MY FAIR LADY

Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Music by Frederick Loewe
Adapted from George Bernard Shaw's play and Gabriel Pascal's motion picture Pygmalion

Directed by Sean Murray

Mar 5 - Apr 26, 2015

Low-priced Previews Mar 5 - 13, 2015

When Professor Henry Higgins wagers he can transform a Cockney flower girl into an aristocratic lady, he never guesses that Eliza Doolittle will in turn transform him. The Lerner and Loewe's classic musical features such enduring favorites as "I Could Have Danced All Night," "Wouldn't It Be Loverly," "The Rain in Spain," "On the Street Where You Live," and "Get Me to the Church on Time."

Cast

Bryan Banville (Harry/Ensemble)
Bryan is excited to return to Cygnet Theatre. Previously at Cygnet: Follies, Assassins, Side By Side By Sondheim, and Man of La Mancha. Bryan most recently appeared in the 2014 summer season at Moonlight Amphitheatre in Spamalot, Mary Poppins, and Catch Me If You Can! Other San Diego credits include - The Old Globe Theatre: Anna Christie; Lambs Player’s: Mixtape; New Village Arts: Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings; Ion: Passion; Coronado Playhouse: 42nd Street. He competed as a Top 16 finalist on NBC’s “The Sing Off” with his a cappella group Extreme Measures. Bryan thanks his wife, Katie, for her love and support!
Katie Whalley Banville (Lady Boxington/Ensemble)
Katie is delighted to be returning to Cygnet Theatre for her seventh production. Previously she served as Choreographer for A Christmas Carol, Assistant Choreographer for Spring Awakening and Company (April). Also at Cygnet Theatre: Cabaret (Fritzie), Parade (Lola Stover/Dance Captain), Man of La Mancha (Antonia/Dance Captain). Regional credits: The Old Globe - A Doll’s House (Helene, Movement Coordinator); ion theatre company - Gypsy (Louise/Gypsy - Craig Noel Award recipient), Passion (Clara), Valentine to Sondheim; Moonlight Amphitheatre - Spamalot, Mary Poppins, Catch Me If You Can; San Diego Musical Theatre - Chicago; Lamb’s Players Theatre - Mixtape; Starlight Theatre - Hello Dolly!; Janesville Armory - A Wonderful Life.She holds a BFA in Music Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University. For her new husband Bryan. www.katiewhalley.com.
Ron Choularton (Doolittle/Constable)
Ron is thrilled to be invited back to join the cast of this wonderful show. Previous Cygnet shows: Gem of the Ocean, The Norman Conquests, St. Nicholas, My Fair Lady. Regional: Sight Unseen; Moon For The Misbegotten; Da (Old Globe Theatre). Christmas Carol (3), The Clean House (San Diego Rep). Peter and the Starcatchers, Dram of Drummhicit, (La Jolla Playhouse). Selected others: Ring Round The Moon, Enchanted April, See How They Run (Lambs Players). Bengal Tiger in the Baghdad Zoo, Blasted (Ion). M Butterfly, Breaking the Code, The Foreigner, Terra Nova (North Coast Rep). Gangster No. 1, A Midsummer Night's Dream (The Fritz Theatre & Edinburgh Fringe Festival). Breaking the Code, (Diversionary). Three Sisters, (New Village Arts). FILM & TV: The Dark, Splitsville, Pensacola, Renegade; Wrote and presented KPBS Britcom intros. Ron has received numerous Dramalogue, San Diego Critic's Circle, Patte, and San Diego Playbill awards. Member AASD.
Charles Evans, Jr. (Freddy/Ensemble)
Charles is delighted to be making his return to the Cygnet stage in My Fair Lady! He was most recently seen here in A Christmas Carol (Young Scrooge), Follies (Young Ben) and Spring Awakening (Moritz). Other San Diego credits include - La Jolla Playhouse: The Car Plays (Chris), Lambs Players: Fiddler on the Roof (Perchik) and Twelfth Night (Sebastian), Intrepid Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing (Claudio), ion Theatre: Grey Gardens (Joe/Jerry), and New Village Arts: Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings (Sparky). Charles recently completed his fifth summer as a resident actor with the Okoboji Summer Theatre. He is a BFA theatre graduate of Stephens College for Women.
Ralph Johnson (Ensemble)
Ralph is grateful to be a member of the My Fair Lady cast. He was most recently seen at Cygnet Theatre in the staged reading of Follies. Several years ago he also appeared here in the production of Our Town. In the last year he has been seen in Catch Me If You Can and Mary Poppins with Moonlight Stage Productions and in Passion with Ion Theatre Company. Thanks to Sean for this opportunity. What a journey. What a ride.
Linda Libby (Mrs. Higgins/Ensemble)
