In October 2018, 100 students auditioned for our May 2019 production of My Fair Lady
. A classic musical with unforgettable songs, My Fair Lady
has been around for decades, but it was important for us to explore the musical, not only as one of the great classics, but more importantly as a timely reminder of how far we have come as a society towards equality and the role we all must play.
On the surface, My Fair Lady
appears to be about the class system and the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’, but the core of the story deals with two lonely people who are trying to understand their own hearts. Professor Higgins might teach Eliza to be a lady, but Eliza is the real teacher who shows him respect and kindness.
The way our young cast approached My Fair Lady
’s iconic story was truly impressive. Watching our senior Redfoot Youth Theatre members encourage and mentor the younger members from the auditions right through the rehearsal process and into performances was inspiring and what the Redfoot community is all about.
The cast brought the very challenging songs to life with maturity and sensitivity well beyond their age. It was a pleasure to work with responsive singers and actors who took every opportunity to characterise, sing energetically and communicate the story effectively.
The orchestral parts were an enjoyable challenge for our musicians. We are very proud of their hard work and musical prowess in playing the music at a professional standard. With a demanding rehearsal schedule and commitment to collaborated focus for extensive periods of time, this has no doubt provided a real-world experience of being a professional musician in a pit orchestra.
The creative yet disciplined process of putting together a musical should not be underestimated. Our young cast and musicians embraced the challenges along with the thrills. Their skills have developed to a new level and we have grown closer as a community.