Blockbuster “Michael Collins”, the Musical, featured very strongly in this year’s nominations at the AIMS/HB Awards announcement at St. Michael’s Theatre, New Ross, Co. Wexford.
Teachers Musical Society has been nominated for Best Overall Show in the Gilbert section and has also picked up five other nominations: Best Director for Eoin Cannon, Best Male Singer, Frank Beadle, Best Actor in a Supporting Role for both Sean Mc Mahon and Seamus Sullivan, and Best Chorus.
Wexford Light Opera has picked up six nominations for “The Witches of Eastwick” in the Gilbert Section – Best Overall Show, Best Director, John Donnelly, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Catherine Walsh, Best Comedienne, Sharon Clancy, Best Comedian, George Lawlor, and Best Technical Award– no surprise either in a very challenging show. In the Sullivan section Trim Musical Society were nominated for Best Overall Show, Best Director, Gareth O’Mahony, Best Stage Management, Frank Connolly, Best Female Singer, Siobhan McAleese, Best Actor, Dylan Walsh, and Best Comedienne, Gwen Bagnall, for the same show.
The other shows in the Best Overall Show category in the Gilbert Section reflect the geographical spread of Musical Societies under the AIMS umbrella. Along with Teacher’s “Michael Collins” and Wexford Light Opera’s “The Witches of Eastwick”, Galway Musical Society has been nominated for its production of “Jekyll & Hyde”, St. Agnes’ Choral Society, Belfast, for “The Sound of Music”, and UCD Community Musical, Dublin for its staging of “The Phantom of the Opera”.
A similar geographical spread is evident for the Best Overall show nominations in the Sullivan section: Ballywillan Drama Group, Portrush for their production of “Whistle Down the Wind”, Birr Stage Guild for “Oliver”, Clane Musical Society for “Sweeney Todd”, and St. Michael’s Theatre Musical Society, New Ross, for “The Producers”.
This year’s nominations also reflect a lovely blend of new shows like Disney’s “Beauty, and The Beast”, “All Shook Up”, “The Producers”, “Rent”, “Cats” and in the more traditional shows like “Fiddler on the Roof” “Oliver” and “The Wizard of Oz”. Another interesting fact of the nominations this year is the success of many of the Youth and University groups who featured strongly with a number of them doing very well.
The winners of the Awards will be announced in the Gleneagles Hotel, Killarney on June 15 and, doubtless, the excitement amidst the nine hundred plus who will attend will be tangible.