Previously at Cygnet: The Importance of Being Earnest, Company, Man of La Mancha, Cabaret, Man From Nebraska and the inaugural Cygnet production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Linda was honored with Actor of the Year 2013 Craig Noel Award last year. She is a Founding Company Member of Ion Theatre Company where she directed Edgar & Annabel/Far Away and appeared in Grey Gardens, Gypsy, Body Awareness and Request Programme (Craig Noel Award). Linda is an Associate Artist for Lambs Players where she originated the role of Susan in Boomers, and played in Pump Boys & Dinettes, South Pacific, and Five Cups of Coffee. She has toured to Far East Russia, Edinburgh Fringe, and Ontario, Canada. Linda is a founder of the Actors Alliance, a member of Actors Equity, and a proud founding faculty member at Bayfront Charter High School.
Sean Murray (Henry Higgins)
Mr. Murray co-founded Cygnet Theatre in 2002 along with partner Bill Schmidt. Cygnet Theatre: Spring Awakening, The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties, Company, Assassins, WCYG presents A Christmas Carol, Man of La Mancha, Dirty Blonde, Parade, Little Shop of Horrors, Our Town, Cabaret, The Tragedy of the Commons, The Norman Conquests, Private Lives, Sweeney Todd, It’s a Wonderful Life, Noises Off, Bed and Sofa ‘09, The History Boys, A Christmas Carol, A Little Night Music (SD Critic’s Award, Best Director), The Receptionist, The Invention of Love, Bed and Sofa ‘04 (SD Critic’s Award, Best Director, Best Musical Revival), Las Meninas, Escanaba in da Moonlight (SD Critic’s Circle, Set Design), The Book of Liz, Pageant, Bug, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, St. Nicholas, The Matchmaker, Desire Under the Elms, Santaland Diaries, Firebugs, Fully Committed, Arcadia, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Little Foxes, My Fair Lady. Elsewhere: North Coast Rep: The Elephant Man (Patté Award, Direction), Man of La Mancha, The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties; Diversionary: Never the Sinner, Love! Valour! Compassion!. Education: University of North Carolina School of the Arts (BFA). In 2000, Sean was named one of San Diego Magazine’s “50 People to Watch” and in 2005 he was named Producer of the Year by the San Diego Critic’s Circle.
Allison Spratt Pearce (Eliza Doolittle)
Allison was in the original Broadway casts and albums of Cry-BabyCurtainsGood Vibrations and Miss B. in Enter Laughing. Recently seen in San Diego as Maria in The Sound of Music (SDMT, Craig Noel Nomination), Betty in White Christmas (SDMT), and Victoria in Sideways (LJP). Elsewhere: Evelyn in The Girl in the Frame (Goodspeed Musicals and MTC), Sally in Cabaret (National tour), Phoebe in As You Like It, and Viola in Twelfth Night (The Old Globe) For commercial, film and television credit, please visit her website below. She proudly holds a BFA from Elon University & MFA from USD/Old Globe. Allison is a private coach as well as for MTCA, which provides college audition preparation for musical theater and theatre programs. Thank you Sean, Jacob, Jan Gist (Dialect coach), my family for loving the flower girl in me and Jane Cowgill for teaching me to be a lady. www.allisonsprattpearce.com.
Tom Stephenson (Colonel Pickering)
Tom is celebrating over 40 years on stage. He is a graduate of the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, and The Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England. He was seen last year as James in New Village Arts’ production of Circle Mirror Transformation, along with Joe Keller in All My Sons, and Gary Peter Lefkowitz in I Hate Hamlet and Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, all at Intrepid Shakespeare Company. Previous credits with Intrepid include; Claudius in Hamlet and Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Musical. This is Tom’s eleventh appearance with Cygnet Theatre Company. His credits include, Hector in The History Boys, Ben Hubbard in The Little Foxes, Colonel Pickering in My Fair Lady, Simon Stimson in Our Town, Mr. Rosser in Parade, and for the last three seasons, Scrooge in A Christmas Carol.
Debra Wanger (Mrs. Pierce/Ensemble)
Debra last appeared at Cygnet in Spring Awakening. San Diego audiences may recognize her from: Hamlet (Gertrude) at Intrepid Shakespeare; Permanent Collection at Mo’olelo; The Full Monty (Vicki) at New Village Arts; Footloose, Sound of Music, and White Christmas at San Diego Musical Theatre; Anything Goes! (Reno) Oliver! (Nancyand Babes in Arms at Lyric Opera San Diego; Carousel and Sound of Music at Lawrence Welk; My Nights With George, Kurt & Cole (NCRT & 6th@PennAASD & Billie Awards); Selected Regional: The Fantasticks & Ladies at the Alamo at Actors’ Rep; Fiorello! and Elizabeth & Essex at Florida Rep; The Mikado at Palm Beach Light Opera; NinePirates of PenzanceMan of La Mancha, and Robber Bridegroom at Seaside Music Theatre. Debra studied at Tufts and Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and holds a M.F.A. from SDSU. Her CD, Driving My Own Heart is available on Amazon & iTunes.

 

Creative Team

Sean Murray (Director)
Mr. Murray co-founded Cygnet Theatre in 2002 along with partner Bill Schmidt. Cygnet Theatre: Spring Awakening, The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties, Company, Assassins, WCYG presents A Christmas Carol, Man of La Mancha, Dirty Blonde, Parade, Little Shop of Horrors, Our Town, Cabaret, The Tragedy of the Commons, The Norman Conquests, Private Lives, Sweeney Todd, It’s a Wonderful Life, Noises Off, Bed and Sofa ‘09, The History Boys, A Christmas Carol, A Little Night Music (SD Critic’s Award, Best Director), The Receptionist, The Invention of Love, Bed and Sofa ‘04 (SD Critic’s Award, Best Director, Best Musical Revival), Las Meninas, Escanaba in da Moonlight (SD Critic’s Circle, Set Design), The Book of Liz, Pageant, Bug, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, St. Nicholas, The Matchmaker, Desire Under the Elms, Santaland Diaries, Firebugs, Fully Committed, Arcadia, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Little Foxes, My Fair Lady. Elsewhere: North Coast Rep: The Elephant Man (Patté Award, Direction), Man of La Mancha, The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties; Diversionary: Never the Sinner, Love! Valour! Compassion!. Education: University of North Carolina School of the Arts (BFA). In 2000, Sean was named one of San Diego Magazine’s “50 People to Watch” and in 2005 he was named Producer of the Year by the San Diego Critic’s Circle.
Patrick Marion (Music Director)
Cygnet Theatre: Spring Awakening, Company, Assassins, Little Shop of Horrors, Cabaret; Lamb’s Players Theatre (Associate Artist): Les Miserables, miXtape, The Music Man, An American Christmas (‘09 through ‘12), Pump Boys and Dinettes, Godspell, Boomers; North Coast Repertory Theatre: The Humbug Holiday Spectacular; San Diego Musical Theatre: Smokey Joe’s Cafe; Diversionary Theatre: Moscow (Award for Outstanding Musical Direction, StageSceneLA); Coronado Playhouse: Chicago the Musical, The Wild Party; Francis Parker School: Godspell, Annie, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Once on This Island, Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Always Patsy Cline.
David Brannen (Choreographer)
David has been an actor/director/choreographer in town for over 25 years. For Cygnet Theatre, David has previously choreographed My Fair Lady, Parade, Assassins, and Cabaret, receiving a San Diego Theatre Critic’s Circle Award for his choreographic work on Cabaret both at the Theatre in Old Town and North Coast Repertory Theatre. For 3 years, David restaged the original choreography of How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Old Globe Theatre. Other choreography credits include: Starlight Musical Theatre: Oklahoma!, Evita, Jekyll and Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Urinetown, Company, Sweeney Todd; Sierra Repertory Theatre: Suds, Oklahoma!, Something’s Afoot; Moonlight Theatre: Beauty and the Beast, Route 66; Pump Boys and Dinettes; Lyric Opera San Diego: Fiddler on the Roof, Babes in Arms, Iolanthe, The Merry Widow, Man of La Mancha, Blame it on the Movies, HMS Pinafore.
Peter Herman (Wig & Makeup Designer)
Cygnet Theatre: Costumes and Wig/Makeup Design for Shakespeare’s R&J, Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Wigs/Makeup Design for Sons of the Prophet, Fool for Love, True West, Pageant, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Spring Awakening, Maple and Vine, The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties, Company, Assassins, A Christmas Carol, Gem of the Ocean, Mistakes Were Made, Man of La Mancha, Dirty Blonde, Parade, A Behanding in Spokane, The Glass Menagerie, Little Shop of Horrors, Our Town, Cabaret, The Norman Conquests, Private Lives, Sweeney Todd.  Elsewhere: Peter has designed hair and wigs for over 300 productions, including the La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Rep, San Diego Opera, Disneyland, and various film and television projects. Film: Costume design for Ready? OK!  Peter currently teaches wigs and makeup at SDSU.
Andrew Hull (Scenic Designer)
Cygnet Theatre: A Christmas Carol, Gem of the Ocean, The Glass Menagerie, Private Lives, Bed and Sofa, The History Boys. Elsewhere: Hello Dolly (Arrowrock Lyceum Theatre); Hay Fever (Black Hills Playhouse); Into the Woods, The Good Person of Szechwan, Desire Under the Elms (San Diego State University); Night of the Iguana, The Man who Came to Dinner, A Piece of my Heart (Webster University). Mr. Hull is currently working as an Art Director on Mad Men. He has worked on such shows as Orange is the New Black, Parks and Recreation, and the MTV Video Music Awards.
Marie Jahelka (Assistant Stage Manager)
