Carrick-on-Suir students stage ‘Back to the 80s’

More than 60 Comeragh College students and two of their teachers will take a nostalgic step back to the music of the 1980s in their Christmas musical, which opens at Carrick-on-Suir’s Strand Theatre next Thursday, December 12.

More than 60 Comeragh College students and two of their teachers will take a nostalgic step back to the music of the 1980s in their Christmas musical, which opens at Carrick-on-Suir’s Strand Theatre next Thursday, December 12.

The cast and back stage crew are working hard in daily rehearsals for the “Back to the 80s” musical that will run at the Strand for three nights, finishing on Saturday, December 14.

“The show features some of the most popular hits from the 1980s including “Footloose”, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and “Never Gonna Give You Up” to name just a few and promises to be a real treat for all the family,” said director and teacher Emily O’Dwyer.

Helping Emily with staging the production is assistant director Margaret Noonan and choreographer Tricia Woods.

Carrick-On-Suir Musical Society is assisting the college with set design, themed features of the 1980s and advertising.

Diane Hyde and James Williams are the two teachers donning the greasepaint with their students to perform in the musical. They play the roles of Ms Brannigan and Mr Cocker.

The rest of the cast comprises students from every year at Comeragh College.

Preparations for the show began in September and according to Emily the cast even rehearsed during the mid-term break and at weekends.

“Back to the 80s” was written by Neil Gooding. It was first staged by the Neil Gooding Productions Pty Ltd. in Sydney, Australia in 2004 and has become a popular show for school productions.

Comeragh College is well known in Carrick for its annual school show. Last year it staged the hugely popular Comeragh’s Got Talent show at the Strand Theatre .

Tickets for “Back to the 80s” are selling fast and are available from Comeragh College’s main office at (051) 640131.