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JULIE JEFFERY MANWARREN / FOR THE VALLEY ADVANTAGE The cast of Pygmalion rehearses the scene, 'A Meeting with the Eynsford family.' From left: Carol Davis, Mark Fryer, Maddie Giardina, Katie VonBergen, David Hunisch, Emma Ross and David Alejandro Smith.

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JULIE JEFFERY MANWARREN / FOR THE VALLEY ADVANTAGE The cast and crew of Actors Circle’s production of ‘Pygmalion,’ from left, first row: Lisa Chokola, Mark Fryer, Emma Ross, David Hunisch and Carol Davis. Second row: Cathy Rist Strauch, Linda Chavez, Jeff Ginsberg, John McInerney, Dominick Azzarelli, Bernard M. Ott, Katie VonBergen, Jane Foy, Maddie Giardina, Tricia Henning, David Alejandro Smith, Carol Arena, Corey Kelly, Lorrie Loughney and Amanda VanBuskirk.

SCRANTON — In a theater tucked between businesses on Providence Road, a group of actors and actresses, some of whom hail from the Advantage area, meets to rehearse its upcoming production of George Benard Shaw’s “Pygmalion.”

Opening April 25 at 8 p.m. at the Providence Playhouse, the show will continue daily through Sunday, April 28 and pick up again Thursday through Sunday, May 2-5. Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday shows at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors and $8 for students. For reservations, call 570-342-9707 or email tickets@actorscircle.com.

“I’m excited about this production,” said director, Cathy Rist Strauch of Clinton Township. “It is one of Shaw’s best known plays.”

“Pygmalion” was first performed in 1914, and gained popularity over the years. Some adaptations are well known, including the musical motion picture “My Fair Lady.”

“Pygmalion” tells the story of Professor Henry Higgins, a linguistic expert, who takes a bet that he can transform an awkward cockney flower seller, Eliza Doolittle, into a refined young lady by polishing her manners and speech.

David Alejandro Smith of Peckville said his role as Freddie in “Pygmalion” is the first acting role he’s had in 10 years.

“I have eased my way back in, because I missed theater,” he said. “I (was stage manager for) the last show. Everyone in Actor’s Circle has been so inviting, welcoming and supportive.”

Jeff Ginsberg of Jermyn joined the theater in 1998. He has directed, performed in and produced shows in the past.

Ginsberg is a co-producer of “Pygmalion” and also acts as Nepommuck in the play.

“You learn as you go,” he said of acting. “Before you know it, you are knee-deep in a wonderful production and surrounded by wonderful talent.”

“It’s a creative process,” he said in reference to the production role. “A production like this can create a wonderful ensemble as talent emerges both on and off stage.

“It’s something really special.”

The cast

David Hunisch (Professor Higgins), Mark Fryer (Col. Pickering), Emma Ross (Eliza Doolittle), Dominick Azzarelli (Alfred Doolittle), Lorrie Loughney (Mrs. Pearce), Carol Davis (Mrs. Higgins), Katie Von Bergen (Mrs. Eynsford Hill), Maddie Giardina (Clara Hill), David Alejandro Smith (Freddy Hill) and Jeff Ginsberg (Nepommuck).

Also in the ensemble:

Bernard Ott, Jane Foy, Tricia Henning, Amanda VanBuskirk, Lisa Chokola, Linda Chavez, Corey Kelly and John McInerney.

Appearing as ballroom dancers:

Gerhed and Jill Wetzel, Don Strasburger, Kathy Venee, John McInerney and Carol Davis.

Want to go?

Actors Circle’s production of “Pygmalion” by George Benard Shaw will be presented April 25-28 and May 2-5 at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road in Scranton. Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday shows at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors and $8 for students. For reservations, call 570-342-9707 or email tickets@actorscircle.com.