Thursday, March 06, 2014

Auditions for Pygmalion at The Comedy Playhouse


From: Denise Blum []
Sent: Thursday, March 6, 2014 10:29 AM
Subject: Auditions for Pygmalion at The Comedy Playhouse


The Comedy Playhouse will be conducting auditions for Pygmalion on March 15th.  The show will run from May 23rd through June 29th.


Auditions will consist of readings from the script.  A one-minute monologue is requested but not required.


Please email Denise at to request an audition appointment and be sure to include your headshot and resume if you have them.


We are looking for:


Professor Henry Higgins, an unconventional man, who goes in the opposite direction from the rest of society in most matters. Indeed, he is impatient with high society, forgetful in his public graces, and poorly considerate of normal social niceties--the only reason the world has not turned against him is because he is at heart a good and harmless man. His biggest fault is that he can be a bully.


Eliza Doolittle, everything about her seems to defy any conventional notions we might have about the romantic heroine. When she is transformed from a sassy, smart-mouthed kerbstone flower girl with deplorable English, to a (still sassy) regal figure fit to consort with nobility, it has less to do with her innate qualities as a heroine than with the fairy-tale aspect of the transformation myth itself. In other words, the character of Eliza Doolittle comes across as being much more instrumental than fundamental.


Mrs. Pearce, Professor Higgins' housekeeper, a voice of reason.  She watches out for Eliza from the very beginning, she's used to dealing with Henry Higgins, and she knows he can get carried away with his little projects. She wants to make sure that Eliza doesn't get hurt.


Mrs. Higgins, Professor Higgins' mother, is a stately, mature woman who sees the Eliza Doolittle experiment as idiocy, and Higgins and Pickering as senseless children.


Mrs. Eynsford-Hill, mother to Clara and Freddy Eynsford-Hill, member of society without the associated wealth, concerned with the future prospects of her children.


Clara Eynsford-Hill, along with her mother, represents everything that Eliza is not: clean, well-dressed, and well-spoken. Does not understand that the family is not doing so well financially.



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