The forthcoming production of My Fair Lady is sure to prove another success in the distinguished history of the Toowoomba Coral Society. This became evident on August 31 when a preview of the show was given to a gathering at the TCS’s premises on the corner of Bridge and Raff Streets.
Labelled Drinks with the Director, Kate Peters OAM, those attending were treated to performances of Just a Little Bit of Luck, Wouldn’t it be Loverly, On the Street Where You Live and The Rain in Spain. Each of these classics were sung by cast members with exceptional confidence, style and vitality to the immense appreciation of those assembled. Kate also introduced to the guests people playing vital roles behind the scenes, including picturesque Edwardian set designer Evan Hollis.
“My Fair Lady is the perfect musical,” says Kate, a producer, director, writer and performer who received her OAM in the Queen’s Birthday honours last June for her services to entertainment. “This is the fourth time the TCS has performed My Fair Lady and I am confident it is going to be enjoyed by everyone from the people involved to the audiences.” Kate, who lives on the Gold Coast, will be returning to Toowoomba on September 6 to supervise the countdown to the opening.
The rehearsals, which have been held in the TCS building, will move to Toowoomba’s revered Empire Theatre next weekend for the final tweaking. As Kate says everything will be in place for a VIP unveiling at the Empire on September 12, which will be followed by performances on September 13, 14 and 15. The plot of My Fair Lady, renowned as a “beloved musical”, revolves around a pompous phonetics professor, Henry Higgins. He is so sure of his abilities that he takes it upon himself to transform a Cockney working girl, Eliza Doolittle, into someone regarded as a cultured member of high society. After a series of clashes along the way Higgins and Eliza form an unlikely bond but judging by an indication from Kate the TCS’s ending may be different to the one that has been traditional.
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