Nelson prepares for Pygmalion

L.V. Rogers production of George Bernard Shaw play opens Friday.

Nelson thespians Shanti Harris and Quinn Barron are starring in the L.V. Rogers production of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion

This ain’t My Fair Lady.

The upcoming L.V. Rogers production of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, directed by Grade 12 student Ingrid Love, will stay truer to the playwright’s original intentions than its musical adaptation.

My Fair Lady is a very Hollywood version, while Pygmalion is a more raw version of the story that doesn’t necessarily have that beautiful ending, but has a very powerful literary conclusion,” Love told the Star.

And it’s a big project for the students, for whom this is an extracurricular endeavour. Together with Sage Cowan, Love has been the force behind mounting this meditation on the class system in turn-of-the-century England.

“We have a 20-person cast, which is a substantial size, and it’s multi-age. Quite often these shows get a little Grade 11 and 12 heavy, but this show really stretches out across the whole school and gets everyone involved, which is nice.”

She’s hoping to drive home the message of the play, which was first performed in Vienna in 1913. According to star Quinn Barron, who plays phonetics professor Henry Higgins, its exploration of class is just as relevant today as it was a century ago.

“These are issues that are still prevalent in today’s society, issues like what it means to be high class or middle class and whether or not these distinctions have value or merit or not,” he said.

“I think George Bernard Shaw went to work on this play to prove class is a silly distinction.”

The premise of the show involves Higgins trying to give a low-class woman named Eliza Doolittle a dramatic makeover, with the aim of passing her off as a duchess by coaching her on how to tweak her dialect. Barron stars with Shanti Harris, who is getting a kick out of bringing Doolittle to life.

“Eliza stays herself though she changes her appearance and voice. She still has her values and character,” Harris said.

“She has to go through this big change so she can be accepted and have this job she wants, but I think it’s cool she refuses to be talked down to by Mr. Higgins.”

And she retains her identity through it all, unlike her character in the My Fair Lady version.

“When you change the ending, you get a little bit of a different story,” said Barron.

The show will be performed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m. at L.V. Rogers. There will also be a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday.

 

Just Posted

What’s Up: Things to see and do on Family Day

There’s plenty of fun to be had across the West Kootenay this coming long weekend!

Seven Nelson rec projects granted Columbia Basin Trust funding

Nelson’s baseball and tennis clubs were the big winners

Sanchez leads Leafs to 6th straight win

Nelson held off Spokane 3-2 on Friday

UPDATE: Two-car accident closes Highway 3A at Thrums

Road expected to open for single-lane alternating traffic at 2 p.m.

CHECK THIS OUT: Love and e-Readers

Anne DeGrace on downloading new literary relationships

VIDEO: Historic night in Red Deer as 2019 Canada Winter Games kicks off

Star-studded Opening Ceremony features athletes from across Canada

B.C. students win Great Waters Challenge video contest

Video, mural and song about saving the salmon claims the top prize

B.C. couple attacked with acid, slashed with knife in Vietnam

Warning, graphic images: Man has burns on 80 per cent of his body, slashed with knife

Flying squirrels found to glow pink in the dark, including two from B.C.

Squirrels from Hope and Abbotsford were included in the biologists’ database

Ontario police field complaints over Amber Alert for missing girl, 11, found dead

Some said the Amber Alert issued late Thursday for Riya Rajkumar disrupted their sleep

Names keep adding to vaccine petition started by B.C. mom

Maple Ridge mom started campaign to make vaccination a condition of attending school

Northern B.C. First Nation clan says ancient tools found at pipeline work site

Archeologists from the Smithsonian Institute estimate one of the stones found dates back up to 3500 years

Wilson-Raybould resignation stokes anger, frustration within veterans community

Liberals have had three veterans-affairs ministers — Kent Hehr, Seamus O’Regan and Wilson-Raybould

Most Read