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'My Fair Lady' opens Friday in Park Rapids

Libby Sorenson and Aaron Kjenaas are getting ready for their roles in Northern Light Opera Company's production of "My Fair Lady." (Submitted photo) 1 / 2
Libby Sorenson and Aaron Kjenaas in rehearsals for Northern Light Opera Company's production of "My Fair Lady." (Submitted photo)2 / 2

This summer, the audience will be whisked away to the streets of Edwardian London as Northern Light Opera Company (NLOC) brings Lerner & Lowe's classic musical, "My Fair Lady," to the Armory Square stage in Park Rapids, July 27 through Aug. 4.

This beloved musical earned six Tony awards and set the record for most performances when it first appeared on Broadway. Based on the George Bernard Shaw play "Pygmalion," the musical is set in London in 1913 and features a wide array of characters — from cockney street denizens to aristocratic lords and ladies, and everyone in between.

Conflicts arise as flower girl Eliza Doolittle attempts to rise from her class with the speech tutoring of Professor Henry Higgins, who takes her on as a bet to remold her into a "lady." The power struggles stemming from these gender and class roles take on new resonance with our current #metoo conversation, according to a NLOC press release.

"My Fair Lady" features many memorable songs, such as "Wouldn't It Be Loverly," "I Could Have Danced All Night" and "Get Me To the Church On Time."

Lisa Dove and Greg Paul return from NYC as stage and technical directors, working with actors and crew from the Park Rapids, Bemidji and Fargo communities to transform the Armory into an alley stage theater.

With this production, NLOC celebrates its 17th year of producing professional-quality musical theater in the heart of lake country.

Live performances will be held at the peak of summer, but air-conditioned theater comfort awaits at Armory Square, located on Highway 71 in downtown Park Rapids.

Tickets are on sale online at Brown Paper Tickets (www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3459285) and at Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery in Park Rapids. Find out more at www.NorthernLightOpera.org.

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