West Genesee High School students will perform Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion" April 13 and 14. Performances begin at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.
A show for all ages, "Pygmalion" is the story of a professor of phonetics, Henry Higgins (Kevin Fitzpatrick), who makes a bet with a linguist of Indian dialects, Colonel Pickering (Danny Capucilli), that he can train a bedraggled Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle (Grace Wagner), to pass for a duchess at an ambassador's garden party. He does this by teaching her to assume a veneer of gentility, the most important element of which, he believes, is impeccable speech.
The cast features: Kevan Spencer as Alfred Doolittle and Caley Cross as Mrs. Higgins. Also, making up the Eynsford Hills trio are Jessica Mason (mother), Emma Ryan (daughter) and Alexander Nadolski (son).
Other cast members are: Loren Gauzza as Higgins's maid, Mrs. Pearce; Kathryn Galimi as Mrs. Higgins' parlormaid; Brendan O'Meara as Nepommuck; with Adriana Lee, Jillian Taylor, Haley Kirkpatrick, Megan MacLachlan, Christina Lee, Sara Capucilli and Irene Baldoni as bystanders. Rachel Donovan, Darian Meggesto, Madison Kearns, Haley Kirkpatrick, Makenzie Rich, Brooke Sheley, Nicole Baz, Morgan Gaffney, Jordan Donegan, Alyssa Powers, Steve Munger, Ben Widrick, Allison Gettino and Corey McCrea fill out the ensemble.
Pygmalion is directed by Caroline Brackett with Martha Gibbs as producer. Gail Glagola and Julie Salisbury are set designers and technical directors, Michael McCartney is lighting designer, Alyssa Purdy is stage manager, and Lisa Mason and Cindy Kissane are the costume designers.
Tickets will be sold at the door and prices are $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. For reservations, call 422-0169.