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Musical theatre in Lichfield just gets better and better – and it’s the amateurs who can take all the credit.
This week’s Lichfield Operatic Society production of My Fair Lady was more than worthy of a top accolade.
The Lerner and Loewe classic has stood the test of time, even though most of us have seen it time and again and are perhaps getting a little bored with the story.
This production was different. Director Ruth Harvey had added many touches of humour, both in the songs and the dialogue, which lifted the story we all know and love and made this a delight to watch.
Jo McAllister was an effervescent Eliza and brought the character to life with her superb acting and excellent singing. An ideal role for Jo, who’s been a leading light in the society for some time.
Dave Hill made a suitably pompous Colonel Pickering (a great comic actor) and Eoin Edwards was engagingly upper-class as the love-stricken Freddie.
Alfred P Doolittle was played by Craig Allen – another wonderful performance from this versatile actor who had us in stitches with his show-stopping numbers.
But for me, the star of the show was Jordan Adams as Professor Higgins. A brilliant performance with some excellent characterisation. This is only Jordan’s fourth show with the company but he proved he was more than up to the challenge of such a difficult role. A real pleasure to watch.
I loved this production. Heidi Cresswell’s choreography was first rate – particularly the Ascot scene. She put together some great routines, coping well with a large cast on a small stage area.
Costumes, provided by Lichfield Costume Hire, and in the capable hands of wardrobe mistress Jean Taylor and her team, were simply fabulous. The orchestra, under the baton of musical director David Easto, provided a fine backing for the cast.
Congratulations to everyone both on stage and behind the scenes. This was a real feel-good show and thoroughly deserved the prolonged applause of a packed house on Wednesday evening.
If you can get tickets, go to see it – you won’t regret it.
My Fair Lady runs at the Lichfield Garrick until Saturday (including a Saturday matinee). For tickets call the box office on 01543 412121 or book online at www.lichfieldgarrick.com.
May I join the many others in congratulating the society on winning the NODA West Midlands Regional Award for Best Musical Production for Jekyll & Hyde last year. The production also won the inaugural Friends of the Lichfield Garrick Award for Best Amateur Show.
Next production in November will be West End Now – a tribute to some of the current productions currently running in the West End.
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