Sons of the Prophet, True West, Fool For Love, Spring Awakening, Company, Shakespeare’s R&J, Assassins, Mistakes Were Made, Parade, Cabaret, and Love Song (Cygnet Theatre); Ether Dome, The Tall Girls, (La Jolla Playhouse); Somewhere, The Last Romance, The Whipping Man, Romeo y Julieta, Back Back Back, Opus, The American Plan, In This Corner, Oscar and The Pink Lady, How The Grinch Stole Christmas!, 2006 Shakespeare Festival, and Hayfever (The Old Globe Theatre); The Amish Project (Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company); Mixtape (Lamb’s Players Theatre); This Wonderful Life, The Humbug Holiday Spectacular (North Coast Repertory Theatre). Marie received her bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from the University of San Diego and is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association. Marie would like to thank her husband, Robert, for his love and support.
Jennifer Kozumplik (Stage Manager)
At Cygnet: A Christmas Carol, The Motherfucker with the Hat, Maple and Vine, The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties, Gem of the Ocean, Man of La Mancha, Dirty Blonde, Our Town, Private Lives, Noises Off. La Jolla Playhouse: Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin, His Girl Friday. San Diego Repertory Theatre: A Hammer A Bell and A Song to Sing, In the Wake, Superior Donuts, Culture Clash in AmeriCCa, Blessing of a Broken Heart, The Who’s Tommy, The Road to Mecca, The Seafarer, Doubt, and Water and Power. ion theatre: Frozen, La Gaviota, Punks. Jennifer received her Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts from San Diego State University.
Matt Lescault-Wood (Sound Designer)
Dying City, It's a Wonderful Life, The History Boys, Mauritius, Noises Off, Sweeney Todd, Private Lives, Cabaret, Little Shop of Horrors, The Glass Menagerie, A Behanding in Spokane, Dirty Blonde, Man of La Mancha, Assassins, Company, Spring Awakening, Pageant, True West, Fool for Love, A Christmas Carol, Sons of the Prophet (Cygnet); Wit, I Love You Because (North Coast Repertory Theatre); Request Programme, The Cripple of Inishmaan (ion Theatre); Butcher of Baraboo, Dog Act, Expecting Isabel, Eurydice (2010 San Diego Critics Circle Nominee), Eleemosynary, The Crucible, The Toughest Girl Alive, Ten Cent Night, Dead Man's Cell Phone, Coming Attractions, Hickorydickory, References To Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, Skinless, Mud Blue Sky (Moxie Theatre); Richard II, Hamlet, Macbeth, I Hate Hamlet (Intrepid Shakespeare Company), The Break-Up/Break-Down, Ragnarok, Deconstruction of A Drag Queen (Circle Circle dot dot); Seascape (New Village Arts). Matt holds a degree in Theatre Design and Technology from SDSU.
Patrick McBride (Assistant Director)
Patrick’s directing credits include As Bees in Honey Drown and Moon Over Buffalo for North Coast Rep., The Best Christmas Pageant Ever for Maui Onstage, Twelfth Night for San Diego Jr. Theatre, The Good Doctor for Moonlight, A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Central Coast Shakespeare Festival, and the World Premieres of Alice’s Wild Ride and The Flimflam Man for the La Jolla Playhouse (POP tours,) He was the Assistant Director on Broadway for The School for Scandal, directed by Gerard Freedman, and graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a B.F.A. in Directing
Jeanne Reith (Costume Designer)
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Chris Rynne (Lighting Designer)
Cygnet Theatre: Design and installation of lighting system for the original Cygnet space in Rolando, Spring Awakening, The Importance of Being Earnest/Travesties, Company, Assassins, Gem of the Ocean, Parade, Little Shop of Horrors, Cabaret, Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2003). Hershey Felder’s Lincoln: An American Story, Maestro: The Art of Leonard Bernstein, Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin, The Pianist of Willesden Lane. Old Globe: Good People, God of Carnage, Plaid Tidings, The Last Romance, Boeing-Boeing, I Do! I Do!, The Price, Sight Unseen, The American Plan, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Two Trains Running, Lincolnesque (San Diego Critics Circle Award), Pig Farm, Trying, Vincent in Brixton (San Diego Critics Circle Award), The Lady with All the Answers, The Food Chain, Two Sisters and a Piano, Blue/Orange, Time Flies, Knowing Cairo, Beyond Therapy, Santaland Diaries. His other credits include Geffen Playhouse, San Diego Opera, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Madison Opera, Pasadena Playhouse, San Diego Repertory Theatre, San Diego Musical Theatre, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Houston Grand Opera, Diversionary Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, and Starlight Theatre. Chris also designs lighting for museum exhibitions, special events, and lighting systems for new venues.

