'My Fair Lady' to Open 2011 Heritage Theatre Festival Season

December 15, 2010

Heritage will interview for positions in all technical departments on Jan. 29 by appointment only from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Positions include drapers, stitchers, first hands, wardrobe, props master, props artisans, run crew, run crew lead, carpenters, master carpenters, assistant technical directors, drafting person, painters, scenic charge, assistant sound engineer, board operators, master electricians, electricians, lead electricians and interns in all areas.

To sign up for an audition, call 434-924-3327 or stop by the main office of the U.Va. Drama Building, room 201.

To request an interview for a technical position, send cover letter, resume and phone numbers of three references to Steven Warner at slw9b@virginia.edu.

December 15, 2010 — Heritage Theatre Festival will start the summer of 2011 on a classic note when it brings the Lerner and Loewe musical "My Fair Lady" to the Culbreth Theatre stage to open its season.

"My Fair Lady" will be the first of a four-show season in Culbreth Theatre. The others will be

•    The Alfred Hitchcock-meets-hilarity comedy "The 39 Steps";
•    The soaring French farce and recent Broadway hit "Boeing, Boeing";
•    And the lonely-hearts-with-a-twist musical "She Loves Me."

Robert Chapel, Heritage's producing artistic director, cooked up a 2011 slate that uses a recipe similar to the successful 2010 season, but with different flavors.

"After the enormous response we got last summer to 'The Sound of Music,' I thought this was the perfect time to do another family musical, and 'My Fair Lady,' in my opinion, is one of the greatest musicals ever written," he said. "We've never done it at Heritage and I am really looking forward to sharing it with our audience.

Chapel said "The 39 Steps" is a fun-filled take on Hitchcock's movies. "It's in the spirit of our highly praised 'Tuna' series, which has been so popular with Heritage audiences, in that two of the four actors play up to 120 roles," he said.

"Boeing, Boeing" is a classic French farce, complete with pratfalls, swinging doors and a variety of other comic elements, he said. And the story behind the musical "She Loves Me" was the inspiration for the film "You’ve Got Mail" and the 1940s Jimmy Stewart classic "The Shop Around the Corner."

"It's become an audience favorite with good reason, including a lovely score by the composer and lyricist of 'Fiddler on the Roof,'" Chapel said.

All evening performances for the Heritage shows will begin at 7:30, and each show will feature one 2 p.m. matinee.

Based on "Pygmalion,"the George Bernard Shaw play and Gabriel Pascal motion picture, "My Fair Lady" features a memorable Broadway score ("The Rain in Spain," "I Could Have Danced All Night," "On the Street Where You Live," "Get Me to the Church on Time").

The tale of cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle's transformation to a proper lady courtesy of Henry Higgins first delighted Broadway audiences in 1956. The 1964 film version with Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn remains a treasured family classic.

"My Fair Lady" (book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe) will be presented at Culbreth Theatre from June 30 through July 2 and July 5 through 9 at 7:30 p.m. There will be a 2 p.m. matinee performance July 9.

"The 39 Steps" is a hyper-speed whodunit. A cast of four transforms itself into more than 140 different characters, taking the audience on a hilarious thrill ride mystery that features wild chases, narrow escapes, trained assassins, gorgeous spies and a heaping dose of unadulterated silliness.

"The 39 Steps," adapted by Patrick Barlow from the 1915 novel by John Buchan and a 1935 Hitchcock film, will come to Culbreth Theatre from July 14-16 and on Aug. 1 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. There will be a matinee performance July 16 at 2 p.m.

"Boeing, Boeing" follows the exploits of a "swinging '60s" architect living in Paris and juggling a trio of stewardess fiancées, with the help of good timing and a trusted maid who manages the chaos like a well-trained air traffic controller. Even she, however, is no match for the chaos that ensues when the man's acquaintance comes to visit, causing his elaborate triangulated romantic ruse to come crashing down while the laughs are ratcheted up.

"Boeing, Boeing," by Marc Camoletti and translated by Beverley Cross and Francis Evans, will come to Culbreth Theatre from July 21 to 23 and on Aug. 2 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. There will be a matinee performance July 23 at 2 p.m.

"She Loves Me" is a musical concoction that features equal parts lonely hearts, mistaken identity and true love. Based on a play by Miklos Laszlo, the award-winning musical has been an international favorite thanks to its timeless and entertaining love story and a musical score from composer Jerry Bock and lyricist Sheldon Harnick.

"She Loves Me" (book by Joe Masteroff) will be presented at Culbreth Theatre from July 28 to 30 and on Aug. 3 and 6. There will be a matinee performance Aug. 8 at 2 p.m.

Local auditions for the Heritage Theatre Festival season will be held by appointment only Jan. 29 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Group dance auditions will be held Jan. 29 from 5 to 6 p.m. Callbacks will be held Jan. 30 from noon until 6 p.m. All those auditioning are asked to prepare a one- to two-minute contemporary monologue and one 32-bar song (a song is required if you are auditioning for all of the shows; if you are only auditioning for the plays, there is no need to sing). An accompanist will be provided, but you must bring your own sheet music.

To sign up for an audition, call 434-924-3327 or stop by the main office of the U.Va. Drama Building, room 201.

Heritage will also interview for positions in all technical departments on Jan. 29 by appointment only from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Positions include drapers, stitchers, first hands, wardrobe, props master, props artisans, run crew, run crew lead, carpenters, master carpenters, assistant technical directors, drafting person, painters, scenic charge, assistant sound engineer, board operators, master electricians, electricians, lead electricians and interns in all areas.

To request an interview, send your cover letter, resume and phone numbers of three references to Steven Warner at slw9b@virginia.edu.

Season subscriptions for the Heritage Theatre Festival season will be available for sale by mail order beginning in May and online at www.uvahtf.org on June 3. Season subscriptions can be purchased at the U.Va. Arts Box Office in person and by phone at 434-924-3376 beginning June 8. Single tickets will be available online, in person and by phone starting June 10. 

To request a season brochure or for information on the 2011 season, visit www.uvahtf.org.

-- by John Kelly

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John Kelly

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