Porthouse opened its summer season with "My Fair Lady" June 13.
The charm of the show includes many well-known numbers, such as "With a Little Bit of Luck," "I Could Have Danced All Night" and "On The Street Where You Live." Porthouse's production includes several strong performances, particularly from its two leads: Greg Violand, who plays the misogynistic and egotistical linguistics expert Henry Higgens, and Kayce Cummings Green, who plays Cockney flower vendor Eliza Doolittle.
The musical, directed by Porthouse artistic director Terri Kent, was adapted from George Bernard Shaw's play "Pygmalion" by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. In the show, Henry Higgens makes a friendly wager with Colonel Pickering (played by Geoff Stephenson), a fellow linguistics expert, that he can take the low-class Eliza and turn her into a lady by improving her speech. This means endless days of work, much to the consternation of Higgens's house staff, including Mrs. Pearce (played by Lissy Gulick). Also making an appearance is Alfred P. Doolittle, Eliza's father (played by Rohn Thomas), a loveable rogue who can always be counted on to look after his own welfare.
The opening night show seemed to receive a favorable response from the audience.
"I thought they did a marvelous job," said Kathryn Mihelick of Stow, who said she did choreography for Porthouse in the 1980s. "I thought the voices of all the leads were excellent. The choreography was excellent. This show made me long to get back into [choreography].
Mihelick's husband Pete agreed.
"They did a professional job," he said.
Ticket and show information
"My Fair Lady" runs through June 28. Shows are Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
For subscriptions and tickets, call 330-672-3884, purchase online at www.porthousetheatre.com or in person at the Porthouse box office in the Roe Green Center lobby of the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Dr. in Kent. Ticket prices range from $22 to $37.
Porthouse will next stage "Starmites," which runs July 3 through 19.