Wilmington’s Semonelli To Star In Production of “My Fair Lady”

NORTH ANDOVER, MA — Michael Semonelli, a Wilmington native and graduating senior at Merrimack College, will play the role of Professor Higgins in the Merrimack Onstagers upcoming production of “My Fair Lady.”

Set during the Suffragette Movement, this Broadway show explores class distinctions, women’s rights and love in Edwardian England. On a wager, a professor tries to transform a Cockney flower girl into a society lady. Months of hard work are rewarded when the pupil passes the test. But things take a turn when her independent streak takes hold.

The OnStagers are taking an original approach to a stage classic by using a steampunk theme and costumes, which is a fusion of science fiction, history and steam-powered machinery.

“It’s been an absolute pleasure to put my own spin on Professor Higgins, and I hope people enjoy the show,” said Semonelli, a theatre arts major. “‘My Fair Lady’ is a one of the classics of American theatre, but what we are doing with this show is so unique, even the most avid of fans will find something new to enjoy.”

Set during the Suffragette Movement, this Broadway show explores class distinctions, women’s rights and love in Edwardian England. On a wager, a professor tries to transform a Cockney flower girl into a society lady. Months of hard work are rewarded when the pupil passes the test. But things take an unexpected turn when her independent streak takes hold.

Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. April 20-22 and April 28-29 and at 1:30 p.m. April 23 at Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $8 for students, seniors and Merrimack alumni or employees.

For information, visit http://www.merrimack.edu/academics/rogers.

(NOTE: The above press release is from Merrimack College.)

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