Carrick-on-Suir Musical Society kicked off its 75th anniversary celebrations on a high note by staging a hugely accomplished production of "Into The Woods" that has just ended its week long run at the Strand Theatre.
The Stephen Sondheim musical centres on a collage of well known fairytale plots and is both funny and entertaining but also tragic and dark, exploring some very serious themes.
It is a demanding show for any musical theatre group to stage but Carrick Musical Society pulled it off with aplomb.
All the show's principal cast members from the lead couple of Ray Nolan and Sandra Power as the Baker and Baker's wife to Louise Mulcahy as Cinderella and Irene Malone, who played a particularly chilling witch, gave first class performances on stage.
So too did Marie Kelly as Little Red Riding Hood, Ashley Cooke as Rapunzel, Pat Quinn-Bolger as Jack's Mother and the two prince charmings played with great comic timing by Keith Greene-Dwyer and Dermot Keyes.
One of the cast's youngest members David O'Donovan as Jack also deserves high praise for his acting and singing. And 12 year-old Cristian Nolan, who played the narrator on the night The Nationalist attended the show, displayed great natural acting ability.
The ensemble scenes featuring most or all of the cast such as the Act One Finale were among the highlights. They were obviously difficult scenes to choreograph and co-ordinate but the cast pulled them off like a professional troupe.
Another highlight was the show's stunning set created by John O'Donoghue, which was displayed at its best by atmospheric lighting throughout the show.
Overall, "Into The Woods" was a fitting curtain opener for Carrick Musical Society's special anniversary year and surely deserves recognition at the AIMS awards later this year.
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