Ware Operatic's production of My Fair Lady opens at Hertford Theatre tonight, beginning a 5 night run for the popular musical.
The award-winning group, which puts on an annual show at the theatre, is looking forward to a stand out performance in its 50th anniversary year.
This year will be the second time that the group has performed My Fair Lady, which is based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. The current cast has two members reprising their roles - David Ronco as Colonel Hugh Pickering and Mick Wilson as Professor Henry Higgins - as well as new member, Jilly Mabbitt, starring as Eliza Doolittle. The leading lady has in the past been performed by the likes of Audrey Hepburn in the 1964 film and by Julie Andrews in the original Broadway and West End runs.
Ware Operatic chairman Brian Worthington commented: "We have lots of members, both brand new and with many years of experience, taking part in the show,"
"My Fair Lady is well-known and loved by many people and we’ve got a fantastic team who will do the show justice both on stage and behind the scenes."
"Our Saturday matinee performance is almost sold out," adds Mr Worthington, "and we’re glad to have such strong support from the local community."
Starting life as an evening class at Ware College in 1969, the group that was to become Ware Operatic was so stage-struck that the society is still going strong half a century later. Now with over 50 members, it has expanded its original Gilbert & Sullivan repertoire to include a wide range of musical theatre and other styles, performing a major show, a summer concert, and a cabaret each year. Attendees of that first class are still involved alongside members that have joined throughout the years.
As well as an important anniversary, the society has already had additional celebrations this year, with two of its members winning awards from the National Operatic and Dramatic Society (NODA) - amateur theatre’s representing body - at a ceremony earlier this month. Director Linda Dyne and performer Natasha Easton won gongs for their involvement in Ware’s 2018 performance of Kiss Me, Kate.
My Fair Lady runs from the 5th to the 9th March at Hertford Theatre. Tickets are now available at the Box Office. For more information on becoming a member of Ware Operatic, see www.wareoperatic.org.uk or call Maurice Newman on 01992 5864456
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