I have often walked down these streets before and the pavement always stayed beneath my feet before until last week end, when for a moment in time, a small stage in Ashcroft was transformed into the streets of early 20th Century London..
I would truly like to thank and applaud those people involved in the production of “My Fair Lady”. Those who chose to avail themselves of the opportunity to witness an excellent theatrical production were treated to a magical evening.
It requires a huge commitment of both time and energy by many folk to bring something of this magnitude together. Just as in sport, a team must be formed, consisting of a producer, a director, costume designers, set designers and of course the actors. I am sure that there are times when they wonder if it will all come together and then suddenly it is opening night. A certain amount of stagefright must be overcome, as all of the hours of rehearsal are replaced by a live audience. And then just as suddenly you are totally immersed with those around you portraying a cast of characters and living the moment.
Friday evening I had been in Kamloops watching the production “Mary Poppins” and it was wonderful. My expectations coming home to Ashcroft for our local production of “My Fair Lady” on Saturday evening were not overly high, but was I surprised. Both were musicals and both were set in a similar period of time in England. This is only one man’s opinion, but I was equally impressed with both, and perhaps more so with My Fair Lady because it was an amateur production. I can only say, in the words of Bob Hope, “Thanks for the memories”.