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My Fair Lady


My Fair Lady
Corn Stock Theatre
June 2-10 at 7:30 pm


Corn Stock Theatre kicks off its 64th summer season with a beloved classic, My Fair Lady! Under the direction of Amy Williams, this well-known musical promises to be a real treat from opening night on June 2nd through its final show on June 10th.

This 1956 musical masterpiece by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe won the Tony Award for Best Musical the following year, and still strikes a chord with audiences today as we follow the journey of confident, elite professor Henry Higgins and Cockney, working-class Eliza Doolittle. Professor Higgins makes a bet with Colonel Pickering that he can transform a working-class girl into a lady, who could pass for a cultured member of high society. He offers the beautiful but unrefined Eliza speech lessons, and she takes the bait, with her own ambitions as he motivation. Their egos and personalities clash, they suffer through daily ‘voice lesson’s with  tempers flaring, experience the thrill of success at the Embassy Ball, finally giving way to an unspoken love by the musical’s end.

Sagan Drake, as Eliza Doolittle, is a delightful, sophisticated performer, offering a rich yet unpretentious vocal interpretation of well-known songs such as Wouldn’t It Be Loverly, and I Could Have Danced All Night and Just You Wait, Henry Higgins.  You may remember her from last season’s The Spitfire Grill.

Zachary Robertson, who plays Professor Higgins, said “This experience, by far the largest role and challenge I’ve had to date, has been extraordinary.” He is excited to work with an exceptional cast, continuing with “Director Amy Williams has surrounded me with a whole group of highly talented actors…. We’re putting together what I think will be a marvelous show. There’s not a weak spot in the bunch.”

The show features a stellar ensemble cast, with CST veteran Cheri Beever as Higgins' acid-tongued mother, and Wendy Blickenstaff (another CST veteran) will constantly find big laughs in the understated comedic lines of the housekeeper, Mrs. Pearce. As Eliza’s love-struck suitor Freddy, Aaron Elwell brings a freshness and tenderness to his role, especially during one of the show’s most recognizable songs, On The Street Where you Live.  Curt Rowden nearly steals the show as the inebriated Alfred Doolittle, singing Get Me To The Church On Time with pure joy. 

Jeff Craig as Colonel Pickering, Greg Blume, Seth Katz, Joe Kouri, specialty dancers and an impressive male quartet complete the ensemble cast. 

The twelve-piece live orchestra is led by Maggie Sloter, and the vibrant choreography is by Randee Blickenstaff, making her chorography debut at the Tent. Blickenstaff’s creativity is a stand out, and we hope to see her name attached to many future productions.   

Season tickets are still available for only $80 – that’s a $25 savings off the cash ticket price for all five shows. Individual tickets for My Fair Lady are $22/Adult, $17/Student. Tickets are available online at, or you may call the Box Office at 309-676-2196. 

New this season, CST is partnering with Sky Harbor Restaurant to bring you wine and beer on the patio every night before the show and during intermission.  Drinks are available for a nominal fee, with proof of CST show ticket purchase (limit 2 drinks per patron). Additionally, several Food Trucks will be returning this summer, including Nacho Mamma’s and Alexander’s Street Steakhouse.  Be sure to check the CST web site for a schedule of vendors.    

So come early to the Tent, join us for a light drink and food on the patio, and stay for the show!  After My Fair Lady, the season continues with the comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and three stellar musicals; Bye Bye Birdie, Parade, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. See you at the Tent!   


Posted on May 30, 2017