De La Salle Musical Society

De La Salle Musical Society was the longest running musical society in Waterford City. From its early days and ‘The Pied Piper Of Hamlin’ in 1931 to Mack and Mabel in 2011 this society performed every year through thick and thin until finally winding down in 2011. Multi award winning and featuring multiple award winners over the years, the highlight was without doubt ‘The King And I’ in 1993 that swept the boards in AIMS as well as a strong performance in the Waterford International Festival of Light Opera.

Video – Nothing Like A Dame – South Pacific 1988 – De La Salle MS

Here is a classic from De La Salle MS featuring Pat McEvoy as Luther Bills – it’s ‘Nothing Like A Dame’.

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Video – Some Enchanted Evening – South Pacific 1988 – De La Salle MS

Here is the late great Billy McCarthy as Emile serenading Ruth Coughlan as Nellie Forbush in De La Salle’s 1988 production of South Pacific.

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Video – Hooverville – Annie 2007 – De La Salle Musical Society

Here is ‘Hooverville’ from Annie produced by De La Salle Musical Society in 2007.

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Video – Lonely Room – Oklahoma 1999

Here is Pat McEvoy as Jud Fry in De La Salle’s 1999 production of ‘Oklahoma’.

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Video – NYC from Annie – De La Salle Musical Society, 2007

Here is NYC from Annie – this version produced by De La Salle Musical society in 2007. Featuring Ray Collins as Oliver ‘Daddy’ Warbucks and Sonya Fox as Grace.

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Video – This Nearly Was Mine – South Pacific 1988

The wonderful Billy McCarthy as Emile in South Pacific 1988, produced by De La Salle Musical Society.

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Video – Getting To Know You – The King And I – De La Salle 1993

From De La Salles award winning 1993 production of ‘The King And I’, here is Carrie Crowley leading ‘Getting to Know You’.

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Video – Ballet from Carousel – 1986 – De La Salle Musical Society

From the 1986 production of Carousel here is the Ballet from De La Salle Musical Society. The lead dancer was a young Michelle Condon.

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Video – Easy Street from Annie – De La Salle Musical Society 2007

Here is Karen Steenson, Jennifer White and Mark White with ‘Easy Street’ from Annie, 2007. Produced by De la Salle Musical Society.

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Racing with the Clock from ‘The Pyjama Game’ – DLS Musical Society , 1988

Here is a vintage video from De La Salle Musical Society – Racing with the Clock from The Pyajama Game, 1988.

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Video – Backstage At Guys and Dolls – 2000 – DLS Musical Society

Some footage from Waterford At 8 recorded backstage during De La Salles 2000 run of ‘Guys And Dolls’. Featuring some of the lead characters from the production.

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Video – When I Marry Mr. Snow 1986 – Carousel – De La Salle MS

Featuring the wonderful Martina Flynn and Alison Bowyer here is a lovely clip from 1986 and the De La Salle production of ‘Carousel’.

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A History of De La Salle Musical Society – from the News & Star 2005

Way back in 2005 Eddie Hearne was the Theatre Critic for the Waterford News & Star. For the 2005 Christmas Supplement he wrote a piece on the history of De La Salle MS. Unfortunately De La Salle MS is no longer with us – but there are many happy memories there for people who were involved over the years. I’ve …

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Video ‘ Tomorrow ‘ from De La Salle’s Annie.

Here is the cabinet version of ‘Tomorrow’ from De La Salle’s production of Annie.

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Video – Small House Of Uncle Thomas – The King & I – 1993

The brilliant Ballet scene from the AIMS best show of the 1993 / 94 season. Choreography by Tara Ann Byrne. Produced by De La Salle Musical Society.

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Video – 2006 – Penniless Bums from Some Like It Hot

Back to 2006 today and De La Salle’s production of ‘Some Like It Hot’. Fronted by David Condon and Andrew Holden here is ‘Penniless Bums’.

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1983 – The Gypsy Baron – Show Programme – De La Salle MS

From way back in 1983 here is the show programme from De La Salle Musical Society’s production of ‘The Gypsy Baron’ which was directed by the legendary Ray Jeffery. 1983 – The Gypsy Baron – Show Programme

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Videos – No Business Like Show Business – Annie Get Your Gun 2007

This from De La Salle musical Society’s 2007 production of Annie Get Your Gun.

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Videos – Guys and Dolls from Guys And Dolls – 2000

Here’s the title song from De La Salle Musical Society’s 2000 production of ‘Guys and Dolls’ – fronted by David Condon and Tobie Hickey.

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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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The Desert Song 1965 – Scrapbook

I’m very grateful to Hilary McCormack for sharing a special scrapbook with me this week – full of memories – from the late 1960’s and in particular De La Salle Musical Societies productions. I’ll share it in several parts over the coming weeks. Today I have the 1965 section with ‘The Desert Song’ with press clippings and rare photos including …

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1965 – The Merry Widow – De La Salle MS – Programme

Way back to 1965 and the silver jubilee production of De La Salle MS as they presented ‘The Merry Widow’ in the Theatre Royal. Many familiar names and faces, adverts from a long bygone era – it’s all in these pages. Thanks to Patrice Power for filling in this blank for me. 1965 – The Merry Widow Show Programme

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Some Vintage Photos 1958

Thank you to Patrice Power for sharing these vintage photos from 1958 and ‘The White Horse Inn’. 3 photos – in the first one is her Dad Paddy Doyle and the legendary Musical Director Stanley Bowyer. Then we have in costume Joyce Conway, Betty and Aileen Cooney. Finally in the third one we have Angela Quilty, John Hauxvell and Betty …

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1961 – Die Fledermaus – De La Salle MS

Back 58 years to 1961 and the show programme from the De La Salle Musical Society production of Die Fledermaus. 1961 – Die Fledermaus – Show Programme

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WTA 129 – Luck Be A Lady Tonight from Guys and Dolls – 2001, DLS Musical Society

You know it’s great to get a good strong number with a male chorus in it, and Luck Be A Lady is one of those numbers where the male chorus is on display front and centre. This is from De La Salles production of Guys and Dolls from 2001. Enjoy!

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1969 – South Pacific – De La Salle Musical Society

Way back 50 years today to the spring of 1969 and a production of South Pacific from De La Salle Musical Society. Here is the show programme from that show that featured many well known stars from yester year. South Pacific has remained a favourite – since being produced by De La Salle College in 1985, De La Salle Musical …

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1959 – Oklahoma! Show Programme – De La Salle MS

Way back 60 years ago De La Salle MS were producing Oklahoma! A very old programme here and a very welcome addition to the archive! 1959 – Oklahoma! – Show Programme

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1965 – De La Salle Musical Society – The Desert Song

Way way back 54 years today to the De La Salle Musical Society and ‘The Desert Song’. Up until it’s recent demise, De La Salle was the longest running musical society in Waterford producing everything from classics like this to Cabaret and everything in between. Here is the show brochure – and as always even looking at the adverts is …

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2001 – Brigadoon – De La Salle Musical Society

Back 17 years today to roughly around this time of year and De La Salle were presenting ‘Brigadoon’ in the Theatre Royal under the direction of Tony Finnegan. The show programme is below. 2001 – Brigadoon – Show Programme

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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The ‘Kings’ And I – De La Salle Musical Society

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 of awards in both competitions. Here are the two show programmes …

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Vintage De La Salle Musical Society Programmes

Three vintage De La Salle Musical Society programmes from the early 60’s are hiding in the archive – and are worth a look (even for the classic adverts alone!). 1962 / 63 and 64. Some well known names in the chorus and in the principle line up. 1964 – Floradora – Show Programme 1963 – The Count Of Luxembourg – …

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De La Salle MS Programmes added to archive!

Today I have two classic De La Salle Programmes for you. 1987 – The Pyjama Game and 1988 – South Pacific. Enjoy! 1987 – The Pyjama Game 1988 – South Pacific

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De La Salle Musical Society Material Added

4 New programmes for you today! So – if you were in 1983 ‘The Gypsy Baron’, 1985 ‘The Merry Widow’, 1990 ‘The Music Man’ or 1992 ‘Hello Dolly’ this update is for you… As always click below to see any of the programmes and I will be adding them to the archive under De La Salle MS. You can find …

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