Champagne corks are popping for St. Mary’s Choral Society this week having scooped three AIMS nominations for their recent production of Jekyll and Hyde. The nominations were announced at the AIMS Choral Festival in New Ross on Sunday 19th May.
Diarmuid Vaughan, has been nominated this year for the Best Actor Award, the cast of Jekyll and Hyde has been nominated for the Best Ensemble Award and the show programme has also been nominated, edited by Ruth Butler.
This is the sixth AIMS nomination for Diarmuid Vaughan, who previously won the Best Actor Award for his portrayal of Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar two years ago. Diarmuid has been nominated this year for his outstanding performance as Jekyll/Hyde.
Ruth Butler has had numerous programmes nominated over the past eight years including Show Boat in 2006, Jesus Christ Superstar (2011) and last year’s programme for Chess which won the overall Best Programme Award. This year’s programme for Jekyll and Hyde has also received a nomination for Best Programme and the society are hopeful that the award will be coming home to Clonmel for the third successive year.
Four other nominations came the way of the Premier county this year: Tipperary Musical Society received one nomination for its production of The Producers which they staged in February; Cathal O’Donoghue, who played Roger de Bris has been nominated for the Best Comedian Award; and Thurles Musical Society which staged Titanic the Musical in March received three nominations for the production – Best Technical, Best House Management and Best Musical Director Mary Rose McNally, who incidently was chorus mistress/vocal coach for Clonmel’s Jekyll and Hyde.
The winners of the Awards will be announced at the AIMS/HB Awards ceremony on Saturday June 15 in the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney.