Jumping back 24 years today to 1996 and a piece of G&S. The Edmund Rice Choral And Musical Society presented ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ in the Theatre Royal and here is an extract. This featured Denny Corcoran as a Groucho Marx styled Chief of Police!

I was delighted to be given a copy of an old cassette recording of the launch of Stage Frights ‘Pentimenti’ in the Waterford Crystal Showrooms way back in 1998. It’s important to acknowledge and thank David Hennessy for this valuable recording he shared with us all. Joining me to talkContinue Reading

One of my favourite parts of ‘The Phantom Of The Opera’ is the ‘Notes/Prima Donna’ sequence – which was so wonderfully delivered in todays video back in 2014 by an amazingly talented cast of so called ‘juniors’. I say so-called as they would put many a seasoned performer to shame.Continue Reading

In 2017 the South Eastern Theatre Group produced ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ – another highly successful production with AIMS nominations reflecting this, winning the award for best Ensemble. Here’s the show programme for a look. 2017 – Jesus Christ Superstar – Show Programme

Well now we are into the Irish Summer (!!) lets keep going with some summer-themed songs and ‘Summer Lovin’ from Stage Frights production of Grease back in 1991 – The show that re-invigorated theatre in Waterford. There’s a host of legends in this show… and in this clip too –Continue Reading

Back a short hop today to 2017 and Ignite Productions were once again producing an original piece of theatre that was challenging. This time it was the recent Broadway / London Lin Manuel Miranda masterpiece ‘In The Heights’. 2017 – In The Heights – Show Programme

The first Schools production of Les Mis in Waterford was performed by De La Salle College in 2006 in the Theatre Royal. Here is the show programme from that very performance. 2006 – Les Miserables – Show Programme

Another of the Backstage videos – this time of Crazy For You by Premier Productions in 2003. This mainly features a tour of the set (or lack thereof) by the Stage Manager Brian ‘Juckey‘ Collins in his own inimitable style. Good fun – enjoy!

No video exists of ‘Annie’ as a whole which took to the stage in 1996 – but some extracts of it were performed in Stage Fright’s Gala 121 in 1997. Here we have the kids from Annie performing ‘Never Fully Dressed’, Sarah Rochford as Annie with ‘Tomorrow’ – which theContinue Reading

Another classic photo today – and this time it’s from the Flaggy Lane Juniors production of ‘The Wizard Of Oz’ – 2005. Young and familiar faces here sharing the stage with some of the most experienced faces in Waterford Theatre. [Adsense-A]

Just a short update today – but what a great update and what a great photo. Fagin’s gang from the 1994 Stage Fright production of Oliver! , and how young are the heads in this one.

Today it’s another classic extract from Gala 121, 1997 – some scenes from ‘Oliver’ the Stage Fright production that did so well in WIFLO 1995.

In Spring of 2017 the South Eastern Theatre Group presented the ever-popular ‘Bugsy Malone’ in the Theatre Royal. Here’s the show programme. 2017 – Bugsy Malone – Show Programme

Back to 2012 tonight and some more class video from the lens of Colin Shanahan of Digicol media. It’s the intro sequence and some clips from ‘The Sound Of Music’ all over the live recording of ‘Doe A Deer’ as performed by the cast with Gabrielle Holden on main vocalContinue Reading

I recently spoke to Br. Ben about the Addams Family. When we finished talking about that we left the ‘tape running’ so to speak – and talked about choirs, theatre, composing operas and more… Worth a listen to anybody who ever met and worked with Br.Ben Hanlon.

The programme from the third time that De La Salle College produced Jesus Christ Superstar – this time the 2007 version. Have a browse! 2007 – Jesus Christ Superstar – Show Programme

The busy October schedule continues with the South Eastern Theatre Groups production of ‘The Beautiful Game’ rapidly approaching. Chairperson Dee Lanigan called in for a chat about what to expect and all things South Eastern….

Here is the finale from the WIFLO winning production of ‘Singing In The Rain’ from Flaggy Lane Productions – an award winning production under the direction of Pat McElwain. It should bring back a few memories for those getting rained on in the bright coloured raincoats!

Today we have the season brochure from WIFLO 2005 when Flaggy Lane Productions became the first Waterford Society to win the Festival with ‘Singing In The Rain’.. a feat they were to repeat in 2006 before South Eastern Theatre Group became the third and final winners of the Festival. AddedContinue Reading

Back 34 years today to the Spring of 1984 and De La Salle College presented ‘My Fair Lady’ in the Theatre Royal as their annual production. As always – a tremendous success. Here is the show programme for a browse. 1984 – My Fair Lady – Show Programme

Back in 2012 Ignite Productions (then known as the Waterford Glee Club) performed Cats with a largely junior cast in an award winning production directed by Vicki Graham. Here’s a flavour of it – the opening number ‘Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats’.

Back to 2013 today and the epic ‘This Is The Hour’ from the South Eastern Theatre Groups production of ‘Miss Saigon’. One of my personal favourite musicals. Featuring Holly Ryan as Kim and Josh Hurley as Thuy.

