Contact: Wendel Sloan at 505.562.2253
Reporter: Scarlet Smith
PORTALES—Eastern New Mexico University will present "My Fair Lady" at the Campus Union Ballroom on March 11-14. An optional dinner will be at 6 p.m., with show time set for 7:30 p.m., and a 2 p.m. English High Tea onSunday.
Dinner will feature English fare, including glazed ham and roast beef. For the Sunday matinee, a repast typical of English High Tea will be featured. Dinner theatre tickets are Adult $20, Senior Citizen $19, Student $18, and ENMU ID $17. High tea tickets: Adult $15, Senior Citizen $14, Student $13, ENMU ID $12. Show tickets only: Adult $7, Senior Citizen $6, Student $5, and ENMU ID $4.
The ENMU Student Activities Board and the Department of Music have created a "spectacular evening for all musical theatre lovers," according to director Jean Wozencraft-Ornellas, professor of music. The co-director is Dr. Eugene Thomas, assistant professor of music. ENMU students Jennifer Livingston will perform on Thursday and Saturday, and Christina Hall on Friday and Sunday, as the title character, Eliza Doolittle. Both are from Albuquerque. Ms. Hall said, "My Fair Lady is a classic Cinderella story. It's the excitement of waking up one morning and finding out you can be more than you ever imagined possible.
Eliza Doolittle, after her lessons to be a lady, is the princess in all of us just waiting to be discovered." Other cast members include Larry "Hoss" Bichsel of Lubbock as Professor Henry Higgins, Ben Bruelhart of Hobbs as Colonel Pickering, Rory Golden of Artesia as Alfred P. Doolittle, Monica Macias of Las Cruces as Mrs. Pearce, Tamie Klein of Los Alamos, Theresa Bridges of Carlsbad and Leah Stovall of Clovis. William Dale Curry of Moriarty, a design/technical major who designed the costumes and set, said, "The audience will see the show they have come to expect but with a conceptual twist on the classic musical."According to Dr. Ornellas, "This popular story is about a flower girl transformed into a lady.
The original story, by George Bernard Shaw, was about a sculptor who creates a marble statue so beautiful that he falls in love with his own work. Aphrodite, Goddess of Beauty, took pity on the love-sick sculptor and turned the statue into a living woman and presided over their marriage. The show includes such favorite musical theatre songs as 'I Could Have Danced All Night,' 'Wouldn't it be Loverly' and 'Get Me to the Church on Time.'" The show will run approximately two hours, with one intermission.
Tickets for the dinner must be ordered by March 5. Tickets are also available for the show only, and can be reserved by calling 505.562.2561, or purchased at the door.
Tickets can also be purchased by mail at: My Fair Lady Tickets, ENMU Station 16, Portales, NM 88130.