Musical highlights students’ take on well-loved musical

School show: A scene from the Laverly Bloom musical, where flower seller Eliza Doolittle (second from left) meets English language Professor Heather Higgins (left). Doolittle is played by Reddy, while Prof Higgins is played by Sim.

THE senior students of Westlake International School in Kampar performed a musical, adapted from the 1964 classic My Fair Lady , at its school hall.

The musical, called Laverly Bloom, showcased the students’ talents in the performing arts to a packed hall.

The musical was performed by the seniors, who are aged between 12 and 18 and study in the classes for Years 7 to 12. It also included a choir and a mini orchestra.

My Fair Lady depicts a poor flower seller with a heavy Cockney accent named Eliza Doolittle who takes lessons from English language professor Heather Higgins to make her presentable to the high society of Edwardian London.

Taking the lead role of Doolittle was 15-year-old Arathi Jane Reddy while Mika Shei-Yeen Sim, 16, played Higgins.

They were supported by a cast of multinational students, including those from South Africa and Korea.

The concert ended with a speech from the school’s chief executive officer Joyce Yuen, who said the challenges of being an international school included ensuring its students excel in English.

“Just like Doolittle, who made the change from the Cockney accent to the Queen’s English, the school can transform its students over a period of time.

“Parents need to adjust their expectations according to their child’s ability. What’s important is progress, not perfection,” she said.

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