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Video – Look At Me I’m Sandra Dee – Grease 1991

Here is a classic from the 1991 production of Grease – ‘Look At Me I’m Sandra Dee’.

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Video – Easy Street – Annie 2004, Flaggy Lane Juniors

Here’s Caroline Stone, Shane Jordan and Deborah Cunningham with a showstopper from the 2004 production of Annie by Flaggy Lane Juniors.

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Video – 1983 – The Bar Comedy – Waterford Glass Tops

Featuring a legendary line up here is a hilarious vintage comedy scene from the Waterford Glass 1983 Tops production.

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1981 – Handwritten Adjudicators Tops Report

Here is another one of those Handwritten Adjudicators Reports – always very popular. This one from the local rounds in 1981 for Waterford Glass. Click below to have a browse. 1981 – Handwritten Adjudicators Report for Waterford Glass Tops

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Video – Heading For The Future – 1990 Waterford Crystal Tops

Here is the opening to the Waterford Crystal Tops of 1990 – Heading for the Future. Produced by Denny Corcoran.

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1990 – Edmund Rice Choral And Musical Society – Guys And Dolls – Programme

Here is the programme from the ERCMS 1990 production of ‘Guys and Dolls’ – directed by Greg Scanlon. 1990 – Guys And Dolls – Show Programme

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Vintage WDS Photos

I was delighted to get these photos during the week from the private collection of Denis McGrath scanned for us by Aidan McGrath. In these you’ll see some photos of the outside and inside of the old Theatre Club that used to be on Henrietta St.; colloquially known at the time as “number 10”. The group outside were heading off to London …

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Video – Sandy – Grease – 1991

Here is the legendary Brian ‘The Juck’ Collins in the role that made him famous – Danny Zuko in Grease with Stage Fright way back in 1991.

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Video – Little Girls – Annie – Flaggy Lane Juniors

Back 17 years to 2004 today and Deborah Cunningham as Miss Hannigan in Flaggy Lanes production of Annie.

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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 – It’s A Fine, Fine Line from Avenue Q – Ignite Productions

Here is Vicki Graham with one of the rare poignant songs in Avenue Q from Ignites production.

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Video – The Electric Chair Comedy – Nokia Tops 1987

Here is a bit of classic comedy from Nokia Tops 1987 with some legends on display!

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Video – 1987 Finale From Waterford Crystal Tops

Here is the finale of the 1987 Tops from Waterford Crystal. This went the whole way to the televised Gaiety final and so this is from the Gaiety Stage, live on RTE.

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Video – Braid The Raven Hair – The Hot Mikado – 2004

Here is the wonderful Raymond Collins leading the troops with the opening to Act 2 of The Hot Mikado. This Flaggy Lane production took to the stage in 2004 in the Theatre Royal.

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1988 – Waterford International Festival Of Light Opera Season Brochure

Here is the 1988 season brochure for the Waterford International Festival of Light Opera. Operettas were still dominating but a noticeable shift to the more modern show was noticeable this year. Click below to have a browse. 1988 – WIFLO Season Brochure

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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 – 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 – 1992 – We Both Reached For The Gun – Chicago – Stage Fright

Here is a great scene from Stage Frights 1992 production of ‘Chicago’ – ‘We Both Reached For The Gun’.

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1989 – A Few Pictures from ‘The Wind In The Branches Of The Sassafras’ – WDS

Here are a handful of photos from the 1989 WDS production of ‘The Wind In The Branches..’ featuring Denny Corcoran amongst others. The link for the gallery is – Gallery – The Wind In The Branches Of The Sassafras If you’re interested you can also read the show programme for the same show – 1989 – The Wind In The …

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1997 – South Pacific – Tramore Musical Society – