St. Mary’s Choral Society in Clonmel is currently in rehearsal for its forthcoming production of Man of La Mancha, which was last staged by the society in December 1988.
The 1988 production was a huge success for St. Mary’s, which was one of the first musical societies in the country to stage the show.
It scooped eight nominations from the 1988/89 AIMS Awards Scheme, winning seven awards for the society including Best Overall Show, Best Show All Amateur Cast, Adjudicator’s Special Award (Damien Slattery for Most Promising Singer), Best Director (Michael O’Donoghue), Best Musical Director (Danny Carroll), Best Female Singer (Bernie Lonergan) and Best Choreography (Michael O’Donoghue). The show was also runner up for the Best House Management Award. This was a record number of awards at the time and this record remained unequalled for ten years.
In the run-up to this year’s production the society hopes to have a display of photographs from the 1988 production on display in the White Memorial Theatre and in the programme for this year’s show, and are asking the cast of 1988 to loan any photographs they may have to be copied for the display. Thanks are extended to those who have already loaned photographs but more are needed.
If anyone can help please contact Ruth on (086) 2301977.
This year’s production of Man of La Mancha, which will be staged in April, will celebrate the 75th anniversary of St. Mary’s Choral Society.