Musical

2006 – Sleeping Beauty – De Braam School of Dance & Theatre

Here is a show programme from the De Braam school of Dance & Theatres production of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ with music by Tchaikovsky. The great Des Manahan appeared in this alongside many others. 2006 – Sleeping Beauty – De Braam School – Show Programme

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Video – ‘I’m Just A Girl Who Can’t Say No’ from Oklahoma – WMS – 2016

From the 2016 production of ‘Oklahoma’ – here is Waterford Musical Society’s version of ‘I’m Just A Girl Who Can’t Say No’ fronted by Jennifer White.

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2007 – Gypsy – De Braam School – Show Programme

Back to 2007 today and Natalie Van De Braam Schools production of the classic musical ‘Gypsy’. Loads of familiar young faces in this one – have a browse. 2007 – Gypsy – Show Programme

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Video – More I Cannot Wish You – Guys & Dolls – Flaggy Lane Productions

Featuring the legendary Des Manahan here is a beautiful song from Flaggy Lane’s 2006 award winning production of Guys & Dolls.

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Video – Bring Him Home – Glenn Murphy – Les Miserables

Glenn Murphy giving a show stopping performance of ‘Bring Him Home’ from the South Eastern Theatre Groups 2011 production of ‘Les Miserables’.

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Videos – Some Like it Hot from Some Like It Hot – De La Salle Musical Society 2006

This from De La Salle Musical Society’s production of ‘Some Like It Hot’ – the finale to the show.

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WTA 148 – When The Foeman Bears His Steel – Edmund Rice CMS 1996

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!

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Showtime Season 2 – Episode 3 – Pentimenti

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 talk about all things Pentimenti is a veteran of Bryan Flynn …

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WTA 133 – Opening / Sucks to be Me from Avenue Q – 2013, Ignite Productions

Avenue Q is a show that divides people – you either find it hilarious or offensive – or both in equal measure. This was the choice of Ignite Productions in 2013. Here’s a video of the Opening Sequence – ‘Sucks To Be Me’ and ‘What would you do with a BA in English’… and if you’re offended just a little …

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WTA 131 – Notes / Prima Donna – South Eastern Theatre Group

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. Enjoy!

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WTA 130 – Sur La Plage from The Boyfriend – De La Salle College 1994

Here’s a clip from a lesser known show ‘The Boyfriend’. De La Salle College produced this back in 1994, directed by Bryan Flynn.

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2017 – Jesus Christ Superstar – SETG Programme

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

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WTA 128 – Summer Nights from Grease 1991

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 – see how many you can identify!

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Showtime – Theatrebox Show Programme

The Show Programme from Showtime – the debut of Theatrebox in 2014 2014 – Showtime – Show Programme

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2017 – Ignite Productions – ‘In The Heights’ – Show Programme

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

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1997 – Press Details for ‘Joseph’ – Premier Productions

Well – it was big news at the time! One of the first groups to be allowed to perform the updated new version of ‘Joseph’ back in 1997 was Premier Productions – and this is the press release that was used at the time. Pretty amateurish to be fair by today’s standards – but still… a piece of our history. …

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2006 – De La Salle College – Les Mis 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

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Videos – Backstage At Crazy For You – 2003

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!

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WTA 112 – Annie – Premier Productions 1997

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 the full cast join in with at the end.

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2005 – The Wizard Of Oz – Flaggy Lane Juniors

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]

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1994 – Oliver! Fagin’s Gang Photo

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. ›

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WTA 110 – Nothing Dirty Going On from ‘The Best Little Whorehouse’ – Premier Productions 2002

Another rare extract from ‘The Little Whorehouse In Texas’ from 2003. Premier Productions produced the show in the Theatre Royal. No Video was recorded for this production, but thankfully WLR’s Waterford At 8 recorded some short extracts.

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WTA 109 – Oliver from Gala 121 – 1997

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.

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1989 – How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying – De La Salle College

In 1989 De La Salle College produced arguably the finest College and possibly junior show of all time – How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. It was a pet project of Br. Ben Hanlon who discussed the show at length in our podcast here.  Here is the show programme from that legendary show which came 4th in the …

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2017 – Bugsy Malone – SE Theatre Group

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

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WTA 103 – Sound of Music 2012 Intro and Doe A Deer

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 vocal as Maria. It was of course Ignite Productions, produced and …

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Showtime Episode 11 – Br. Ben Hanlon Pt 2

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.

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Video – Broadway Melody from ‘Singing In The Rain’ 2005

A clip from the ‘Singing In The Rain’ that took the WIFLO honours in 2005 from our own Flaggy Lane Productions… this is ‘Broadway Melody’ – enjoy!

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2007 – Jesus Christ Superstar – De La Salle College

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

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Showtime 008 – The Beautiful Game with Dee Lanigan

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….

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Showtime 007 – Br. Ben on the Addams Family and De La Salle at 40

Brother Ben has seen it all with De La Salle College… this episode he joins me to talk about the Addams Family – De La Salle’s annual production and De La Salle College’s 40th anniversary show. Slightly longer than normal this is a great conversation with a living legend of Waterford Theatre – and worth a listen.

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WTA 096 – Singing In The Rain Finale – Flaggy Lane 2005

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!

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2005 – WIFLO Season Brochure

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. Added to the WIFLO archive here. 2005 – Waterford International Theatre …

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1984 – De La Salle College – My Fair Lady Show Programme

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

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WTA 093 – Texas Has A Whorehouse In It – Premier Productions 2002

Way back to 2002 today and a Liam Meagher production of ‘The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas’ featuring a host of lovely girls and led by Ray Collins. This is a classic! Enjoy

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WTA 091 – Jellicle Songs For Jellicle Cats – Ignite Productions

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’.

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Annie – De La Salle Musical Society 2007 – Show Programme

2007 saw De La Salle stage the perennial favourite ‘Annie’ – that seemed to pop up every couple of years in the noughties… Here is the show programme. 2007 – Annie – Show Programme

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Video – This is the Hour – South Eastern Theatre Group

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.

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WTA 088 – Avenue Q Promos

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 – you decide 🙂

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1999 – De La Salle College – Some Like It Hot – Show Programme

1999 saw De La Salle College producing the musical based on the classic Jack Lemmon / Tony Curtis movie. Here is the show programme! 1999 – Some Like It Hot – Show Programme

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WTA 085 – Everybody’s Got The Right – Episode 3

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 you to Brian Tuohy who produced, recorded and edited this video …

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WTA 084 – 1991 – My Fair Lady – Get Me To The Church On Time

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.

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2006 – WIFLO Season Brochure

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 – WIFLO Season Brochure

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1986 – De La Salle College – The Music Man

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

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WTA 077 – The Miss Saigon Scene from ‘Roast’

More comedy today – the parody of Miss Saigon from Ignite Productions version of ‘Roast’… no more description is necessary – enjoy!

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1988 – De La Salle College – Oliver! 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

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1998 AIMS Awards Banquet Menus and Nominations

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 Ben Hennessy for Best Sets. Also nominated that year was the …

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WTA 076 – Everybody’s Got The Right Episode 2

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 a watch.

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Videos – The Carousel Waltz from Carousel – WMS 2015

In 2014 Waterford Musical Society burst onto the scene with their debut production of ‘Carousel’. Here is the iconic Carousel Waltz from that production.

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1985 – De La Salle College – South Pacific Show Programme

In 1985 De La Salle College presented that most beautiful Rogers and Hammerstein show ‘South Pacific’. Here is the show programme. 1985 – South Pacific – Show Programme

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Video – ‘One Singular Sensation’ and Rehearsal Video from A Chorus Line 1998

In 1998 Premier Productions presented ‘A Chorus Line’ in the upstairs of the Forum Theatre – at the time the only venue big enough to allow 18 people to stand side by side!  At the time it was a brave move, some would call it fool hardy – and it subsequently lost a fortune and put paid to Premier Productions …

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2008 – The Mikado – Edmund Rice Choral And Musical Society – Show Programme

Some of the finest G&S productions ever seen in Waterford came from the Edmund Rice stable, and this is no exception. In 2008 the Edmund Rice society engaged the wonderful Andrew Nicklin who had produced some of the finest shows that visited WIFLO over the years. The show was – The Mikado and the ultra glossy coloured show programme is …

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WTA 069 – ‘Everybody’s Got The Right’ – The Making of Assassins – Episode 1

In March 2017 ‘Dats De Y’ productions presented ‘Assassins’ in Garter Lane. Producer of Assassins Brian Tuohy recorded video interviews during the production and combining them with video from the show and production photos has produced this great documentary – ‘Everybody’s Got The Right – The Making of Assassins’. This is part one and part two and three will follow …

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1997 – Pandora’s Box – Stage Fright MTC

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.

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WTA 068 – ‘Ambition’ from ‘Roast’

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 by Ray Collins and Greta Rochford (who recently performed the ‘real’ …

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1998 – Pirates of Penzance – Edmund Rice Choral & Musical Society

In 1998 Edmund Rice presented another of their highly successful G&S outings – this time the all-time classic ‘The Pirates of Penzance’. Here is the show programme. 1998 – Pirates of Penzance – Show Programme

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2000 – Guys And Dolls – De La Salle MS – Show Programme.

In 2000 De La Salle MS presented ‘Guys And Dolls’ directed by Tony Finnegan and choreographed by Oliver Hurley. The show programme is below. 2000 – Guys And Dolls – Show Programme

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Video – Tradition from De La Salle College’s Fiddler On The Roof – 1992

Tradition from De La Salle College’s 1992 production of Fiddler On The Roof directed and starring the legendary Gary Power as Tevye and the equally legendary Carrie Crowley as Golde.  

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2000 – My Fair Lady – Tramore Musical Society Show Programme

In 2000 the Tramore Musical Society presented ‘My Fair Lady’ under the direction of Brendan Payne in the Stella Maris hall. The show programme is below. 2000 – My Fair Lady – Show Programme

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2004 – Die Fledermaus – Edmund Rice Choral and Musical Society.

For its 2004 production the Edmund Rice Choral and Musical Society chose the Strauss epic ‘Die Fledermaus’ – and used a huge orchestra and a host of local talent with some national talent to bring it to the Waterford Stage. Here is the show brochure – have a look. 2004 – Die Fledermaus – Show Programme

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WTA 064 – This Jesus Must Die / Hosanna – Jesus Christ Superstar 1993

Back 25 years today for the week that is in it and Jesus Christ Superstar from De La Salle College. Some very youthful faces in here!  

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1983 – De La Salle College – Oklahoma! Programme

Back 35 years to 1983 today and De La Salle Colleges production of ‘Oklahoma’ – a vintage programme to add to the archive. 1983 – De La Salle College – Oklahoma!

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Video – The Sound Of Music – Final Chorus – Ignite Productions

Only a short video today, but one of my favourite songs. It’s a snippet from the final chorus of ‘The Sound Of Music’ from Ignite Productions, 2012.  Worth preserving.

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WTA 061 – ‘Waiting For My Dearie’ from Brigadoon 1995 – Edmund Rice

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

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Video – We Beseech Thee – Godspell 1994 – Spotlight Productions

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 and familiar heads in it

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1981 – ‘Oliver!’ – De La Salle College

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

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WTA 055 – Dirty Old Men from ‘Some Like It Hot’ 2006, De La Salle MS

Back to 2006 and one of a couple of productions of ‘Some Like It Hot’ that took place in the early noughties in Waterford. This one featuring another legendary character of Waterford Theatre – Paul Dillon who has been in everything and anything over a very long career. This time he’s playing a dirty old man accompanying a gang of …

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WTA 054 – 1992 – Annie Get Your Gun Opening – Edmund Rice Choral and Musical Society

It’s wonderful to see extracts like this with the legendary Des Manahan in full flight. A short video – the opening dance and number from the 1992 production of Annie Get Your Gun. It never ceases to amaze me – no microphones on display anywhere… these days we have them on everyone, but back then it was project or get …

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2006 – Whistle Down The Wind – Flaggy Lane Productions

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 a look! 2006 – Whistle Down The Wind – Show Programme

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2001 – The Yeoman Of the Guard – Edmund Rice Choral and Musical Society

In 2001 the ERCMS presented their 24th production – Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘Yeoman Of the Guard’ in the Theatre Royal. Here is the show programme. 2001 – The Yeoman Of The Guard – Show Programme

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“A History of Stage Fright”

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 well worth a read and a flick through if you were …

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2008 – Annie Get Your Gun – De La Salle – Show Programme

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 – Annie Get Your Gun – Show Programme

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WTA 049 – 1988 – Ol’ Man River from Showboat – Edmund Rice Choral And Musical Society

A simply wonderful performance from Noel Hayes as he performs ‘Ol Man River with the full male chorus backing. In 1988 times were more simple – we would never get away with that makeup in todays world – and most would say rightly so. Still – sit back and enjoy his wonderful voice and enjoy a snippet from ‘Showboat’ 1988. …

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WTA 047 – Opening from Guys and Dolls 2000 – De La Salle MS

Today we’re visiting De La Salle MS and their production of ‘Guys and Dolls’ from 2000. As always a lot of familiar faces in there.

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1986 – Carousel – DLS Musical Society – Some Press Coverage

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 🙂 Also interesting to see Liam Murphy and Pat McEvoy side …

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Video – We Go Together from Grease 1991 – Stage Fright MTC

There is a couple of features on video in the site already, but there is no clip from the actual show Grease – so here you all are! ‘We Go Together’ – the final of Act 1 of Grease 1991.

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1997 – Iolanthe – Edmund Rice Choral and Musical Society

In 1997 the ERCMS were presenting ‘Iolanthe’ in the Theatre Royal. this was the Edmund Rice’s 21st production. The show programme is added below. 1997 – Iolanthe – Show Programme

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1980 – De La Salle College – Jesus Christ Superstar

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 welcome addition to the archive. 1980 – De La Salle College …

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WTA 044 – Video – Skid Row from ‘Little Shop Of Horrors’ – Spotlight Productions 1993

It doesn’t seem like 25 years since Spotlight Productions put ‘The Little Shop Of Horrors’ on the stage. Featuring an absolute embarrassment of riches in the cast, many of whom went on to be directors, choreographers and brilliant performers in professional careers – but all were very very young in this one. So – back to 1993 we go and …

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1996 / 1997 AIMS Banquet Menus

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 picked up nominations for Best Choral Singing,Best Female Voice – Michelle Kennedy,Best …

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WTA 042 – The Pyjama Game VIDEO – 1987, De La Salle MS

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.

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The Kings Of The Kilburn High Road 2017 – Photo Gallery

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 is here.

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1999 – Oklahoma! – De la Salle MS

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

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WTA 040 – Jesus Christ Superstar Rehearsals – 1993, De La Salle College

Rehearsal videos are great to have – and this one is no different. Back to 1993 where some very young heads were preparing for Jesus Christ Superstar in the Theatre Royal directed by Bryan Flynn… I know some people are going to enjoy this one!

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1999 – De La Salle MS – Fiddler On The Roof

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. 1999 – Fiddler On The Roof – Show Programme

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Video – Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat Megamix 1998 – Premier Productions

Video day, and it’s a departure from the normal Tops videos (plenty of those to come in the future!). 20 years ago this week Premier Productions had ‘Joseph’ on stage – to this day still the only full scale musical production by a local group in the Forum theatre. It was a tremendous success, nominated for Best Overall Show in …

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2017 – Assassins Image Gallery

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 – Assassins Photo Gallery.

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Videos – ‘Grease’ 1991 Clips Video

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.

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2004 – Annie – Really Youthful Theatre Group

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

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1996 – Carousel – De La Salle Musical Society

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 of Waterford Theatre at the time. Here is a show programme …

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1992 – Annie Get Your Gun Rehearsal Footage

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 – legendary accompanist, Edmond Flavin, Denny Corcoran, Howard Douglas, the list …

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1998 – Tramore Musical Society – The Pirates of Penzance

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.

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2011 – De La Salle Musical Society – Mack and Mabel Photos

2011 saw the final show from De La Salle Musical Society – the much loved Jerry Herman classic ‘Mack and Mabel’. Full of glorious melodies and exciting dance routines – but alas it wasn’t enough to secure the future of the much loved De La Salle MS. Directed by Bryan Flynn and starring Michael Sands and Jenny White as the …

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Tramore Combined Schools – Fiddler On The Roof – 1994

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 show brochure is below. 1994 – Fiddler On The Roof – …

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Videos – Backstage At The Little Shop Of Horrors – 1993

Back in 1993 produced ‘Little Shop Of Horrors’ under the direction of Denny Corcoran. It was a huge success with many of the cast and crew going on to become a who’s who of Waterford Theatre for the next 20 years. This is a video of Davy Sutton running around backstage having a chat with everyone and some side footage …

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1999 – Edmund Rice Choral And Musical Society – Showboat

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

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1994 – DLS College – The Boyfriend

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 – The Boyfriend – Show Programme

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2007 – Variety Club – Music Madness & Mayhem

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 reading in the programme with a few nice articles – worth …

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WTA 026 – 1995 – Rehearsals for Brigadoon with the Edmund Rice Choral and Musical society.

This is a real blast from the past – a video taken by Martin Kennedy of what appears to be close to the final rehearsals for ‘Brigadoon’. Filmed in St. Otterans hall you can clearly see the set being built and the cast going through their final paces on the set. You might see an arts critic or two in …

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2015 – Waterford Musical Society – Carousel Photo Gallery

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 the production – taken by the uber-talented Colin Shanahan of Digicol …

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