Producer Andrea Hall
Musical Director Peter Coughtrey-Wellsted
Choreography Lisa Jay & Lynsey Reeves
Rehearsal Accompanist Jane Turner
Wardrobe Mistress Mary Ali
Prompt Melany Etherington
Stage Manager Richard Hall
Backstage Crew Richard Theobald, Derrick Butcher, Paul Abbott, Nigel Walker, Robert Hall & The Embassy Staff
Properties Emma Hrycak & Ivy Hrycak
Make Up Mary Ali
Publicity The Committee
Programme Co-ordinator Jo Fitzwilliams & Wendy Cassidy
Scenery Scenic Projects
Theatre Costumes Mandy Baron & Lynn Saville
Director Andrea Hall
My Fair Lady – whether it be a heart-warming and nostalgic trip or a wonderful new experience, I can promise it will be a delight. I am thrilled to be directing this production: it is everything I hoped it would be, with such a wonderful musical score from Lerner and Loewe (I bet Rodgers and Hammerstein could kick themselves for turning it down!) and a perfect adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion. How could it fail to please?
My fair Lady tells the story of the over-confident professor Henry Higgins and his experiment that attempts to transform a cockney flower girl, Eliza, into a proper-speaking lady. Higgins and his friend Colonel Pickering make great progress with the girl and even take her to Ascot and a grand ball. Nevertheless, they still treat Eliza as a mere experiment and not as a human being. When Eliza runs away, Higgins realises that she is more than just an experiment; indeed he is in love with the girl.
I would like to thank my talented and hardworking cast and wish them all the success they deserve, and our excellent production team – Peter Wellsted for his dedication and professionalism, Lisa Jay Walker and her assistant Lynsey Reeves for their enthusiasm and commitment, not to mention the inspiring and innovative choreography, and Jane Turner our rehearsal pianist for her constant hard work. I must also mention our wonderful committee and of course our backstage heroes and heroines.
Finally, thank you for your support. I hope you have an enjoyable evening in our Company.
PS: I have it from a reliable source (The Daily Mail) that Colin Firth is about to embark on a remake of this classic musical, so we’re in good company!!
Musical Director Peter Coughtrey-Wellstead
I have often been asked ‘what makes a successful musical’. There is no definitive answer to this question because a musical is reliant on so many different elements. A strong storyline, believable characters, a number of memorable songs, humour and emotion all help to make a good show. My Fair Lady has all of these and as such is well on the way into the top ten. The book based on Pygmalion by Shaw gives the show a head start and add to that a score by Lerner and Loewe, an initial cast that included Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews success was assured.
It’s good to be coming back to this score after nearly twenty years. It is as fresh as ever with so many well known melodies and singable harmonies it has been a joy to rehearse. We have maintained the tradition started by Rex Harrison who was not a strong singer and have Higgins saying many of his lyrics. The melodies under these words are not well known and somehow not necessary, and although we have tried some of these tunes, Higgins has such a strong personality he does not need to sing.
Once again it has been a pleasure to work with Andrea and good to have Lisa as part of the team, giving us a strong direction in all the dance numbers. Finally a huge thank you to Jane Turner who is an outstanding rehearsal pianist and makes my job a lot easier than it might be.
Choreographer Lisa Jay
Trained at the prestigious Doreen Bird’s Performing Arts and Drama College and a graduate in RAD and ISTD, Lisa is an affiliated member of the RAD, and has been granted Teacher’s Status. She is A.I.D.T.A qualified, an equity member, and a professional director, producer and choreographer.
She has worked alongside great stars such as Alvin Stardust, Cannon and Ball, Elkie Brooks, Chico, Pussycat Dolls, Blue, Cheeky girls, Bananarama, Jason Donovan, and Ken Dodd. As a professional dancer she travelled the world, performing with the Northern City Ballet, in the Rio Carnival in Brazil, on cruise ships, in pantomimes, BBC radio road shows and touring theatre productions and at the London Palladium. Having been a model, an actress and singer, Lisa joined the entertainment department at Butlins, recruiting and training the professional performers, stage, sound and lighting technicians, wardrobe team and animation team and overseeing the professional musicians. Lisa created the Redcoat Academy, working with ‘H’ from Steps.
Turning her attention to working with children, Lisa enrolled at Boston College, with special emphasis on those with learning and social difficulties. She ties all these skills together in her own Performing Arts school, The Lisa Jay Stage Institute. Choreographing ‘My Fair Lady’ seemed the right move for Lisa. She feels giving her experience to the community of Skegness makes her a good ambassador. She has enjoyed the experience of working with talented people and is proud to introduce her juveniles to this year’s show. Together they all make up the wonderful cast of ‘My Fair Lady.’
Choreographer Lynsey Reeves
Lynsey started at the age of fourteen with ‘Gee Bees Disco Dance School’ in Skegness, where she found fl air and a passion for dance. She performed in numerous holiday centres and also in professional pantomimes for companies such as Duo Entertainments and Extravaganza Productions, working with such stars as Richard Cadell, Mark Monero and Lee Ottoway.
Straight from school Lynsey began a five-year performing career at Butlins. Here she danced, sang and hosted shows including Cartoon Network’s live game show. Lynsey was dance captain of her team and assisted in choreographing and producing entertainment from character specials to illusion shows. She has worked with names such as Jason Donovan, Chico, Angie Brown, Cheeky Girls, and Ray Quinn, has interviewed Will Mellor and been cut in half by Stephen Mulhern.
Lynsey is now an associate teacher and one of the dedicated team at The Lisa Jay Institute, passing on their passion, enthusiasm and talent to the performers of tomorrow. She has greatly enjoyed working with the talented cast of My Fair Lady to put together a fantastic show.