Spotlight / Premier Productions

Spotlight (or later Premier Productions) was the second of the youth inspired groups of the early 90’s. Like Stage Fright they started with a popular show – ‘Fame’ (the Irish Premier) and went on to produce several firsts for Waterford. A break for financial reasons occurred between 1999 and 2001, but they returned for 2 more years until eventually winding down in 2003. In that time they produced 9 shows and won several major awards including 6 AIMS choral festival musical cameo trophies.

Video – All For The Best – Godspell – 1994 – Spotlight Productions

Here is ‘All For The Best’ from Spotlight Productions 1994 version of Godspell.

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Video – Nice Work If You Can Get It – Crazy For You 2003

Here is one from Premier Productions version of ‘Crazy For You’ from 2003. ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’ going into a French version of ‘Biding My Time’.

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Video – Song Of The King – Premier Productions – Joseph 1997

From the 1997 Premier Productions award winning production of ‘Joseph’ here is ‘Song Of The King’ performed by Michael Power as Pharaoh.

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Video – Any Dream Will Do – Joseph – Premier Productions 1997

Here is the final chorus from Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat produced by Premier Productions in 1997 in the Forum Waterford. Featuring Jamie Beamish and Greta Rochford.

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Video – Little Shop Of Horrors from The Little Shop Of Horrors – 1993

From Premier Productions acclaimed production of ‘The Little Shop Of Horrors’ here is the opening number from the show.

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Videos – God Save The People – Godspell 1994

From Spotlight Productions 1994 production of ‘Godspell’ here is ‘God Save The People’. Directed by Gary Power, Choreography by Michelle Condon

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Videos – Goodbye 12, Goodbye 13, Hello Love – from A Chorus Line 1998

Here is ‘Goodbye 12, Goodbye 13, Hello Love’ from the Montage section of ‘A Chorus Line’ by Premier Productions, 1998 in ‘The Forum’. The dialogue has been edited out and the song ‘Nothing’ will feature in a separate update.

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Video – Turn Back O Man from Godspell – Spotlight Productions 1994

Hazel Kelly (Tebay) leads the troops in ‘Turn Back O Man’ from Godspell way back in 1994.

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Video – Slap That Bass – Crazy For You 2003 – Premier Productions

Here is ‘Slap That Bass’ from Premier Productions 2003 version of ‘Crazy For You’. David Condon leads the troops as Bobby Child.

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Video – Day By Day – Godspell – 1994

This is from Spotlight Productions version of Godspell, staged in 1994 in the Theatre Royal, Waterford.

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Video – What I Did For Love – A Chorus Line – Premier Productions 1998

Here is the beautiful ballad ‘What I Did For Love’ from A Chorus Line by Premier Productions. This is one of the few shows staged upstairs in the Forum Theatre during it’s short lifespan. Led by the brilliant Ursula Hauck.

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Video – Benjamin Calypso – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Premier Productions

This from Premier Productions 1998 production of ‘Joseph’ – it’s Benjamins Calypso with an absolute ton of familiar faces in there.

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Video – ‘A Chorusline’ opening – Premier Productions 1998

The opening to Premier Productions ‘A Chorusline’, produced in the Forum Waterford in 1998.

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Videos – The Meek Shall Inherit – Little Shop Of Horrors 1993

This from Spotlight Productions 1993 production of ‘The Little Shop Of Horrors’ directed by Denny Corcoran.

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Videos – Entrance To Nevada – Crazy For You

This from Premier Productions 2003 production of ‘Crazy For You’ in the Theatre Royal, Waterford.

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Video – Jacob & Sons / Josephs Coat – Premier Productions – 1998

Way way back many centuries ago… well not exactly – way way back 21 years ago Premier Production produced ‘Joseph’ in the Forum – becoming the first local society to produce a musical in the Theatre. Here is the opening sequence from that show with many many familiar young faces.

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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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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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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 108 – ‘I Got Rhythm’ from Premier Productions ‘Crazy For You’ – 2003

‘Crazy For You’ is the modern-day Gershwin musical, and in 2003 Premier Productions produced the show in the Theatre Royal Waterford, directed by Liam Butler and Choreography by Michelle Condon. Here is the show-stopping finale to act 1 ‘I Got Rhythm’.

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WTA 101 – 1992 – Fame – Spotlight Productions Video Clip

The European Premier of ‘Fame’ took place in the Theatre Royal in the winter of 1992.  It was probably not the best show ever to grace the Theatre Royal stage, but if it achieved anything – it started another group of youngsters on the road to producing musical theatre. Spotlight became Premier Productions, and the rest is history… but for …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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1995 – West Side Story – Premier Productions

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) one of the largest Orchestras in the modern history of …

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