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Designer Showcase - Mar 10th @ 6:00PM
Go behind the scenes of My Fair Lady with director Sean Murray and the design team to get a glimpse into the process of creating this exciting production. Begins at 7:00pm, with Happy Hour beforehand. This is a FREE event. RSVP Required. Please contact the box office at 619-337-1525.
Social Media Night - Mar 13th @ 8:00PM
Enjoy a unique theatre experience during the performance. Share your thoughts on the show as you tweet from your seat. Follow @CygnetTheatre using #MyFairLady to get behind the scenes information, live as it's happening. Follow and interact on Facebook and Instagram before the show and at intermission!
Out Night @ Cygnet - Mar 18th @ 6:30PM
Cygnet is proud to present an evening for our theatre loving friends in the LGBT community. Enjoy a pre-show mixer before the performance on Cygnet's beautiful Elaine Lipinsky Patio. Everyone is welcome! A theatre ticket for the evening's performance is required to attend.
Girls Night Out - Mar 19th @ 6:00PM
What could be better than getting together with girlfriends to see one of the best musicals of the century? How about mimosas, shopping & freebies before the show! Cygnet is partnering with Vocabulary Boutique to bring you a fun and fashionable theatre experience.
Friday Forum - Mar 20th @ 8:00PM
Friday Forums gives you an opportunity to chat with the cast and director following the performance on the first Friday after opening night.
Wine Tasting Night - Mar 26th @ 6:30PM
Join Cygnet for a pre-show Wine Tasting. The complimentary wine tasting begins at 6:30pm followed by a 7:30pm performance. A theatre ticket for the evening's performance is required to attend.
CygNext Night - Mar 27th @ 7:00PM
Members of our CygNext: Under 30 Club can stick around after the show for a pre-show mixer. Meet members of the cast and enjoy happy hour prices including $2 beers.
Theatre on Tap - Apr 3rd @ 7:00PM
Join Cygnet and Helm's Brewing Company for Theatre on Tap! Enjoy a pre-show beer tasting, and mix and mingle with other craft beer lovers. The complimentary tasting begins at 7 pm, followed by an 8:00 pm performance. A theatre ticket for the evening's show is required to attend. Must be 21 to partake.
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