Eliza shocking the sensibilities of the upper classes at Ascot.
Well, last October we did My Fair Lady at school. This has always been one of my favorite plays but now I love it even more. Artistically, I think it was one of the very best we've ever done at my current school and I was so proud of the kids! I was also blown away by what the parents and our tech director did with the costumes, props, and sets. Really amazing job. I've been sort of busy so I haven't posted pictures until now. I'm still busy, but I just the got bug to post, I guess.
One of the stars of the show was the set. It was a turntable--engineered so that it simply rotated. The study set was on one side. The other side became the ball room, Ascot, etc. It was light enough that one person could move it easily. Yes, the Tech Director is freaking awesome to make this for a middle school show! You can see it being rotated here.
Professor Higgins out collecting dialects to transcribe. This kid was a.maz.ing. Seriously. I have rarely, if ever, seen a middle school student perform with as much authority and confidence. This guy nailed a very difficult role. Acting, accent, even waltzing!
Higgins singing "Why Can't the English?"
If Higgins is the head of the show, Eliza is the heart and my Eliza was stellar. This girl integrated singing, dancing, and acting so seamlessly--and did it all with such charm and apparent effortlessness. She absolutely sparkled!
Eliza going to see Professor Higgins and Colonel Pickering.
Middle school kids sometimes wear their hats too low, but it's still a pretty shot of Eliza.
Eliza's father tries to swindle Prof. Higgins.
"Just You Wait 'Enry 'Iggins." She nailed this one.
In Hartford, Heresford, and Hampshire, hurricanes hardly ever happen...
"The Rain in Spain."
"I Could Have Danced All Night."
Mrs. Higgins introducing Eliza to her friends at Ascot. The girl playing Mrs. Higgins was amazing. I have no idea where a young teen from Nashville learned to channel an upper-class British matron, but she was wonderful.
Some of the Ascot scene. I loved every minute of this. The costumes, the affect of the kids--everything.
Eliza and Col. Pickering right before the ball. My Col. Pickering was so much fun! He caught the flustered, lovable side of the character so well.
Higgins meeting his old student, Zoltan Karpathy, played to toadying, sneaking perfection!
Higgins and Eliza dance.
Pickering describes the triumph to the servants.
Eliza feeling overlooked (and rightly so)
Freddy waiting outside for Eliza. If you had seen this kid perform, you would have wanted to adopt him. He sang amazingly well (especially for a middle school boy!) but also brought a wonderful sweetness to the role.
Eliza singing "Show Me" to Fredddy.
Higgins discovering Eliza's gone.
"I should not have thrown the slippers. I should have thrown the fire irons." Mrs. Higgins has some absolutely wonderful lines here.
Eliza finds her voice and stands up to Higgins.
Higgins in the tour de force, "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face." This is a challenging--and rewarding--musical monologue.
Higgins realizes just how alone he'll be without Eliza in his life. He plays her voice on the gramophone but finds it lacking, of course.
Eliza turns the record off and speaks....
And a carefully crafted final pose that will respect both middle school sensibilities and also the ambiguity that Alan Lerner tried to keep when he adapted the book from Shaw's play.
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