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Finley boy prepares to play Prof. Higgins

Former Finley High School student Matt Dowling is preparing to play Professor Henry Higgins in the production of My Fair Lady.

June 25, 2014 3:25am

Former Finley High School student and ABC Shepparton breakfast radio host Matt Dowling (pictured) is preparing for the role of his life.

He will play Professor Henry Higgins in Shepparton Theatre Arts Groups production of My Fair Lady.

As the leading man, Mr Dowling is on stage for most of the Lerner and Loewe musical, and for the past four months he has been busy learning six songs and memorizing hundreds of lines.

‘‘I’ve never trained for a marathon, but in terms of intensity its probably much the same sort of preparation,’’ Mr Dowling said.

‘‘It’s hours and hours of work, day in and day out, and you really have to absorb yourself in what you are doing.

‘‘On the positive side its also a lot of fun and a huge learning curve for me.’’

Mr Dowling spent his early years on the family farm near Berrigan.

His first musical theatre experience was at Finley High as a member of the cast for the 1981 production of It’s Aus.

A career in journalism, including eight years with National Nine News, curtailed Mr Dowling’s early theatrical pursuits.

But in recent years he has returned to the stage with STAG, and last year won a Georgy Theatre Award for best male actor for his role in the play A Village Wooing.

His co-star in that play, Nicky Pummeroy, a four-time Georgy winner, will play Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady.

My Fair Lady features a cast and ensemble of more than 40 performers will perform timeless classics like Wouldn’t It Be Loverly, I Could Have Danced All Night and Get Me To The Church On Time.

My Fair Lady will be performed at WestSide Performing Arts Centre, Mooroopna from July 4 to 12.

The season includes five evening performances and three matinees.

Tickets are available now from Riverlinks Box Office on (03)58329511 or at www.riverlinksvenues.com.au.

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