Monday, June 28th, 2010 - Roleystone Theatre
DESCRIBED as “the perfect musical”, My Fair Lady is coming to Roleystone Theatre this July.

Based on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, it follows Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle who becomes a lady after speech lessons from professor Henry Higgins.

The original 1956 Broadway version of My Fair Lady was a smash hit, followed by the famous film version with Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison, and numerous stage revivals.

Director John Ramsell, a 28-year theatre veteran, chose to direct the Roleystone production because it was the first show he ever appeared in.

While My Fair Lady is extremely well-known, Ramsell said he had no intention of simply copying the film.

“Our production is, of necessity, performed on a small stage and a much smaller scale,” he said. “I have tried to remain true to what I saw as the writers’ original intent.

“The main challenges are accuracy in the music and the presentation of accents, idiom and costume.”

Mainly involved with Roleystone Theatre, Ramsell has also worked with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of WA, Playlovers and Omnibus Productions.

He said the appeal of My Fair Lady came from the fact it was now regarded as a classic, thanks to its music receiving a large amount of radio airplay in the mid-1950s and 1960s when the show’s popularity was at its height.

“The story isn’t just about Eliza’s transformation – a romantic attachment develops between her and the professor, given their close working relationship,” Ramsell said.

My Fair Lady plays at 8pm July 23, 24, 28, 30, 31, August 4, 6 and 7 with a 2pm matinee on July 31. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 children – book on (08) 9397 5730 or through BOCS on (08) 9484 1133.

Roleystone Theatre is located at 587 Brookton Highway, Roleystone, Western Australia.

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mfl1-3: Kimberley Harris as Eliza Doolittle and Darren Bilston as Professor Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady at Roleystone Theatre this July.

mfl4: Known as “the perfect musical”, My Fair Lady comes to Roleystone Theatre in July.

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Roleystone Theatre in WA has a long tradition with its beginnings in the 1930s as a choral and amateur dramatic society. The theatre group you see today has been evolving since the 1970s when a collection of interested locals began putting on quality performances of plays and musicals.

The theatre currently produces, on average, five major shows every year and is well known for the quality of our performers, sets and technical work.

The building itself has undergone many alterations however the bulk of the auditorium is an art-deco original and is Heritage listed. The building has facilities for persons with a disability or limited mobility, including ramps into the foyer and auditorium as well as an allocated restroom. For your comfort air conditioning and comfortable, padded chairs are features of othe auditorium.

There is also a licensed bar and well-stocked kiosk to cater for your refreshment needs at all performances.
John Ramsell
P: (08) 9495 4171
W: www.roleystonetheatre.com.au

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