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Video – Havanna from Guys and Dolls – 2006 – Flaggy Lane

Here’s a great scene from the 2006 award winning Flaggy Lane production of Guys and Dolls – Havanna.

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Video – Joseph Megamix – 1992 Tramore Tops

Here is a classic from Bryan Flynns 1992 Tramore Tops show. It’s worth noting what an amazing wig Brian Collins is wearing! 🙂

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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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Video – Make Em Laugh – Singing In The Rain – 2005

From the Flaggy Lane award winning production of Singing In the Rain, here is “Make ’em Laugh” performed by Damien Douglas.

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Video – 1980 Banks & Finance – Des Manahan and the Guitar Band

Here is a great little scene from the 1980 Tops of The Town Banks & Finance show featuring the legendary Des Manahan on guitar with a host of performers singing and playing with him.

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Video – The Lonely Goatherd – The Sound Of Music – Ignite Productions

From Ignites 2012 production of ‘The Sound Of Music’ here is ‘The Lonely Goatherd’. [Adsense-A]

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Video – Those Magic Changes – Grease 1993

From Stage Frights second production of ‘Grease’ here is ‘Those Magic Changes’ from 1993 with David Flynn leading the troops.

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Video – Children Will Listen – Into The Woods 2007.

Here is the finale to Into The Woods (any excuse for a bit of Sondheim). This is taken from the 2007 production of ‘Into The Woods’ produced by Imagine Theatre Group – an AIMS winner that year.

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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 – Finale from ‘In The Heights’ by Ignite Productions.

With ‘In The Heights’ flying high in the cinema here is the finale from our own local productions staged by Vicki Grahams ‘Ingite Productions’.

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Video – Everybody’s Got The Right – Assassins – Dats De Y Productions

Here is the brilliant opening to Assassins produced in 2017 in Garter Lane by Dats De Y Productions.

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Video – Sisters Opening – The Sound Of Music 2012 – Ignite Productions.

Here’s the opening Nuns Chorus from the 2012 production of “The Sound Of Music’ from Ignite Productions.

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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 – June Is Busting Out All Over – Waterford Musical Society 2015

Well – it is June – so here is an appropriate song from Waterford Musical Society, Carousel 2015.

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Video – 42 Seconds of Eddie Wymberry!

A 42 second video from the Banks & Finance 1980 national final appearance with Eddie Wymberry leading the troupe. Yep – 42 seconds!

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Video – The Ballet Comedy – A Night For Denny 2003

Here are some legends and rogues with their Ballet presentation from the Denny Corcoran Tribute night from 2003.

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Video – Blow High Blow Low – Carouse 2015 – Waterford Musical Society

Here is ‘Blow High Blow Low’ from Carousel 2015 courtesy of Waterford Musical Society

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Video – 1990 Waterford Crystal Tops – Dance Scene

From the 1990 Tops here is Waterford Crystals Dance scene. This was recorded at the national quarter final stage.

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Video – Guys And Dolls Opening 2006 – Flaggy Lane Productions

The opening / Fugue for Tinhorns from Flaggy Lanes 2006 Festival winning production of ‘Guys And Dolls’.

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Video – Golden Helmet Of Mambrino – Man Of La Mancha, Waterford Musical Society

From Waterford Musical Societies 2017 production of ‘Man Of La Mancha’ here is the Golden Helmet of Mambrino featuring the late great Des Manahan amongst others.

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1989 – Tops National Quarter Final Programme – Tramore vs Clara

Here’s another one of those classic Tops programmes. This time it’s from 1989 and the national quarter finals in Dundalk where Tramore travelled to compete with Clara on the night. It was the end of Tramore’s adventure that year. 1989 – National Quarter Finals – Tramore vs Clara

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Video – With A Little Bit Of Luck – My Fair Lady – 1991

From the Edmund Rice Choral and Musical Society production of ‘My Fair Lady’ from 30 years ago – way back in 1991, here is ‘With A Little Bit Of Luck’.

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Video – Sunday Morning Fever – Sister Act 2015

Here is the opening to Act 2 of Sister Act from Ignites 2015 production.

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Video – Nokia Tops – 1986 – the ‘Just Say No’ scene..