Avenue Q is a strange beast of a show – some find it hilarious, some find it – frankly quite offensive. Here are 3 promos that were made at the time (2013) to promote Avenue Q featuring Bill Stafford, Trish Orpen, Ciara Larkin and Alanna O’Neill… offensive or hilarious –Continue Reading

And now – the final part of ‘Everybody’s Got The Right’ – the making of Dat’s De Y’s production of Assassins, 2017. This three parter has been a hugely interesting video series and you can catch the other parts on the links below if you’ve missed it. Huge thank youContinue Reading

Another classic video today – way back to 1991 and the Edmund Rice Choral and Musical Society’s production of ‘My Fair Lady’. Featuring the late great Denny Corcoran as Alfie Doolittle, it also features prominently the late Peter O’Brien, another stalwart of the music and choral scene in Waterford.

2006 was the year when Flaggy Lane lifted the international trophy for the second time in 2 years, and for only the second time out of 3 times in total that a Waterford show won the Festival outright. Have a browse! Added to the WIFLO archive here. 2006 – WIFLOContinue Reading

In 1986, De La Salle College presented ‘The Music Man’ to add to their wide and diverse range of productions. Here is the show programme. 1986 – The Music Man – Show Programme

In 1988 De La Salle College produced ‘Oliver!’ for the first time featuring a host of young familiar names and faces on stage and off stage. Here is the show programme. 1988 – Oliver! – Show Programme

It’s the AIMS weekend – the Oscars of musical societies in Ireland and Killarney is the place to be tonight! Time to reminisce on older AIMS awards – back 20 years to 1998 when Premier Productions was nominated for ‘Joseph’ as best show, Michelle Condon for Best Choreographer and BenContinue Reading

Delighted to share part 2 of the 3 part Assassins documentary today. Its a smashing insight into putting on this most difficult of Sondheim shows. This episode focusses on the main characters in the show and on the actors that portrayed them. Produced by Brian Tuohy is’s well worth aContinue Reading

In the summer of 1997 Stage Fright under the guidance of Bryan Flynn presented ‘Pandora’s Box’ – a delightful musical performed by participants in the 1st Stage Fright summer camp. Here is the show programme. 1997 – Pandora’s Box – Show Programme.

Back in 2015 Ignite Productions performed a hilarious musical theatre revue in the Theatre Royal – ‘Roast’ where many of the biggest musicals of all time were lampooned. One such musical was ‘Fiddler On The Roof’ and here is the opening number ‘Tradition’ re-arranged to ‘Ambition’. This was performed byContinue Reading

Back to 1995 we trip to the Edmund Rice Choral and Musical Societies production of Brigadoon. Featuring the lovely voice of Michelle Kennedy here is ‘Waiting For My Dearie’, one of the early songs in the show with the female chorus. https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=ZW3zXaVz8qg

Godspell was the production of choice for Spotlight Productions (before they re-named to Premier Productions the following year). It was a riot of colour and energy, directed by Gary Power and Choreography by Michelle Condon. Here’s a short snippet from ‘We Beseech Thee’ – with a lot of young andContinue Reading

Today’s update – a vintage programme from De La Salle College way way back to 1981, 37 years ago. ‘Oliver!’ – one of the most popular of all the shows a school chooses to perform 1981 – Oliver – Show Programme

In 2006 Flaggy Lane presented the difficult ‘Whistle Down The Wind’ show to tremendous acclaim. This show came in the middle of their 2 famous WIFLO wins in 2005 with Singing In The Rain and 2006 with Guys And Dolls. Here is the show programme from that production – have aContinue Reading

Delighted to get a treasure trove of new material in over the weekend from the private collection of Margaret Upton. This – is what I would call ‘A History of Stage Fright’. It’s a collection of photos, programme covers, photos and miscellany from all of Stage Fright’s productions. It’s wellContinue Reading

Back to 2008 today and De La Salle were presenting ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ in late January. It was the revised Annie Get Your Gun script which was hugely different to the original incarnation that Edmund Rice presented in 1992 – see the Programme for that here. 2008 – AnnieContinue Reading

Back in 1986 De La Salle Musical Society performed the classic ‘Carousel’ by Rogers and Hammerstein. Here is some press photographs and a bit from Mick Brown’s column coming up to Carousel – (Friday November 7th ’86) interesting how they got Bryan Flynn’s name wrong! I guess nobody’s perfect 🙂Continue Reading

In 1980 De La Salle College brought us Jesus Christ Superstar. It was only their second show under the stewardship of Br. Ben Hanlon and Fr. Sean Melody (RIP). The show programme is attached as well as the News & Star’s review of the production from 1980 – a welcomeContinue Reading

Here is an unusual piece of memorabilia, but no less significant… Two AIMS banquet menus with Waterford nominations listed on them. 1996 and Stage Fright’s Chess was nominated for Best Set, Best lighting and Best Stage Manager – winning the Stage Manager award. Edmund Rice Choral and Musical Society pickedContinue Reading

This is their ‘Once a Year Day’ – from 1987, 31 years ago – it’s the De La Salle Musical Society and ‘The Pyjama Game’. Here’s a quick extract video for you to enjoy, and there is plenty of young heads in there that will be familiar.

