My Fair Lady will go on at a later date despite leading lady's illness

Prof. Henry Higgins (Alex Gallacher, right) dukes it out with Alfred P. Doolittle (Ian Rothnie) in SIMS
Prof. Henry Higgins (Alex Gallacher, right) dukes it out with Alfred P. Doolittle (Ian Rothnie) in SIMS' musical production of My Fair Lady.
— image credit: Andrew Leong

Folks with South Island Musical Theatre Society staging My Fair Lady decided Sunday to postpone the popular musical as its leading lady has come down with pneumonia and the H1N1 virus, Cathy Schmidt confirmed Monday.

Sarah Lane has been cast as My Fair Lady's Eliza Doolittle, however the show's tight-knit cast agreed to wait until she recovers rather than recast the role.

"We saw a neat little spark happen last night. That's when we decided to postpone the show," Schmidt said of Sunday's huddle.

"The most amazing piece about this, is really our cast. This cast is a real family and we didn't want to go ahead without her.

"Her health is number one."

Schmidt and the gang are currently waiting for permissions to confirm the date change.

They expected to seal the deal by the end of this week.

The show was set to debut Jan. 31.

In the meantime, the crew is still set to participate in a concert with the Medford Singers this Sunday.

"We're keeping the spirit going this weekend and the show will continue and go on," said Schmidt.

Folks who've already purchased tickets/vouchers can exchange them when new dates have been released.

For more information, contact Cowichan Theatre ticket centre at 250-748-7529.

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