Here is the legendary ‘Just Say No’ scene from the 1986 Tops with Paul Corcoran in full hip swinging form…

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Video – Applause/Broadway Baby – Tramore Tops 1992

From the Tramore Tops 1992 here is the Applause / Broadway Baby scene featuring Vicki Graham and Carrie Crowley.

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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 – Beauty In The Bellow – The Hot Mikado 2004

Richie Hayes and Vicki Graham with a showstopper from Flaggy Lanes ‘The Hot Mikado’ 2004.

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Video – Skid Row / American Dream from Tramore Tops 1993

Here is the show stopping Skid Row / American Dream from the 1993 Tramore Tops produced by Bryan Flynn. This one is fronted by Liam Butler.

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Observe The Sons Of Ulster Marching Towards The Somme – Show Programme – Red Kettle 1990

Here is the show programme from Red Kettles 1990 production of ‘Observe The Sons Of Ulster Marching Towards The Somme’ (a contender for the longest play title ever???)… Observe The Sons Of Ulster Marching Towards The Somme – Show Programme

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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 – Razzle Dazzle from Chicago 1992 – Stage Fright

Here is Keith Dunphy as Billy Flynn singing ‘Razzle Dazzle’ from the 1992 Stage Fright production of ‘Chicago.’

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Video – As Long As He Needs Me – Oliver! 1994

Here is the great Carrie Crowley with a classic song from Bryan Flynns 1994 production of ‘Oliver!’. [AdSense-A

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The Spirit Of Man / War Of The Worlds – Crystal Tops 1990

The legendary Dermot Power with a showstopper from the 1990 Waterford Crystal Tops – ‘The Spirit Of Man’ – mixed in with some War Of The Worlds for good measure.

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Video – The Nativity from Whistle Down The Wind – Tramore Schools

Here is the brilliant Nativity from Whistle Down The Wind by Tramore Combined Schools.

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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 – ‘Let Me Sing And I’m Happy’ – Billy McCarthy, 2003

Taken from last Sunday nights stream and the last night concert of WIFLO 2003 here is the great Billy McCarthy in full flow with Irving Berlin’s ‘Let Me Sing And I’m Happy’.

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Video – Fit As A Fiddle – Singing In The Rain – 2005

From the WIFLO winning production here is a classic from ‘Singing In The Rain’ – produced by Flaggy Lane Productions in 2005.

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Video – Look At Me I’m Sandra Dee – Grease 1993

From Stage Frights 1993 production of Grease here is Karen Steenson leading the girls.

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Video – No Business Like Show Business – Annie Get Your Gun 1992

From the 1992 Edmund Rice Production here is ‘No Business Like Show Business’ featuring Des Whelan, Peter O’Brien, Des Manahan and Martina Flynn Shanahan.

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Video – It’s A Fine Life – Oliver 1994 – Stage Fright

Another video from ‘that’ production of Oliver! This time it’s Carrie Crowley as Nancy leading the troops in It’s A Fine Life.

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Video – This Nearly Was Mine – South Pacific 2019

A beautiful rendition of a beautiful song from Dermot Keyes as Emile in the 2019 Waterford Musical Society production of South Pacific.

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Video – Opening – Nokia Tops 1987

Here is the opening of the Nokia Tops from 1987.

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Video – Fly The Flag Of Freedom High – Michael Collins

It would have been Bryan Flynn’s 50th birthday today. Here is one of his masterpieces.

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Video – Here Within These Walls – Sister Act 2015 – Ignite Productions

Lynsey Penkert as the Reverend Mother singing ‘Here Within These Walls’ from Ignite’s production of Sister Act 2015.

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Video – Love On The Rocks – Waterford Glass Tops 1982

Here is the Boss himself Denny Corcoran singing ‘Love On The Rocks’ in the 1982 Waterford Crystal Tops show.

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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 – The 3 Mammas

Deborah Cunningham (1992), Brenda Giles (2018) and Anne Marie Collins (2019) all perform ‘Mamma’ from Chicago… we couldn’t pick between them so we added them all together.

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Video – Music Of The Night – Phantom Of The Opera 2013

Paul Mescal sings the show stopping ‘Music Of The Night’ in the South Eastern Theatre Groups production of ‘The Phantom Of The Opera’.

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Video – Blackout from In The Heights – Ignite Productions

From the 2018 production of ‘In The Heights’ here is the finale to Act 1 – ‘Blackout’. Produced by Ignite Productions in the Theatre Royal in 2018.

