Carrick-on-Suir Theatre Festival this weekend

The organisers of Carrick-on-Suir’s new Music Theatre Festival have appealed to the people of the town to attend the inaugural event at The Strand Theatre this weekend.

The organisers of Carrick-on-Suir’s new Music Theatre Festival have appealed to the people of the town to attend the inaugural event at The Strand Theatre this weekend.

Four of Ireland’s top amateur musical societies - Wexford Light Opera, St Michael’s MS of New Ross, Thurles MS and Carrick-on-Suir MS - are competing in the festival for the Dick Meany Trophy.

Festival Committee Chairman Padraig Sheehan said the two Festival shows at The Strand on Saturday and Sunday will be great nights of entertainment featuring action packed variety shows followed by a cabaret contest in the theatre bar each night.

Mr Sheehan said the Festival will bring an influx of visiting supporters of the competing societies to Carrick, who will bring welcome extra business to local pubs, restaurants, shops and tourist accommodation.

“We would also really like the people of the town to support the Festival especially as it’s the first year we are getting it off the ground,” he added.

The competing societies will either stage a shortened version of one of their past productions or a variety show. On Saturday night, Wexford Light Opera Society, which won the Gilbert Section at this year’s Association of Irish Musical Society (AIMS) awards, will present “A New World”, followed by Thurles MS, presenting “Golden Moments”.

St Michael’s MS, this year’s Sullivan Section winner at AIMS, kick off the Sunday night show with the “The First Five Years” and will be followed by Carrick MS presenting “The Best of West Side Story”.

Festival adjudicator Tony Finnegan will select the overall winning society, which will receive a €2000 cheque and the Dick Meany Trophy. This beautiful sculptural piece of silverware was made by Seamus Gill and donated by the Meany family in memory of Carrick-on-Suir MS’ former honorary life-vice president, who died three years ago.

Festival show tickets cost €15 and can be purchased on-line @carrickmusicals.com or from The Strand at (051) 645050.