Meet Lucy Harris – Lily Taylor Ward
Who is Lily?
Who is Lily? Well you could look up ‘Lily Taylor Ward’ on facebook and press the like button (laughs). No seriously, I’m your normal, everyday girl who loves to sing. I’ve recently finished university at the London College of Music. I am nearly 22 and at the moment I am looking at pursuing a classical music career. I am aiming to move into the operatic side of music but I must admit, I also have a love for musical theatre. I am an honorary member of the Ilkeston rotary club and they are fantastic in supporting me in everything that I do.
Tell us about your time with BMTG
This is my first show performing with Beeston Musical Theatre Group and I am loving being with the group. From the audition day, I have felt like I am part of the family. I don’t get judged and I can just be myself. It’s refreshing to be within a group where everyone is there to nurture and support each other’s talents. I am really excited to be continuing my BMTG journey after Jekyll to perform in Thoroughly Modern Mille.
Why did you want to be involved in this production?
One of the main reasons was because I knew it would be a great challenge for me, vocally. Jekyll is a musical that I’ve looked at and not had the opportunity to venture into. The music itself is amazing and very powerful. It helps to brings a message that good and evil is still present in everyday life and it is the choices you make which shape how it will control your life.
How is this production bringing something new to this story?
It’s totally up to date because of the steampunk theme. People still dress like this now and I love how we haven’t gone traditional and ventured down the ‘Victorian style’ route.
I love the director’s ideas as she is stepping out from the original Jekyll and Hyde mould and adding something fresh to it. The chorus play a different role to what they usually do but I won’t say much more because I don’t want to spoil it!
You are playing the part of Lucy Harris. Tell us about your character.
Lucy is a strong female part and this allows an actress to portray elements of strength and vulnerability within one role. She has an unknown past and something led her to the path she is currently on. Even though her occupation is clearly frowned upon, she is smart and seeking love and stability, something she may never have had. Lucy is very similar to Jekyll’s wife Emma in many ways because she tries to bring out the good in Jekyll. I feel that the character of Lucy has a reputation as being the ‘Lady of the night’ role in the original story but there is so much more to her character than that. I have always wondered if Lucy wanted to go into her profession or if she was forced into it. I feel she knew what she was getting herself into but this was outweighed by having security and a safe place to sleep at night.
Besides this one, what’s your favorite musical and why?
Phantom of the Opera – it is my favourite! I like musicals when they fuse rock and classical music to create a unique genre. Opera has a reputation for not being modern but Phantom helps to merges Opera and musical theatre together. I remember when I was nine years old and my mum bought the DVD for me during a holiday in France. Once I watched the show, I spent the entire holiday re-watching it! I knew the show off by heart by the end of the holiday and I must have drove other holiday makers crazy by singing the songs over and over again!
If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?
Oliver. I love the show. It’s so lively and full of gorgeous songs. Actually, Phantom so I can play Christine (laughs).
What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage / the curtain goes up?
I have a tradition before any performance. I have a picture of my nan that I keep on me during any show that I do. I kiss her picture before the performance begins and ask her to bring me luck.
What will the audience be thinking about in the car as they drive home after this show?
Hopefully they will be discussing how powerful the music is! There are themes within the show that occur in our world so I feel this will touch home with some people. It poses the question, what is actually good and what is evil? I feel there is no definite answer. I don’t believe people are born evil, it’s what happens within your life that shapes you as a person. Similar to what happens with Jekyll’s journey throughout this story.
Lily’s full BMTG history:
Jekyll & Hyde – Lucy Harris
Thoroughly Modern Millie – Ensemble