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Showtime! Waterfords Top 20 Favourite Musical Songs.

For anybody who missed the Top 20 countdown on WLR last night here is the online playback. Hundreds of people voted and we compiled the final list… have a listen below.

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Video – Chess / Maybe This Time from Nokia 1989 Tops

From the 1989 Nokia Tops show here is a great scene featuring songs from Chess and Cabaret.

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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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Video – Lady In Their Sensitivites – Sweeney Todd – Bowler Hat

Here is a stunning rendition of a beautiful quartet from Sweeney Todd – produced by Bowler Hat.

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Video – The Juck’s Backstage Tour of Les Mis 2011

Who better to give us a backstage tour of any show then the legend himself Mr. Brian ‘The Juck’ Collins? This from Les Mis 2011 by the South Eastern Theatre Group. Enjoy.

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Video – I Am So Proud – Hot Mikado 2004

From the Hot Mikado 2004 here is Adam Lawlor, Richie Hayes and Raymond Collins in the brilliant trio ‘I Am So Proud’.

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Video – Raise Your Voice – Sister Act 2015

Some more from the lunatic Sisters from Ignite’s 2015 production of ‘Sister Act’. This time it’s ‘Raise Your Voice’.

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Video – Pentimenti Extract – Stage Fright

Here is another extract from the classic ‘Pentimenti’ by Bryan Flynn.

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Luck Be A Lady – Guys And Dolls 2006 – Flaggy Lane Productions

Here is the show stopping ‘Luck Be A Lady’ from Flaggy Lanes award winning production of ‘Guys And Dolls’ back in 2006.

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Video – The Movie In My Mind – Miss Saigon – 2013 – South Eastern Theatre Group

From the South Eastern’s 2013 production of Miss Saigon here is Julie Power as Gigi and Holly Ryan as Kim singing ‘The Movie In My Mind’ – supported by the female chorus.

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1980 – Tops Of The Town Rules and Regulations Booklet

Did you ever wonder what kind of rules governed the beloved ‘Tops Of The Town’? Well – here is a booklet from 1980 where you can peruse the rules of the day! 1980 – Tops Of The Town Rules Booklet

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Video – Mama from Chicago 1992

Here is the wonderful Deborah Cunningham giving us Mama from Stage Frights 1992 production of Chicago.

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Video – ‘Oom Pah Pah’ from Oliver 1995 – Stage Fright

From ‘That’ production of Oliver here is another extract – this was recorded at a dress rehearsal, so you may spot a couple of cast members out of costume if you’re extra observant. Carrie Crowley leads the troupe as Nancy.

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1990 – Talbot’s Box – Red Kettle – Show Programme

From 31 years ago – back in 1990 – here is the show programme from the Red Kettle production of Talbot’s Box – directed by Jim Nolan. Have a browse. 1990 – Show Programme – Talbot’s Box – Red Kettle

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Video – ‘Consider Yourself’ from Oliver! 1995

From ‘that’ production of Oliver in 1995, here is ‘Consider Yourself’ – produced by Stage Fright and directed by Bryan Flynn.

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Video – Roxie from Chicago 1992

Here is Karen Steenson fronting ‘Roxie’ from Stage Frights production of Chicago from 1992.

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Video – Shaking At The High School Hop – Grease 1991

Here is the opening to act 2 from Stage Frights 1991 production of ‘Grease’ at the Theatre Royal Waterford.

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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 – Angels – Whistle Down The Wind 1996

Here is the beautiful duet ‘Angels’ from Whistle Down The Wind, produced by Tramore combined schools in 1996.

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Video – Wash That Man – Edmund Rice CMS – South Pacific 1993

Here is ‘Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair’ from South Pacific 1993, produced by the Edmund Rice Choral And Musical Society.

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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 – A Room in Bloomsbury – The Boyfriend 1994

From the 1994 productions of ‘The Boyfriend’ by De La Salle College here is Mark Power and Ursula Hauck with ‘A Room In Bloomsbury’.

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Video – When A Felons not Engaged In His Employment – Pirates Of Penzance – 1994

From the Edmund Rice Choral And Musical Society’s 1994 production of ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ here is Denny Corcoran leading the troops as the Chief of Police in a Keystone Cops-esque take on the song.

