The Panther Players Present George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion

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2009-11-05

COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio Dominican University’s student theater group, Panther Players, will perform Pygmalion on Friday, Nov. 13 and 20 (7:00 p.m.), Saturday, Nov. 14 and 21 (7:00 p.m.), and Sunday, Nov. 15 (2:00 p.m.). The Panther Players is completely comprised of students on both the artistic and production side.

All shows will be performed at Ohio Dominican’s main campus (1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, 43219) in Erskine Hall’s Matesich Theatre. General admission for the public is $5.00 and children under 5 are admitted at no cost. Visitor parking is available in the Gold Lot on St. Dominic Way, west of Sunbury Road.

SYNOPSIS: George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, the inspiration behind renowned My Fair Lady, illustrates the age-old battle of the sexes and of the heart. Henry Higgins, a prideful phonetics professor, fashions a bet with warm colleague Colonel Pickering that he will be able to successfully pass off a poor flower girl, the independent Eliza Doolittle, as a refined aristocratic lady by teaching her how to speak with an upper class accent, and by training her in Victorian etiquette. As Eliza’s elegance blossoms, so does her relationship with Professor Higgins, but will the two hardheaded characters ever be able to get along? Higgins’ bet may just be a recipe for disaster.

For the second show in a row, the Panther Players are again connecting with the Joint Organizations for Inner-city Needs (J.O.I.N) charities to serve those less fortunate in the Columbus community. Outside of each performance will be a collection box for new and gently used winter jackets and apparel.

“I selected this show because it is not familiar amongst the general public; few people know that My Fair Lady was inspired by Pygmalion,” said Panther Players’ Pygmalion director Katherine Clark. “I was also very interested in the social commentary that George Bernard Shaw expresses through the characters and events that take place through the five acts. He makes his point very clear and in a creative way.”


STUDENT CAST AND CREW LIST

Kate Clarke (sophomore) Psychology/Philosophy Double Major (Dublin, OH)….Director
Brian Litt (sophomore) English/Philosophy Double Major (Mansfield, OH)….Assistant Director
Amy Drake (graduate) Liberal Studies (Columbus, OH)….Mrs. Eynsford Hill
Andy Schaffner (freshman) Education Major (Galion, OH)….sarcastic bystander
Pete Mascio (freshman) English Major (Brunswick, OH)….bystander
Thomas Lewis (sophomore) Criminal Justice Major (Granville, OH)….Alfred Doolittle
Rachel Frye (senior) English Major (Columbus, OH)….bystander
Josh Watson (junior) Graphic Design Major (Reynoldsburg, OH)….Freddy Eynsford Hill
Adrienna Priest (sophomore) Psychology Major (Newark, OH)….Mrs. Higgins
Danny Morales (freshman) Sociology Major (Upper Sandusky, OH)….Professor Higgins
April Adams (sophomore) Communications Major (Newark, OH)….townsperson
Greg Jensen (sophomore) English Major (Cincinnati, OH)….townsperson
Max Molleran (freshman) Psychology Major (Cleves, OH)….townsperson
Tabitha Bowen (sophomore) Social Work Major (Columbus, OH)….townsperson
Sara Wirick (sophomore) Middle Childhood Education Major (Newark, OH)….parlor-maid
Stephanie Elliott (senior) Middle Childhood Education Major (Hillsboro, OH)….Eliza Doolittle
Caitlin Sabo (sophomore) Social Work Major (Pickerington, OH)….townsperson
Lindsey Pruett (sophomore) Communications Major (Grove City, OH)….Mrs. Pearce
Meaghan Torres (freshman) English Major (Pickerington, OH)….Clara Eynsford Hill
Amaryl Gruber (freshman) Social Work Major (Harrison, OH)….townsperson
Matt Austin (sophomore) Political Science Major (Hilliard, OH)….bystander
Noah Scott (sophomore) Psychology Major (Newark, OH)….townsperson
John Elrich (junior) Criminal Justice Major (Washington Court House, OH)…Colonel Pickering

Freshman newcomer, Danny Morales, will be presenting a wonderful interpretation of the arrogant Professor Higgins. “I guarantee that the audience will be impressed by his acting expertise,” said Clarke. Senior Stephanie Elliot portrays the independent Eliza Doolittle in a way that will have the audience annoyed and loving her at the same time. “Every actor and actress, no matter how many lines he or she has, brings something colorful and intense to the stage, it's a wonderful mixture,” said Clarke.