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Bury St Edmunds school King Edward VI to present My Fair Lady from February 12 to 15

Tickets are on sale for a secondary school production brimming with familiar songs, ‘exciting’ dance routines and a ‘witty’ script.

My Fair Lady is being presented by King Edward VI School, in Grove Road, Bury St Edmunds, from Monday, February 12, to Thursday, February 15.

Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady is one of the best-loved musicals of all time.

My First Lady is on at King Edward VI School next week
My First Lady is on at King Edward VI School next week

Based on George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion, Eliza Doolittle’s journey at the hands of Henry Higgins from flower girl to society lady has been enjoyed world-wide since the 1950s when it was first performed, both on stage and as a successful movie.

Brimming with familiar songs, such as Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?, With A Little Bit of Luck and I Could Have Danced All Night, exciting dance routines and a witty script, this entertaining musical will delight audiences, both young and old.

Jenny Acheson, joint subject leader of drama with Stephanie Peddel, said: “As a team, we have certainly given ourselves a huge undertaking, and have worked insatiably hard to a show in just over 12 weeks; in this time, we’ve had to squeeze in auditions, rehearsals, and the production itself. The students have most certainly risen to the occasion.”

As a creative arts team, they felt that My Fair Lady, whilst not an obvious ‘modern’ choice of musical, offers students the opportunity to reflect on: social mobility and classism in our society; change in gender roles and expectations; musical theatre as both entertainment and social commentary; and adaptation and how we tell stories.

The most important aspect of the play is the protagonist’s need to challenge the misogynistic norms, whilst seeking to establish educational and professional opportunities for women that are equal to those of men, said Jenny.

She added: “We have been bowled over by how many students wished to participate in this year’s production.

“Several Year 7s auditioned and secured themselves named characters! The band, backstage crew and front of house helpers are all from the King Edward VI School community.

“Each and every student have stepped up and, as teachers, we could not be prouder!”

For tickets see here.