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ROSCREA MUSICAL SOCIETY TO STAGE THE CLASSIC SOUTH PACIFIC
 
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Roscrea Musical society now in their 67th year are delighted to announce their forthcoming show Rodgers & Hammersteins South Pacific opening on 28th April running through to the 5th May 2007 inclusive at the Abbey Hall Roscrea.

ROSCREA MUSICAL SOCIETY TO STAGE THE
CLASSIC SOUTH PACIFIC

Roscrea Musical society now in their 67th year are delighted to announce their forthcoming show Rodgers & Hammersteins  South Pacific opening on 28th April running through to the 5th May 2007 inclusive at the Abbey Hall Roscrea. Castings for the show are now complete and rehearsals are well underway at the Abbey Hall where all are extremely busy.

This year the Society is delighted to welcome Mr Alan Kinsella as director for the show. Alan’s directorial credits include the world premiere of the new musical Creatures at Andrew lanes theatre, Dublin.  Most recently he directed a critically acclaimed production of “Streetcar named desire” at Samuel Beckett Centre. Alan has also appeared in numerous Christmas shows, pantos and some film and TV appearances. At his side is the able and patient Sarah Griffin as Choreographer who is no stranger to the stage herself.  Sarah is actively involved in the Ennis Musical society and took the role of Bloody Mary’s assistant in their production last year. The Musical Society would also like to welcome Mr Brendan Grant as musical director.  Brendan who hails from Wexford is currently teaching music at Cistercian College Roscrea.

South Pacific - music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, opened on Broadway on April 7, 1949, and ran for more than five years. It is generally considered to be one of the greatest musicals of all time, and a number of its songs, such as “Bali Ha'I”, “Younger than Springtime”, and “Some Enchanted Evening”, have become worldwide standards. It was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1950. The play is based on two short stories by James A. Michener from his book Tales of the South Pacific, which itself was the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1948.

Synopsis

As regards the setting for “South Pacific”, It's World War II and the US army has stationed a base on a South Pacific island. Soon, a young nurse, Nellie Forbush, falls in love with a middle-aged French plantation owner, Emile de Becque. The two have a troubled romance as Nellie slowly discovers the details of de Becque's past.  The commanding officers call on Nellie’s help to find out more about him. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Cable arrives to head a mission to create a spy post on a Japanese-held island. Bloody Mary, the island souvenir dealer, sets Cable up with her daughter. With lively and entertaining chorus numbers for both the male and female chorus this show aims to deliver a very enjoyable evening.

With a large cast of (40+) and lots of enthusiasm, the Musical Society look forward to another highly entertaining production. Leading the cast we welcome Clara Dalton who plays Nellie Forbush and Pat Doherty as Emile De Beque. Siobhan Bowe takes the role of Bloody Mary, with Leanne Delaney as her assistant.  The lively Luther Billis will be played by Paul Spencer. Back to the fore also is local singer Tadhg Maher who plays Lt Joseph Cable.  Jamie Mulvey takes the part of Liat, Lt Cables love interest in the show. 

Captain Brackett and Commander Harbison will be played by Gerry Dwyer and Martin Maher respectively. Ian Hanrahan will play the role of Stewpot alongside Colin Williams as the Professor.  Flying high as well is Tim Keane playing the role of Lt Buzz Adams. Paddy Dwyer makes a welcome return and this year plays the of Quale.  As always we are sure this is going to be another winner with our audiences.  So make sure to book early.  Booking is now open at Roscrea Credit Union 0505 23600. See you there!!

 





Leading man Pat Doherty


Tadgh Maher


The Island Girls


Martin Maher & Jerry Dwyer


Clara of Ireland


Jamie Mulvey


Paul Spencer


Ladies Chorus


Siobhan Bowe & Leanne Delaney


Margeret Stanley & Niamh O'Donnell



 


Conor Abbott


Director Alan Kinsella

 
Pat Carroll & Tim keane back row Paddy Dwyer, colin williams & Ian hanrahan
 


Makeup & Costume backroom


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