It’s a hive of activity down at the White Memorial Theatre where St. Mary’s Choral Society are preparing to present their 107th production, Chess, in just over two weeks time from Saturday, 28th April to Saturday, 5th May.
With wonderful music by Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus of Abba fame, songs include the hit songs ‘I Know Him So Well’, ‘One Night in Bangkok’ and ‘Anthem’.
Lyrics are by Tim Rice, who prior to teaming up with the Abba boys collaborated with Andrew Lloyd Webber on such wonderful musicals as Joseph, Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar, which the society presented to such great acclaim last year.
The story of the musical Chess involves a romantic triangle between two top chess players, an American and a Russian, played by Emmet Donlan and Diarmuid Vaughan, in a world chess championship, and a woman who manages one and falls in love with the other (Aine Hennessy), all in the context of a Cold War struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union.
This will be the first time that Chess has been staged in Clonmel and the production is directed by Michael O’Donoghue. Musical Director is Laura Cotter, choreography is by Gillian Hewitt-Fitzgerld and Majella Louise Fitzgerald and set design by Diarmuid Vaughan. Margaret O’Sullivan is assistant to the Director, Ruth Butler and Robert Donlan are in charge of backstage and the properties, as always, in the capable hands of Marie Crowe and her team.
Supporting the three main roles in the production are a host of St. Mary’s members. Sheena Fennessy, who wowed audiences as Nancy in Oliver in November, will play The Arbiter; David Hughes is Walter de Courcey, the leader of the US Delegation and Keith Greene plays Molokov, the leader of the USSR Delegation.
Svetlana Sergievsky, the deserted wife of the Russian is played by Michelle Moloney, who is making her debut in St. Mary’s front line. Other roles are played by George Barry, Grainne Vaughan, Ian Purcell, Patrick Morrissey, Gillian Byrne, Fiona Corcoran, Anthony O’Dwyer, David Hogan, Noel Cairns and a host of familiar faces who make up the supporting cast of embassy staff, officials, reporters and diplomats.
Booking will open on Tuesday next, 17th April at Marian’s, O’Connell Street, Clonmel, tel. 052-6123813.
With just 220 tickets available for each night and the show running for only 8 performances, tickets are sure to book out fast.