8th Grade Play ~ My Fair Lady

Posted on May 09, 2014

What an amazing production by a very talented class!  The 8th grade took to the stage in their magical, musical, delightful production of My Fair Lady where a chance meeting outside the Covent Garden opera house unites linguistic enthusiasts, Professor Henry Higgins and Colonel Hugh Pickering.   They meet over an encounter with Eliza Doolittle, a flower seller, whose harsh, Cockney dialect and uncouth manners engage Higgins’ fascinated horror.  Higgins asserts that it is Eliza’s speech which keeps her in her low class, and boasts that, in six months, he could transform her into a duchess.  Eliza takes him at his word and visits Higgins’ home, offering to pay for speech lessons. She gets far more than she bargains for when he takes her up completely and begins training her to be a lady.  While Eliza’s disreputable father, Alfred Doolittle, attempts to cash in on the deal, kindly Colonel Pickering and Mrs. Pearce, Higgins’ housekeeper, assist the plan against their better judgment.

 

After grueling months of work and many failures, Eliza finally breaks through.  Higgins decides to try her out at the Ascot Opening Day races, and in more ways than one, Eliza astonishes the crème of English society.  After recovering from the set-back, Eliza faces her greatest trial as Higgins and Pickering escort her to the Embassy Ball.  Eliza stuns the company with her beauty and self-possession, but all the credit is given to Professor Higgins.  The two quarrel and Eliza departs, leaving Higgins to contemplate the changes which have been wrought, not just in Eliza, but in his own heart.