VLO Presents My Fair Lady

In a brand-new, glittering, and large-scale production, the Valley Light Opera Company is bringing Lerner & Loewe’s classic musical My Fair Lady to the fabulous Academy of Music Theater in Northampton in November, 2017.

VLO Presents My Fair Lady

Celebrated for their stellar interpretations of Gilbert & Sullivan operas, VLO rightly views the American musical as a direct descendant. Now – call it a little bit of luck – they are bringing this greatly beloved but rarely performed work to the Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts, to appeal to a contemporary audience that nonetheless values tradition and talent. With a huge cast, lavish costumes and sets, and a full orchestra, My Fair Lady will be expansively staged in keeping with the grand tradition of the great American musical.

Since it opened on Broadway 61 years ago, My Fair Lady has been beloved not only for its irresistible story, deliciously witty lyrics, and enchanting music, but also the visual charm of the Edwardian period - from opulent ballrooms to colorful pubs, from the upper-crust Ascot racetrack to the down-and-out stalls of Covent Garden where Eliza Doolittle makes a precarious living selling flowers.

Nearly everyone knows the story—based on Shaw’s Pygmalion—of Eliza Doolittle, the Cockney hoyden transformed into a grand lady by the efforts of the eccentric Professor Henry Higgins. But the VLO gives this old favorite a new dimension, looking deeply into the hearts of its characters and bringing them to vibrant life as complex and fascinating human beings. Eliza’s growth into a strong, independent female character still resonates with modern theatergoers, and the reluctant journey of Henry Higgins from pedantic fuddy-duddy to something resembling an open-hearted romantic hero is eternally satisfying—and comical.

The production goes up at the Academy of Music in Northampton November 3, 4, 10 and 11 at 7:30 with matinees November 5 and 12 at 2:00PM. Tickets are available at the Academy of Music box office or at aom.ticketfly.com. My Fair Lady is presented by the VLO by special arrangement with Tams-Witmark and the generous media sponsorship of New England Public Radio, 88.5 FM and The NEPR News Network.

    My Fair Lady – VLO Cast List

    • Eliza Doolittle - Jasmine Goodspeed
    • Henry Higgins – Christopher Berrien
    • Colonel Pickering – Andy Price
    • Alfred P. Doolittle – Matthew Roehrig
    • Freddy Eynsford-Hill – Jeff Baum
    • Mrs. Higgins – Mary Fernandez Sierra
    • Mrs. Pearce – Robyn Scott
    • Mrs. Eynsford Hill – Kathy Blaisdell
    • Mrs. Hopkins – Deborah Jacobson
    • Zoltan Karpathy – Santo Mammone
    • Lord Boxington – Robin Parsons
    • Lady Boxington – Donna Griffin

    Ensemble

    • Rowan Healey
    • Jacqueline Saccento
    • McKenna Cambo
    • Seana Lamothe
    • Naomi Edelman
    • Amanda Seym
    • Adrianna Dearing
    • Elysse Link
    • Kathryn Slater
    • Brook Steinhauser
    • Nina Pollard
    • Lucy Robinson
    • Anju Soparkar Diggs
    • Ann Steinhauser
    • Christopher Marcus
    • Jeremy Swartz
    • Jim Brennan
    • David MixBarrington
    • Ted Fijal
    • Paul Peelle
    • Jeff Erb
    • David Ostendorf
    • Gordon Freed
    • Mark McManamin
    • Steve Atkinson
    • Rick Woods

    The VLO Orchestra

    • Violin 1
    • Diana Peele
    • Elaine Holdsworth
    • Gillian Woldorf
    • Maya Leibowitz
    • Violin 2
    • Artemis Roehrig
    • Barbara Freed
    • Viola
    • Linda Greenebaum
    • Steven Williams
    • Cello
    • Daniel Brandon
    • Sally Greenebaum
    • String Bass
    • Eric Colbeck
    • Flute/piccolo
    • Susan Dunbar
    • Oboe/ English Horn
    • John M. Vance
    • Clarinet
    • Megan Mahoney
    • Paul Dratfield
    • Bassoon
    • Roger F. Clapp
    • Cornet/Trumpet
    • Cliff Reed
    • Dan Melbourne
    • Josh Thomson
    • French Horn
    • Chris Mortensen
    • Jean Jeffries
    • Trombone
    • Ben Smar
    • David Evans
    • Tuba
    • Joe Hoye
    • Percussion
    • Keyboard
    • Cathy Bennett

    VLO Production Team

    • Cat Batson- Coordinating Producer
    • Drew Gilbert- Stage Director
    • Michael Greenebaum- Music Director
    • Achaetey Kabal- Stage Manager
    • Martin Hutchinson- Technical Director
    • Bob Graham – Assistant Technical Director
    • Nicole Newell- Choreographer
    • Laura Green - Costume Designer
    • Ezekial Baskin- Lighting Designer
    • Lucy Robinson – Artistic Liaison
    • Michael Budnick – Publicity
    • Chris Riddle – Set Designer
    • Deb Jacobson – Advertising
    • Phyllis Jordan, Elaine Walker, Ken Sammonds – Costuming
    • KC Conlan - Assistant Music Director
    • John Vance – Orchestra Manager


    Valley Light Opera is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization based in Amherst, MA. Each year for over 40 years the VLO has produced fully-staged, orchestrated and lavishly costumed productions of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas and other musical theater works. Rehearsals are typically in Hadley or Amherst, and performances at the Academy of Music in Northampton. Applicants who are unfamiliar with the VLO are encouraged to explore our website at vlo.org.


    Questions? Please email the VLO at valleylightopera@gmail.com. You can also visit our facebook page at facebook.com/valleylightopera.