At home with Wouldn’t it be lovely to work with Dame Julie Andrews? This fair lady found out for herself
WJulieJu Andrews autobiographyau
JustJu to meet her waswa enough and littlelitt did I know that threethr years later I wouldwo be working withwit her. This signedsig book is so specialspe to me. hen Elisa Colla met stage and screen icon Dame Julie Andrews three years ago backstage at the State Theatre, she was thrilled enough. Fast forward, and now the local musical theatre star has had the privilege of being directed by the Oscar-winning actor in the Australian stage production of My Fair Lady.
Having nabbed the main role of Eliza Doolittle in the last months of the Melbourne ne season before taking on understudy duties for or the Sydney season, Elisa says she is relishing g the experience.
“To not only meet Julie Andrews, but to be able to work with her is something I never could have dreamt of. It’s something I will never forget,” says Elisa. “She was a completely hands-on director, and to do this production, 60 years on from when she playeded the lead role was amazing.”
As this production is coming to an end, Elisa is looking forward to some down time in her family home in West Pymble. Although she also has a base in Melbourne, there is something special about this suburban pad she’s called home since she was six years old.
“It’s nice to recharge and be with family,” she says. “My grandparents live here with my parents and I have two sisters and two brothers but there’s always room for me here.”
If her schedule permits, Elisa would also love to spend some time in Italy this year.
“I definitely need to unwind and relax after My Fair Lady, and most of all I look forward to getting a tan,” she says. “Keeping my skin fair for My Fair Lady has been a challenge.”
Royal Albert cup and saucer
I made my professional debut in Wicked The Musical and my character used this in one of the scenes, so I bought myself the same exact set.
Gran Patricia Taylor
This photo of my grandmother was published in a magazine in 1956. She was in a production at Phillip Street Theatre at the time. She is still my biggest inspiration.
Paintings of Verona and Veneto
The two paintings were done by my dad’s best friend in Italy. He has collected a lot of maps and prints from Italy over the years.
Kitchen dresser Tiffany earrings
My boyfriend (actor Zoy Frangos) gave them to me when I made my Eliza Doolittle debut. He couldn’t have picked a more special gift, as Eliza wears pearls in the show.
I mostly have records of classic musicals and some of the first songs I learnt to sing are from these records. I like to collect the original album. I prefer them to the CD.
That was rescued from an old fishing shack my grandfather bought. I shotgunned it — one day that will be mine. It’s my favourite piece of furniture in the house.
My Fair Lady star Elisa Colla Family home at West Pymble
I have a collection of beautiful Australian dresses and I always travel with my favourites from Zimmermann, Auguste The Label, Tigerlily and Lover
I love to mix old and new, but at the same time I love clean lines and I don’t like things to contrast too much
Home is where the heart is and a place where I can recharge and spend time with the family.