'My Fair Lady' launches Porthouse's 2014 summer season

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Porthouse Theatre, Kent State University's outdoor, summer theatre located on the grounds of Blossom Music Center, will celebrate its 46th season with productions of "My Fair Lady," "Starmites" and "Oliver."

"My Fair Lady," directed by Porthouse Theatre Artistic Director Terri Kent, opens June 13 and runs through June 28. A preview performance will take place June 12. The musical follows the transformation of Eliza Doolittle from cockney flower girl to sophisticated lady. The musical is adapted from George Bernard Shaw's play and Gabriel Pascal's motion picture "Pygmalion," with book and lyrics by Alan J. Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. Performances are June 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, and 28 at 8 p.m. and June 15 and 22 at 2 p.m.

"Starmites," directed by Michael McIntosh, opens July 4 and runs through July 19. A preview performance will take place on July 3. Starmites, a musical for all ages, is a high-energy fantasy in which humans and heroes discover love, loyalty, inner strength and a great doo-wop beat as they conquer the sinister inhabitants of Innerspace. Music and lyrics are by Barry Keating and Stuart Ross. Performances are July 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, and 19 at 8pm and July 6 and 13 at 2pm.

"Oliver!," directed by Kent, opens July 25 and runs through Aug. 10. A preview performance will take place on July 24. The show's music, lyrics and book are by Lionel Bart. Performances are July 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 31 at 8 p.m., Aug. 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 at 8 p.m., and July 27 and Aug. 3, 9, and 10 at 2 p.m.

For subscriptions and tickets, call 330-672-3884, purchase online at www.porthousetheatre.com or in person at the Porthouse box office in the Roe Green Center lobby of the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Dr. in Kent.

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