March 4th - 9th 2019
Torch Theatre, Milford Haven
Author: Allisoan Butler
My Fair Lady is not a musical you see performed too often these days, with many Societies opting for modern shows. However, Lerner and Loewe’s stage adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion is in my opinion, a classic which deserves its place alongside more contemporary pieces of musical theatre. The audience at MHAOS’s production certainly seemed to agree, judging by their audible delight as each of the instantly recognisable songs began in the safe hands of Musical Director Marian Harries and orchestra.
Director Terri Harrison did a fine job with the large cast. The enthusiastic chorus were extremely confident and well-rehearsed with lovely choreography from Julie Condon. Costumes from Claire Conroy and Sue Thomas were spot on and the ball scene was stunning. Lighting and sound worked well and the stage crew worked very hard with so many scene changes to and from the Library set. There were a couple of sightline issues where cast could be seen getting into position for entrances from the upper level of the set and the door to 27a Wimpole Street, but on the whole the set worked well and there were some lovely touches that brought Professor Higgins’ home to life.
Naomi Hicks gave a first-class performance as Eliza Doolittle. Always a treat to watch on stage, Naomi dealt with the transition between cocky cockney flower seller to lady with ease. Her comic timing was spot on and voice pitch perfect. Charles Owen took on the daunting role of Professor Henry Higgins and did a fine job too, taking the character’s wordy songs in his stride, with some very subtle but effective touches in his performance. Another great character from Steve Butler as Colonel Pickering. As always, Steve’s timing, facial expressions and confidence on stage drew the eye. A fabulous performance from Ian John as Eliza’s father, Alfred P. Doolittle, ably supported by Rhys Morris and Shaun Pollard as Jamie and Harry. Great movement and vocals and a joy to watch. As was Aled Davies as Freddy Eynsford – Hill, whose voice never disappoints. All the other named characters were well cast worked very well. I especially enjoyed Karen Barker’s Mrs Higgins.
MHAOS seemed to thrive under Terri Harrison’s direction. Everyone’s hard work produced a very enjoyable show, so bravo all!
Rehearsal & Production Photos