Updated "Pygmalion" Comes to
MCCC's Kelsey Theatre Feb. 12- 21

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West Windsor, N.J. - Pierrot Productions brings George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion" to life with a new spin at Mercer County Community College's Kelsey Theatre. This brilliant commentary on social class and middle class morality will be presented Fridays, Feb. 12 and 19 at 8 p.m., Saturdays, Feb. 13 and 20 at 8 p.m., and Sundays, Feb. 14 and 21 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on Mercer's West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on Feb. 12.

Written in 1912 and originally set in London at the turn of 20th century, the story is adapted to New York City in modern times. In the new version, Eliza Doolittle is an uneducated New York street girl who is transformed into a lady of society.

Cast members, standing, from left, Scott Fishman, Derek Capre, Lee Benson, Elliott Wallace, and Lonnie McCullough; sitting, from left, Samantha Otto, Eve Connolly, and Sabrina Blackburn; center: Alycia Bauch-Cantor. Not pictured: Laurie Hardy, Kitty Getlik, Becky Peterson and Dean Proctor.

Behind her miraculous makeover is Professor Henry Higgins, who, on a bet with his friend Pickering, becomes her tutor. While teaching her proper diction and manners, he learns much about himself - about tolerance, patience, and, especially surprising, love. The contemporary play retains the original's enduring themes of personal identity, class consciousness and gender roles.

In addition to the award-winning stage version of Pygmalion, a 1938 film version won Shaw an Academy Award for Best Screenplay. In 1956 the musical adaptation, "My Fair Lady," was first performed on Broadway, followed by the immensely popular film musical starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison in 1964.

The cast features Lonnie McCullough as Higgins, Alycia Bauch-Cantor as Eliza, Scott Fishman as Pickering, Laurie Hardy as Mrs. Higgins, Lee Benson as Doolittle, Kitty Getlik as Mrs. Pearce, Derek Capre as Freddie, Sabrina Blackburn as Clara, and Eve Connolly as Mrs. Eynsford-Hill. Ensemble members include Samantha Otto, Becky Peterson, Dean Proctor, and Elliott Wallace.

The show is directed by Ruth Markoe of Lawrenceville. Pete LaBriola of Pennington serves as designer, Ginny McGowen of Philadelphia, Pa., is stage manager, and Bernard McGowen of Philadelphia, Pa., is lighting director.

Pierrot Productions will return to Kelsey Theatre for a production of the musical, "My Fair Lady," from May 7-16.

Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $10 for students and children. Free parking is available next to the theater. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible. For a complete listing of adult and children's events, visit the Kelsey website or call the box office for a brochure.

For more on events at Kelsey Theatre visit:

Kelsey Season 2009-2010
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Tomato Patch Visual and Performing Arts Workshops

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