Have Danced All Night," "On the Street Where You Live," "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face," "Get Me to the Church on Time," and so many others, according to a news release from the theater.

Lindsie VanWinkle plays Eliza Doolittle. She first performed Eliza at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. VanWinkle's Off-Broadway credits include playing Mrs. Pinkerton in "Pinkalicious," Mary O'Neary in "Buddy's Tavern," Kayla in "The Cure" and Pixley in "The Language or the Kiss."

Michael McKenzie will be making his Lyceum debut playing the imperious Henry Higgins. McKenzie appeared on Broadway in "Waiting in the Wings," "The Man Who Came to Dinner" and "Eastern Standard."

Off-Broadway he was in Kari Floren's "Voices of Swords" and "If Wishes Were Horses," and he toured for two seasons with John Houseman's The Acting Company.

The part of co-conspirator Colonel Pickering will be played by Lyceum alumni Richert Easley. Easley was last seen on the Lyceum stage in 2006 as Morrie in "Tuesdays With Morrie."

Most recently, he appeared as Mr. Woodhouse in the musical "Emma" at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.

Eric Van Tielen makes his Lyceum debut as Freddy Eysndford-Hill.

Recently, Van Tielen finished the national tour of "Fiddler on the Roof," playing Fyedka. He made his Broadway debut with the musical adaptation of "A Tale of Two Cities."

Drew Taylor will be playing the role of Alfred P. Doolittle. Taylor most recently appeared in the World Premiere production of "Take Two" at Northern Stage in Vermont. He was a member of the original Broadway cast of "The Sweet Smell of Success."

Completing the cast are Peggy Billo, Anne Marie Bills, Alana Barragan-Scott, Trevor Belt, Lincoln Ward, Harold L. Hynick, Lauren Motil, Amber Hurd, Shinah McLean, Michael J. Richardson, Michael Brennan, Larry Bernard, Mason McCloud and Theresa Hermann.

Director Rothhaar has been a professional theatre director since 1985.

The production team is made up of Michael Baxter, choreographer; James Woodland, resident musical director; Sarah Carraher, scenic designer; Randy B. Winder, resident lighting designer; Garth Dunbar, costume designer; Caitlin Ayer, assistant costume designer; Ryan Matthew Hall, sound designer.

Production stage manager is Tony Dearing. Assistant stage manager is Emilee Buchheit.

"My Fair Lady" will run from July 21 to July 31. For tickets call 660-837-3311 or visit lyceumtheatre.org.

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  • Hope the theatre is air conditioned. The pictured costumes are heavyweight numbers for Central Missouri's current heat wave.

    -- Posted by upsedaisy on Wed, Jul 21, 2010, at 1:10 PM
    Response by Eric Crump/Editor:
    It is, and it's kept nice and cool during shows.
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