Play to Double as Benefit

    After Hurricane Sandy caused the play’s postponement last weekend, partial proceeds from the East Hampton High School production of “Pygmalion” will go to a good cause. A cast and crew of almost 40 students have been preparing for the production since mid-September and last week decided to donate a portion of the show’s proceeds to the American Red Cross.
    Performers include Yori Johnson as Henry Higgins, Julia Tyson as Eliza Doolittle, Josh LeClerc as Alfred Doolittle, and Robert Priel-Gelb as Colonel Pickering. The show is directed by Serena Seacat, who has “done more than 40 shows in the district in the past decade,” according to Deborah Mansir, the school’s program coordinator.
    The plot, which involves social expectations and class, tells the story of a professor who makes a bet with a friend that he can take a guttersnipe flower girl and pass her off as a duchess. Originally a 1912 play by George Bernard Shaw, it was adapted into the 1956 Lerner and Loewe musical “My Fair Lady” and a 1964 film starring Audrey Hepburn. It inspired the 1990 film “Pretty Woman.”
    Shows will take place tomorrow and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Admission is $10, $5 for senior citizens and children under 12. The school can be called directly at 329-4130 for more information.