Pygmalion: A Noble Performance

by Sean Fitzpatrick '04

APU Drama takes you to the streets of twentieth century London in their recent performance, Pygmalion, a play written by George Bernard Shaw.

Pygmalion is a story about a young woman named Eliza Doolittle, played by Lidia Badillo ‘04, a poor girl trying to sell flowers on the street. Eliza is discovered by Professor Higgins, played by Sean Sorenson ’04, and Colonel Pickering, played by Juan Guerrero ’06, who both share a passion for the English language.

Eliza shows up, uninvited, to Higgins’ doorstep and requests speech lessons so she can get a job at a flower shop. Higgins makes a wager with Pickering that he can refine Eliza’s speech and even pass her off as a duchess at an ambassador’s garden party. The stakes are high: if Higgins fails, Eliza will be exposed as a fraud, and Higgins’ reputation will be ruined, but he feels confident and accepts the bet.

The actors, full of life, spoke their lines in charming British accents, using very poetic English, a reflection of Shaw’s passion for language. Pygmalion is considered a classic, inspiring the story for the movie My Fair Lady, starring Audrey Hepburn.

"I thought it was a great production. I liked it because it was based on a familiar story, and they did a good job for only having had four weeks to put it together," said Cathrin Long ’04.

Performances of Pygmalion take place in the theater on West Campus at 7:30 p.m. on October 2-4 and 9-10, with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on October 11. The cost is $9 for adults, $7 for children, and $5 for APU students, faculty, and staff. Don't miss out!

For a schedule of upcoming drama events, visit www.apu.edu/theater/.