Theater, English and Latin Lessons Meet in Prep School Study of My Fair Lady

Last Thursday, the Prep School students in Prep and Middle School theater teacher Kary Haddad’s course History of the American Musical Theater attended the Broadway production of Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady at Lincoln Center. “The students have been studying the evolution of the Broadway musical and the stylistic conventions that took hold after the premiere of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1943 landmark production, Oklahoma!,” Dr. Haddad explained.

 

The field trip to see My Fair Lady was a highlight of a survey of the work of playwright George Bernard Shaw. Shaw’s 1913 play Pygmalion was named after the Greek mythological figure who fell in love with a woman he had carved out of ivory. After asking Aphrodite for a bride who resembled his sculpture, the sculpture comes to life and he is able to marry her. Pygmalion is the source material for Lerner and Loewe’s iconic musical. Before their trip to Lincoln Center, Prep School English teacher Chris Nattress and Prep School Latin teacher Scott Wilson joined Dr. Haddad’s class to discuss the literary history behind My Fair Lady.

 

After the performance, My Fair Lady ensemble cast member Rommel O’Choa gave CGPS students a backstage tour to get an up-close look at the set pieces designed especially for the musical.