Clare (happeh_hobbit) wrote,

Well, it was the first night of My Fair Lady last night.

Technically, it was the last night. The performances were supposed to be Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, but the weather got in the way. Yes, it snowed. In the South of England. Only one inch, but it brought a lot of disruption. Stupid really, because they have loads more snow up North and they don’t make nearly as much fuss. Anyway, they postponed the show until Friday, Monday and Tuesday.

It was so much fun! From the moment we heard the orchestra playing the overture and my flower girl friends fell silent I was buzzing with excitement. The flower girls were fabulous, I’m really proud of them all.

The best bit was that I only had one prompt, and I knew the line anyway, I was pausing dramatically. For someone who doesn’t actually do drama I think I wasn’t too bad. The best parts of the night were the Ascot scene, where I was trying so hard to keep a straight face when everyone laughed, and the argument with Andrew (Higgins) after the ball where I make him take the jewels. Only I couldn’t undo the pearl necklace on stage. Then he threw the ring at me so hard that it snapped in half!

Dan (Pickering) and Andrew were so great. I was trying to hard not to laugh at them, especially when they started ad lib-ing bits. Such as when Higgins is singing the line “Pickering, why can’t a woman be like you,” Dan went “Higgins, I’m on the phone!” in this pained voice. Also when the backstage crew forgot to put the telephone on stage and Andrew had the line “I’ll telephone the police” and dashed to his desk to find the telephone wasn’t there. He shouted, “where the devil is my phone!” and one girl had to walk on with it amidst gales of laughter from audience and cast alike. That was great.

So I have two nights to go. I was bouncing by the end, I had so much fun. It’s a bit hectic (4 quick costume changes!) but it was great fun.

I’m scanning in a page of the programme with all the main cast in and our joke life ambitions we did for a bit of fun. Everyone did silly poses for their photos except me and Caroline, but it’s great to look at.

Another school in town are performing West Side Story, and being a boy’s school, they need female cast. So Rose and I are going to go for it. It’d be really fun. WSS is another of my favourite musicals. My all-time favourites list is as follows:

1. Les Miserables
2. West Side Story
3. My Fair Lady
4. Phantom of the Opera
5. The Sound of Music
6. Mary Poppins
7. Chicago
8. Oklahoma
9. Guys and Dolls
10. Singin’ In The Rain
11. On The Town
12. On Your Toes
13. Oliver!
14. Show Boat
15. Cats
16. Beauty and the Beast
17. Fiddler On The Roof
18. Porgy and Bess (Technically an opera, but never mind!)
19. Hello Dolly
20. The Lion King

That’s the top 20. I could carry on, but I’ll spare you!

Gosh, I’m such a Julie Andrews fan. I insisted on taking my Eliza from hers, not Audrey Hepburn/Marni Nixon’s. I’ve got three Julie Andrews leading roles in the top 10. I’m quite pathetic.

I created a new character while I’ve been away from the ‘net. I’ll work on him for a bit then maybe audition him for the comm. I think he’s great. But, then again, I’m biased.

--Clare xxx

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