St. Mary’s Choral Society are in a celebratory mood this week having scooped four AIMS (Association of Irish Musical Societies) nominations for their recent production of Jesus Christ Superstar.
Maureen Walsh, who directed the production, has been nominated for the Best Director Award, while Diarmuid Vaughan has been nominated for the Best Actor Award for his performance as Judas. The King Herod Scene has been nominated for the Best Ensemble Award and the show programme has also been nominated in the Best Programme category.
Originally from Crewe in England, Maureen Walsh was a founder member of Tipperary Musical Society in 1982 and played numerous leading roles with Tipperary. She won the Best Female Singer Award in 1990 for her performance as Marianne in The New Moon, and she was also nominated for Best Female Singer in 1983 and Best Actress in 1988. She was also runner-up in the Best Overall Performance category in 1990. Maureen began her directorial career a few years ago and Jesus Christ Superstar is her third production to direct for St. Mary’s, the previous ones being Oklahoma! and HMS Pinafore last year, which both received AIMS nominations. This is her first time being nominated in the Best Director category. Her produciton of Jesus Christ Superstar with Tipperary Musical Society in 1996 was awarded the Spirit of AIMS Award.
Diarmuid Vaughan is no stranger to the awards platform, having been nominated on three previous occasions by AIMS. He was nominated for the Best Supporting Male Award in 2005 for his performance as Rooster Hannigan in Annie, and in 2006 he was nominated in the Best Comedian category for Captain Andy in Show Boat. He also received a Best Comedian Nomination last year for his performance as Ali Hackim in Oklahoma!
The Best Ensemble Award is a new award this year and the King Herod scene in the show, which featured Keith Greene as King Herod, has been nominated in this category.
Ruth Butler (Programme Editor) has had numerous programmes nominated over the past six years, including Show Boat in 2006, which won the overall Best Programme Award. The last programme nomination was in 2008 for Brigadoon and the society are delighted that once again the hard work in putting a show programme together has been recognised by AIMS.
The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Saturday, 18th June in the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney.