22 March 2018
The Senior School Production is always one of the highlights of the School year at Manor House School, Bookham, It is an event which holds many special memories for both current and past pupils and staff and sees many of them returning to watch the show.
This March, Manor House School embraced the challenge of a demanding script and complicated song and dance routines to perform a more traditional piece of Musical Theatre in Lerner and Loewe’s ‘My Fair Lady’. The script is adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s Play and Gabriel Pascal’s Motion Picture “Pygmalion” and was performed over three nights to a packed house from Monday 19 March to Wednesday 21 March.
Mrs Teresa Williams, Head of Drama who produced and directed the performance said “The play has only recently become available again for school and amateur groups to perform and the cast rose magnificently to the challenge.”
Elanor, in Year 9, played Eliza Doolittle. Elanor said “I joined Manor House School in September 2017 and have enjoyed every second since. Before I came here, my main hobbies were Sport and Athletics and, although I really enjoyed Drama, I had never really performed on stage. I felt privileged and really excited to be given the opportunity.”
Professor Higgins was played by Kathleen in Year 10, Alfred Doolittle by Verity in Year 9, Colonel Pickering by Candice and Mrs Pearce by Isabel, (both pupils also in Year 10).
Jessica, who played the part of Freddy, said “I enjoy studying Drama at GCSE and have also been involved with LAMDA lessons as a co-curricular activity for eight years. I have taken part in every Senior Production at Manor House. I was in the Chorus of ‘The Sound of Music’, a Ballet Girl in ‘Billy Elliott’ and Aretha in ‘We Will Rock You’. I enjoyed singing solo, which I had not done before.”
Mrs Higgins, one of the much loved characters of the musical, was played by Cecily. “I loved playing this character as she was exceptionally well spoken and smartly dressed. Outside of school, I am part of ‘Theatre Box’ at the Epsom Playhouse, run by our choreographer, Adrian Edmeades, as are a number of the girls in our senior school.
The Year 10 GCSE Drama Group were involved in the set painting and design whilst other girls took on roles such as Stage Managers, Dressers and Stage Hands. Senior pupils were also responsible for Sound and Lighting, Make Up and Hair as well as playing in the Band. For a full gallery of images courtesy of PhotoViva Photography please go to https://www.manorhouseschool.org/galleries/senior-school-production-2018-my-fair-lady/.
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Manor House is a selective independent day school for girls aged 4-16 with a co-educational nursery.