EPISD’s fine arts talent — both teachers and high school students — join together this summer to stage the annual summer musical. “My Fair Lady” runs Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Ross Capshaw Theater at Coronado High School.
“My Fair Lady” is a musical based on George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion” with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. The story, circa 1912 London, follows Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl who takes speech lessons from professor and phonetician Henry Higgins to improve class status by perfecting a more proper British accent.
“It’s so exciting to see how Eliza transformers herself after she meets Higgins,” said Alejandra Sandoval of her character Eliza. “She wants to improve herself and become a lady.”
Sandoval watched YouTube videos and movies to perfect both the cockney accent and eventually Eliza’s more refined British accent.
“You have to do that transition and it has to be obvious,” said Sandoval, a recent Franklin graduate. “Even in the first two songs it is with that strong annoying cockney, nasally sound and at the end you get to hear that the songs sound much better.”
Franklin High 2017 grad Dario Vazquez plays male lead Henry Higgins. He’s enjoyed bringing Higgins to life on stage and showing the evolution of both his and Sandoval’s characters.
“I’m very egotistical, very full of myself but throughout the story you see me change and find myself caring for this women even though I detest women and don’t want them in my life,” he said. “It’s an old show but an awesome show.”
Vasquez and Sandoval combine their talents with other high school art, drama, choir, orchestra and dance students to bring “My Fair Lady” to life.
“We are trying to teach the kids to do a full musical production as opposed to just scenes like they do at their campuses,” said Reuben Reza, general director. “Students in drama who have never been in choir are learning to sing and choir students who have never been in drama are learning to act and so on with the dancing. We want our students to have a well-rounded education in fine arts.”
Burges High theater teacher Fernie Arana calls the more than 25-year-old summer production the oldest high school musical camp in Texas.
“It’s free to students which is unheard of,” he said, explaining that similar camps costs students hundreds of dollars. “Kids learn everything from tech to how to weld, build, paint, dance, act and sing – all these things to help tell this beautiful story you see on stage.”
Tickets for the show are $5 and available prior to each show time.