All roads lead to Killarney this coming weekend, where the annual Association of Irish Musical Society Awards (the musical societies’ equivalent of the Oscars) takes place in the Gleneagle Hotel.
St. Mary’s Choral Society in Clonmel are hopeful of coming home with some silver, having been nominated for three awards for their April production of Jekyll and Hyde.
Diarmuid Vaughan has been nominated for the Best Actor Award for his performance in the title role of Jekyll/Hyde. This is the sixth AIMS Nomination for Diarmuid and the second time he has been nominated for the Best Actor Award, having won it 2 years ago for his performance as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar.
The ‘Murder Murder’ scene from Jekyll and Hyde has been nominated for the Best Ensemble Award. This award was introduced just two years ago and on that occasion the society also received a Best Ensemble nomination for Jesus Christ Superstar.
The show programme (editor Ruth Butler) has also been nominated in the Best Programme category. Having won this award for the past two years, Clonmel are aiming to make AIMS history this year if the award comes the way of Clonmel for the third successive year. Although a few societies (Ballinrobe, Ballywillian and Tullamore) have down through the years won the award two years in-a-row, it has never been won by the same society in three successive years.
The winners of the awards will be announced at the awards ceremony on Saturday night and the members will have no time to rest following this weekend’s ceremony, as they are in concert on Friday and Saturday of next week (21st) in Clonmel and 22nd June (Dungarvan) in The Magic of the Musicals, which will feature all the hit numbers from Jekyll and Hyde, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chess, Oliver! The Wizard of Oz and Les Miserables. Tickets are now on sale at Marian’s, O’Connell Street.