The Bermuda High School will present three showings of the musical, My Fair Lady, the story of Henry Higgins, who takes a bet that he can transform the unrefined Cockney Eliza Doolittle into a lady and fool everyone into thinking she really is one. Performances are Thursday, January 24th at 7pm, Friday, January 25th at 7pm and Saturday, January 26th at 5pm.
The cast and crew of 60 students has been working for months to master an array of British dialects, including Eliza Doolittle’s Cockney accent and Henry Higgins’ mannered upper class English.
“One of the main challenges is to have our actors speak Cockney and formal British English in a believable and understandable way,” says Jane Thorpe, Director and Secondary Drama Teacher. “Added is the difficulty of singing quite complex songs in a dialect which is not native to our actors.
IB2 Student Katie Ewles will play Eliza Doolittle, in her last year at BHS before heading off to study Music Composition at University. IB1 Student Catriona Tate will star as Henry Higgins and Year 10 Student Caroline Skinner as Colonel Pickering.
Students independently manage all lighting, sound and set changes involved in the production and all staging is unique and has been created at BHS by dedicated parent and student volunteers. In addition, a live orchestra made up of volunteers from the local musical community, will accompany the actors.
A few tickets are still available by calling 441.295.6153 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. General admission is $20 for adults and $15 for students with preferred seating available for $25. In addition, a Patron’s event will be held on the first night which includes wine, canapés and preferred seating for $50.