Harolds Cross Tallaght and Tullamore Musical Societies secure Best Overall Shows in Gilbert and Sullivan Categories
~~ASSOCIATION OF IRISH MUSICAL SOCIETIES ANNUAL MUSICAL THEATRE AWARDS ANNOUNCED IN THE INEC, GLENEAGLE HOTEL KILLARNEY.
In a sell-out event in front of twelve hundred musical theatre aficionados in the INEC, Killarney, the Association of Irish Musical Societies announced the winners of their annual musical theatre awards.
In a night of anticipation, the MC for the evening was TODAY FM presenter, Fergal d’Arcy who led the evening’s ceremony with his usual panache and flair in a dazzling opening number with a special guest appearance by actor Simon Delaney.
Overall winners taking the spoils tonight were Harold’s Cross Tallaght Musical Society who won best overall show with an Irish premiere of URINETOWN and also scooped awards for Best Director Eoin Cannon, Best Ensemble piece and Best Comedian for Damien Hurley for his portrayal of the character Officer Lockstock. FACT School of Performing Arts received a third place overall with their production of the Phantom of the Opera, they won a Best Director award for Sean Gilligan and Best Visual Award and were nominated for Best Musical Director, Killian Grumley Traynor.
Tullamore Musical Society also won best overall show in their category for a production of Witches of Eastwick, and runners up in categories for Best Director, Paul Norton, Best Male Singer, Chris Corroon, Best Ensemble and Best Visual Show. Athlone Musical Society received awards for Best Programme and were nominated for Best House Management and Best Choreography, Nicole McDonald.
The west is definitely Awake with winners for Marian Choral Society Tuam with their production of the Pirate Queen, for Best House Management, Best Male Singer for Dave Langan. Tuam Youth Theatre’s Emma Harte won for her excellent portrayal of a tomboy, “Anybodys” in their production of West Side Story. Galway Musical Society won the award for Best Comedienne for Hannah Wright for Ellie Woods in their production of Legally Blonde. Corofin Musical Society won a Best Actress in a Supporting Role with Olibhia Donnelly. Ballinrobe Musical Society won a Best Actor in a Supporting Role Award for Niall Conway, for his portrayal of Uncle Fester in The Addams Family and runners up in the Best technical category and Best Actor category for Michael Coen
Carrick on Suir Musical Society secured the Best Chorus Award for their production of Sister Act and runners up for Irene Malone in the Best Comedienne category and in the Best Ensemble category. Roscrea Musical Society were nominated for Best Overall Show, the Addams Family, runners up for Best Musical director for Mary Rose McNally and winner of the Best Actor Award for Paul Spencer for his portrayal of Gomez in the Addams Family. Tralee Musical Society were runners up in the categories of Best programme and won awards for Best Actor Gary Murphy, Best Stage Manager, Des Hurley and Laura Lee Curtin was also nominated in the category of Best Actress and were nominated for Best Director for Oliver Hurley. They also secured a second place in the Overall show category for their production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Beautiful Game. Cork Institute of technology scored a second place for Best Overall Show for their production of BARE an Irish premiere. They also received a nomination for the Adjudicator’s Special Award and won the Best Musical Director Award with Michael Young, Best Chorus and also received a nomination for Best Male Singer Michael Greene.
In the South East, Waterford Musical Society won Best Ensemble for their interpretation of The Dream Ballet scene in their production of Oklahoma. A musical theatre stalwart Mary Aylward won the Mary Kelly Unsung Hero Award for her contribution to musical theatre in Waterford City. Wexford Light Opera Society were nominated for Best Overall show for their production of Evita, they also won Best Musical Director for Fintan Cleary and also a win in the Best technical category. They were also nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for James McDermott and also nominated for Best Chorus. Avonmore Musical Society based in Arklow got Third Overall Best show for their production of Evita. Leah Penston won the Best Actress category for her portrayal of Eva Peron They also received nominations for Best male Singer for Chris Currid, Best Director for Stephen Acton
New Lyric Operatic Society in Belfast won Best Visual for their production of High Society and were also nominated for Best Musical Director for Wilson Shields. St Patrick’s Choral Society Downpatrick won Best Supporting Actor for Fergal White in their production of Sunset Boulevard and also the Best technical award. St Agnes Choral Society received runners up awards for Best Visual, Best Comedian, Brian trainor, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Michelle Hannaway. Newcastle Glee Singers won a best actress award for Emma Nugent and runner up in Best actor category for Jay Walsh in their production of 9 to 5. Youth performances were also awarded highly with a Adjudicators special award nomination for Ballywillan Drama Group for their production of Cats, Fusion theatre Lisburn for their production of Whistle Down the Wind. Belfast Musical and Dramatic Society were also nominated for the adjudicators Special Award for The Spelling Bee and nominated for Best Comedian for Seanan Maguire and won a Best Comedienne award for Sarah McFarlane in a production of Guys and Dolls.
A minutes silence and a visual tribute was held in memory of the late John Donnelly who had been nominated as Best Director for successive years in these AIMS musical theatre awards. May He Rest in Peace.