Yeppoon acting troupe’s English connection

Sara Cranny, Duncan Stewart, Catherine Weaver, Matt Ferguson, Amelia Fox and Annie Emery.

By Sean Fox

Yeppoon Choral Society are busily preparing for the live theatre incarnation of My Fair Lady which is slated to premiere on July 17.

Based on George Bernard Shaw’s classic tale Pygmalion, the polished show, pulled together by passionate volunteers, will see Yeppoon Town Hall become the hierarchical-conscious England of 1912.

The heroine of the musical, Eliza Doolittle, will be portrayed by Amelia Fox – a young Cockney girl who sells flowers on street corners. A little bit scraggy, cheeky and outspoken, she makes a triumphant transformation into a fair lady.

Professor Higgins, played by Lawrie Kneen, specialises in language and phonetics, deploring the state of language spoken by the British people.  He accepts a bet from fellow linguist, Colonel Pickering, played by Don Knowles, to transform the young girl so she can be accepted by the upper class of English society.

A bunch of classic songs such as ‘Wouldn’t it be Luverly’, ‘Just You Wait’, ‘With a Little Bit of Luck’ and ‘On the Street Where You Live’ are performed for the timeless tale.

Taking the audience on a journey from the Cockney streets and bars, Ascot races and the Embassy Ball, it’ll boast an array of emotional highs.

The performances (July 17 and 24) will be accompanied by an orchestra under the musical direction of Jody Ohl.

Ticket prices are $26 for adults, and $21 for pensioners and children.

Bookings for shows can be made at www.yeppoonchoral.org