Today it’s just a short rewind to last September and ‘The Kings Of The Kilburn High Road’ which was staged in Garter Lane by the David Hennessy Musical and Dramatic Society. Here is a photo gallery taken by the superb Colin Shanahan of Digicol Photography.   The photo gallery isContinue Reading

In 1999 De La Salle produced two shows – the first being Fiddler On The Roof, and this one – Oklahoma! in the Autumn time slot. Here is the show programme from the production. 1999 – Oklahoma! – Show Programme

In 1999 De La Salle MS were presenting ‘Fiddler On The Roof’ in early January.  1999 was a strange year for De La Salle as they presented 2 shows with Oklahoma following up in November that year as they changed their time slots. Here is the show programme from Fiddler.Continue Reading

This weeks jump into the recent past is Dat’s De Y’s April production of ‘Assassins’ – Sondheim’s masterpiece which ran in Garter Lane for a week long run. Photos are courtesy of the brilliant Colin Shanahan of Digicol Photography .  As always they are totally worth a look! 2017 –Continue Reading

Had to share this other quick montage of Grease clips from the 1991 Stage Fright production. As well as all the youthful faces and of course Bryan Flynn you’ll also see Noelie O’Neill – another legend of days gone by. It’s only a quick video – worth a look.

In 2004 the ‘Really Youthful Theatre Group’ produced their final production before transitioning into ‘Flaggy Lane Juniors’ – the ever popular ‘Annie’ in the Theatre Royal. Added to the Really Youth ful archive here. 2004 – Annie – Show Programme

Back to 1996 and De La Salle Musical Society were presenting ‘Carousel’ – the Rogers and Hammerstein favourite. This one had a sort of celebrity leading man in the guise of Seamus Flavin who at that time was appearing on Fair City supported once again by a who’s who ofContinue Reading

I didn’t have to think twice about sharing when this footage came into my hands. It is of course from the 1992 production of Annie Get Your Gun by the Edmund Rice society. There are so many legends in this video that are not with us anymore. Sylvia Walker –Continue Reading

Back to the original Tramore Musical Society and a production of ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ from 1998. Directed by Brendan Payne and staged by Brendan and Gary Power. Here is an old show programme from the production! 1998 – The Pirates of Penzance – Show Programme.

Back 23 years ago Tramore Schools made their debut in the Theatre Royal with Fiddler On The Roof under the direction of Pat McEvoy. It was the first of a trio of shows from the schools – South Pacific and Whistle Down The Wind being the other two. The showContinue Reading

In 1999 Edmund Rice produced the classic ‘Showboat’ in the Theatre Royal. Directed by Pat McEvoy it managed to pick up an AIMS nomination for Richie Hayes in the role of rubber face at the 1999/00 awards. Here is the show programme. 1999 – Showboat – Show Programme

In 1994 De La Salle College produced ‘The Boyfriend’ by Sandy Wilson. It was maybe a bit unexpected direction to go in – following on as it did from Jesus Christ Superstar the preceding year. Nonetheless – the college produced the goods again. Here is the show programme. 1994 –Continue Reading

The Theatre Royal Variety Performance took to the stage for it’s yearly outing in 2007, this time in the company of Flaggylane Productions. As usual it featured an all-star cast, and this year had a tribute to the great Dermot Graham as one of it’s centrepieces. There’s some nice readingContinue Reading

in 2015 Waterford Musical Society burst onto the scene with their production of ‘Carousel’ – the Rogers and Hammerstein classic. It was a welcome return to the big ticket classic style musical that had been missing for so long in the Waterford scene. Today here’s a photo gallery of theContinue Reading

De La Salle Musical Society twice produced ‘The King And I’ in an 11 year period – in 1993 and 2004. The 1993 production was particularly successful winning the AIMS overall award for Best Show, finishing as runner-up in the Waterford Festival of Light Opera and sweeping a host ofContinue Reading

For me this was – and always will be – the first real ‘game-changer’ in Waterford Theatre. Before Grease there were two societies performing tried and trusted standards. After Grease the floodgates opened and young people – and in fact anybody – who wanted to try and put on aContinue Reading

In 2005 Flaggy Lane became the first Waterford society to win the Waterford International Festival of Light Opera with their production of ‘Singing In The Rain’.  Here is a photo gallery of some production images from that show, courtesy of David Hennessy. 2005 – Singing In The Rain – PhotoContinue Reading

In 1995 Spotlight Productions became Premier Productions and produced the iconic ‘West Side Story’. At the time it had a who’s who of emerging young talent, many of whom still thread the boards. Directed by Gary Power and Choreographed by Michelle Condon. It had (and I stand to be corrected)Continue Reading

Back in 2004 Flaggy Lane Productions were debuting with their production of ‘The Hot Mikado’ which went on to finish 3rd in the Festival of Light Opera. If you look carefully you might see a young version of the current West End Jean Valjean as this production starred Killian DonnellyContinue Reading