St. Mary’s Choral Society are in a celebratory mood having scooped four AIMS (Association of Irish Musical Societies) Nominations for their recent production of Chess the Musical.
Diarmuid Vaughan, current holder of the Best Actor Award, has been nominated for the Best Male Singer Award for his performance as Anatoly the Russian and Keith Greene has been nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Award for his performance as Molokov. Chess was also nominated for the Best Choreography Award (Choreographers Gillian Hewitt-Fitzgerald and Majella Louise Fitzgerald) and the show programme has also been nominated (Editor Ruth Butler).
This is the fifth AIMS nomination for Diarmuid Vaughan, who won the Best Actor Award for his portrayal of Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar last year. Diarmuid has been nominated this year for the Best Male Singer Award, following in the footsteps of his late father Michael who was nominated for the same award in 1983.
It’s the first time for Keith Greene to be nominated for an AIMS Award. However it won’t be the first time that Keith has represented his society on the AIMS podium, having collected the Best Ensemble Runner-Up Trophy for Jesus Christ Superstar last year.
Choreographers Gillian Hewitt-Fitzgerald and Majella Louise Fitzgerald, who put such tremendous work into the wonderful dance numbers in the show, will represent the society in the Best Choreography category. This is the first time in a number of years that St. Mary’s Choral Society has been nominated in the Choreography section, the last Choreography Award for Clonmel being for Man of La Mancha in 1989.
Ruth Butler (Programme Editor) has had numerous programmes nominated over the past 7 years including Show Boat in 2006 and last year’s programme for Jesus Christ Superstar, which both won the overall Best Programme Award. This year’s programme for Chess has also received a nomination for Best Programme and the society are hopeful that the Best Programme Award will be coming home to Clonmel for the second successive year.
Another nomination with a Clonmel connection is Mimi Lane, who has been nominated for the Best Female Singer Award for her performance as Eponine in Les Miserables with the South Eastern Youth Theatre Group, based in Waterford. Only last week 16 year-old Mimi was the winner of the Best Female Singer and Best Female Performer Awards for the same role at the Waterford International Festival of Light Opera.
The winners of the awards will be announced at the AIMS/HB Awards ceremony on Saturday, 16th June in the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney.