It was easy decision for director Terri Krebs and company to cast Sydney Allen as Eliza Doolittle in "My Fair Lady."
Last year, she played Ado Annie in "Oklahoma!" with the Lebanon Association for Theatre Arts. Allen was also a member of Rhythmix, West Albany High School's a cappella choir, Krebs said.
"She's not a stranger to the theater at all," Krebs added. "She's been doing it since she was a kid."
Audiences can see what Allen and 40 other cast members from the Lebanon Association for Theatre Arts have in store when "My Fair Lady" opens Tuesday night in the Lebanon High School auditorium. The popular musical, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, has evening performances Aug. 1-5, and an additional matinee Aug. 5.
Allen, who is in her second year at Oregon State University, is joined in the leading roles by Jason Caffarella, a music teacher at Linn-Benton Community College, and longtime actor Doug Prince, Krebs said.
In "My Fair Lady," Professor Henry Higgins (Caffarella), a linguist, makes a bet with his colleague Col. Pickering (Prince) that he can take Doolittle, a sassy flower girl with deplorable English, off of the streets and turn her into a proper lady. So she goes to live with Higgins.
When her father, Alfred Doolittle (Dean LeBret), learns what she is up he tries to get money out of the situation.
The musical required four costumers. It is the biggest costume production the group has ever done, Krebs said.
"Some of our leads have up to seven costume changes," she said.
The production features an orchestra of 15 musicians, who will perform the show's 18 songs.
Krebs said the audience members likely will particularly enjoy the musical's "show-stopping number," "Get Me to the Church on Time."