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Des Manahan Tribute – Interview with Matt Keane from 2015

This interview was recorded in 2015 as part of Matts ‘Keane On People’ season. At the time Des was rehearsing for Theatrebox’s production of ‘West Side Story’. First broadcast on WLR, for more see www.wlrfm.com.

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A Tribute To Des Manahan – Showtime, January 24th 2021

48 minutes of music he loved, extracts from Des talking and performances from Des. First broadcast on WLR on January 25th 2021 at 7pm. For more see www.wlrfm.com

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A Tribute to Des Manahan – The Saturday Cafe – Saturday Jan 23rd 2021

Here is the first tribute on WLR from Maria McCanns Saturday cafe on Saturday January 23rd 2021. (c) WLR for more see www.wlrfm.com

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Video – Whistle Down The Wind Prologue – 1996

By popular request here is another clip from last Sundays stream from ‘Whistle Down The Wind’ by Tramore combined schools – it’s the Prologue from the show in this case.

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Video – You’re The One That I Want – Grease 1991

Here are some very young faces in Stage Frights 2001 production of ‘Grease. [AdSense-A

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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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Video – Finale from ‘Whistle Down The Wind’ – Tramore Schools 1996

Here is the finale from Pat McEvoy’s inspired production of ‘Whistle Down The Wind’. The Irish Premier was staged in 1996 in the Theatre Royal Waterford.

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Video – Bless Our Show – Sister Act – Ignite Productions – 2015

From the 2015 production of Sister Act here are those crazy nuns with ‘Bless Our Show’. Produced by Ignite Productions.

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Video – Born To Handjive from Stage Frights Grease 1991

Here comes all the young faces again from 1991 – jiving away to their hearts content.

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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 – The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe – Red Kettle, 2002 – Waterford @ 8 Coverage

Another of the Waterford at 8 videos – this time featuring Red Kettle’s production of ‘The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe’. The show programme for this is also in the archive here.

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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 – Oklahoma! – Waterford Musical Society 2016

Here is the title song from ‘Oklahoma!’ from the 2016 Waterford Musical Society production.

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Video – When I Find My Baby – Sister Act – Ignite Productions 2015

Dennis Murphy leads the hoodlums chorus here with this great number from Sister Act 2015 by Ignite Productions.

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Video – Nobody’s Side – Chess – 1996

Here is ‘Nobody’s Side’ from Stage Frights 1996 production of Chess, fronted by the wonderful Michelle Kennedy.

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Video – Tonight Quintet from West Side Story – De La Salle College 1990

Here is the show stopping ‘Tonight’ Quintet from West Side Story produced by De La Salle College in 1990.

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The Good Thief – Theatre Royal 2018 – Show Programme.

Back in the summer of 2018 the Theatre Royal had a summer season of plays featuring local actors. One of those plays was ‘The Good Thief’ starring Michael Power in a one man show, directed by Liam Butler. Here is the show programme from that production for a look. 2018 – The Good Thief – Show Programme

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Videos – St. Pauls Tops Finale 1989

Here is the finale to the St. Pauls Tops Of The Town 1989 show. It features Brian ‘Mod’ Kennedy on lead vocals.

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Video – Greased Lightning – Grease – Stage Fright 1991

From the show that changed the Theatre Scene in Waterford – Greased Lightning. In 1991 Stage Fright burst onto the scene becoming the first Youth society in Waterford and paving the way for many more to follow their lead in the following years.

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Video – Pentimenti – History Book

Here is the epic opening to Bryan Flynns world premier of his first musical – Pentimenti. This recording is from the opening night.

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Some Vintage Photos from Red Kettle & Arts For All

I’m again grateful to Jim O’Meara for passing on these vintage photos to me from Red Kettle (The Black Pool, The Shaughran & The Gods Are Angry Miss Kerr) and Arts For All – a predecessor to Red Kettle. Click the link below to peruse the gallery. Vintage Red Kettle & Arts For All Photos

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WTA 151 – Waterford Panto Society 1985 – Opening and Closing Number

A bit of Panto today. Way way back 35 years ago – (and Waterford Panto are celebrating 35 years of entertaining the people of Waterford this year) – this was the opening and closing number of ‘Ol King Cole’ staged in the Theatre Royal. Keep your eyes open for very young familiar faces – including a very young face introducing …

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