The Upstart Crows Tackle Shaw's Classic Pygmalion

by Leila Fletcher, age 12

T he Upstart Crows are performing again, this time a production of Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. The performances are Thursday, May 1; Friday, May 2; and Saturday, May 3 at 7:00 pm, with a matinee on Saturday at 2:00 pm as well. All performances take place on the Evjue Stage at the Bartell Theatre, 113 E. Mifflin Street.

Pygmalion revolves around Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower girl, who desperately wants to leave the life of the gutter. Her dream is to become a lady in a flower shop. The play also follows Professor Henry Higgins, who agrees to teach Eliza to speak properly, with the assistance of Colonel Pickering.

Through Eliza’s transformation from a flower girl to a duchess, we see how important it is to pay attention to what you say and how you say it. We also learn how class stereotypes can marginalize you and keep you from fulfilling your dreams.

Our cast invites you to join us for these free performances of Pygmalion. Even though the performances are free, we are a young company, and we greatly appreciate donations. Dane County Arts gave us a wonderful opportunity to get donations to fund Pygmalion. For every $1 someone donates we get an extra $0.25. You can help us by donating here . You can also check out our website to find more information about upcoming shows and see our new bios page at .