Productions of Oliver and Chess will ensure busy season for Choral Society

St. Mary’s Choral Society launched their programme of events for the 2011/2012 season in great style at the society’s home, the White Memorial Theatre last week. A large gathering of society members, patrons and guests heard society chairperson George Barry describe what promises to be an exciting season.

St. Mary’s Choral Society launched their programme of events for the 2011/2012 season in great style at the society’s home, the White Memorial Theatre last week. A large gathering of society members, patrons and guests heard society chairperson George Barry describe what promises to be an exciting season.

The society will stage Oliver! in November and Chess in April. Oliver! will be directed by Maureen Walsh, Musical Director will be Danny Carroll, Chorus Mistress is Laura Cotter, Choreographer Gillian Hewitt-Fitzgerald and Margaret O’Sullivan will once again co-ordinate the children’s rehearsals.

For the April production of Chess, never before staged in Clonmel, the Director will be Michael O’Donoghue, with Musical Direction by Laura Cotter and Choreography by Gillian Hewitt-Fitzgerald.

George Barry gave a special welcome to the society’s patrons and thanked them for their invaluable financial support during the past year. He thanked committee member Grainne Boyle-Ryan for all her work on the patronage scheme

He said the society was proud to have received four nominations for last year’s annual AIMS Awards with Jesus Christ Superstar and he congratulated award winners Ruth Butler and Diarmuid Vaughan. He thanked the Mayor for the Mayoral reception he had given the society following the awards.

He thanked all who had helped to organise the launch evening, in particular the members of the society’s community employment scheme, as well as committee member Marie Crowe, Edmond Power, Baylough Cheese, Glenpatrick Spring Water and society members Ciara Fogarty-Compton, John Staunton and Liam Hunter.

George Barry concluded by congratulating society members Eddie and Mary Cummins on their recent Golden Wedding Anniversary, Patsy Butler on her recent milestone birthday and Banna Chluain Meala on their wonderful success in competition .

Danny Carroll, Musical Director for Oliver! said it was a terrific musical, just what we need for the times in which we live.

The Mayor of Clonmel, Cllr. Darren Ryan joined with the society in congratulating Banna Chluain Meala and thanked both organisations for the opportunities they gave to the young people of Clonmel. He said he was more used to being part of the Front of House team than standing on the stage of the theatre but he was very proud to have been able to give the first Mayoral reception of his term of office to the society.

He also said he was proud to be standing on the stage of Clonmel’s own theatre.

Rehearsals for Oliver! will commence tonight, Wednesday, 7th September at the White Memorial Theatre at 8pm and the society looks forward to welcoming members old and new to join for what is certain to be another highly successful season.