Colaiste’s Musical Treat

Final preparations are now underway at Coláiste Dún Iascaigh for the annual musical, which will open on Thursday, November 24, for a four night run, ending on Sunday, November 27.

Final preparations are now underway at Coláiste Dún Iascaigh for the annual musical, which will open on Thursday, November 24, for a four night run, ending on Sunday, November 27.

This year the talented cast will stage “Does your Mother know?” and it promises to be a show to remember.

Curtain up is at 8pm nightly at the Coláiste. Tickets are now on sale at €E12 each, with a family ticket option (two adults and two children) available at €E40. Tickets may be purchased at the Coláiste office (0527442828), from members of the Parents’ Association, at the Heritage or the ESSO filling station in Cahir.

Auditions for “Does your mother know” began back in early September, and rehearsals began immediately after. Success is dependent on dedication from all those involved. Rehearsals are held during lunch break and after school and final rehearsals will be held the weekend before and the night before the show. This show promises to be one to attract all age groups, as it features such popular songs as the title song “Does your Mother know,” “Dancing Queen,” “Take a chance” and “The winner takes it all.”

Lead roles are much sought-after at the Coláiste, and given the depth of talent available the choice can be difficult. This year sees a mix of experienced and new talent take the main parts. Sixth year student Orla Duggan takes her first lead as Donna, a strong independent woman and mother of Sophie. Orla credits her experiences in Transition Year with giving her the confidence to take to the stage, and her strong singing has been a highlight of end-of year shows. Fellow sixth year Karen Keegan plays her daughter Sophie. This is Karen’s second year in a lead role, having played Nancy in last year’s “Oliver”.

Donna’s two best friends are played by Lorna Hanly (Tanya) and Caoimhe Hickey (Rosie). Like Karen, Lorna also enjoyed a lead role in “Oliver”, and describes her character as sassy and hot-headed. Third year student Caoimhe takes a lead for the first time, having previously featured in the choir and end-of-year shows.

The story centres around Sophie’s efforts to find her identity, and features three men she hopes can answer her questions. Graham Halley plays adventurer, author and commitment-phobe Bill. Graham is no stranger to the stage but this is his biggest role in the Coláiste musicals to date. Graham has recently starred in “Stags and Hens,” a dinner theatre production by Down the Rabbit Hole Theatre Group in Clonmel, and his aim is to specialise in drama and theatre after the Leaving Certificate. He is joined on stage by the cool, calm and collected Sam, played by Nathan Keating, and by Luke Farrell (Harry). Both have been involved in previous productions, but this is a first time in a lead role for both Nathan and Luke, with each surprised but delighted at being selected in auditions. Keeping a watchful eye on events, and in particular on Sophie, is the loving and caring Sky (Ross Keeley). Sixth year student Ross has impressed greatly in this, his first lead role.

In total a cast of almost 130 students will participate in the musical, with other students and staff involved in preparation of props, costumes and back stage. Bringing all of this together is a huge task, but the Coláiste is very lucky to have the extremely talented and dedicated Musical Director Norma Barry-Hurley and Producer Deirdre Buckley at the helm. They have worked together on many musicals in the Coláiste over the years including Oliver!, Kiss Me Kate, Pirates of Penzance, Jesus Christ Superstar and Annie to name but a few.

This promises to be another outstanding show, and patrons are advised to book their tickets early. This is the fourteenth musical at Coláiste Dún Iascaigh since it opened in 1997 and over those years it has never failed to deliver. The range and depth of student talent is always superb, and the manner in which it is brought to the fore exceptional. All roads will lead to the Colaiste from November 24 to November 27 – don’t miss it!