April dates booked for My Fair Lady

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

My Fair Lady will now run during five dates in April at the Cowichan Theatre, the troupe has announced.

April 4 to 6, and 11 and 12 — replacing dates in early January and early February — will see South Island Musical society's big show staged after a nasty bug sidelined leading lady Sarah Lane, cast as Eliza Doolittle.

That cruel cocktail of bronchitis and pneumonia — not dreaded H1N1, according to her mom Judy — left Lane without a voice for the demanding role tracing a Cockney lass's evolution into society sensation, under the tutelage of Prof. Henry Higgins (Alex Gallacher).

The show-biz stall will also see SIMS scrub its MFL dates at Nanaimo's Port Theatre.

SIMS' Cathy Schmidt believed the delays in local show dates is the first in the long history of the valley's venerable musical company.

Still, Schmidt saw a silver lining.

"We always wondered how we'd do at the box office in April (shows)," she said of the troupe's perennial productions around February.

"This is an opportunity for us; let's see."

Meanwhile, MFL's sets have been completed and rehearsals resume in early March, she noted.

My Fair Lady runs at 7:30 p.m. nighty, and 2 p.m. on April 6.

For tickets, call the Island Savings Centre ticket office at 250-748-7529.

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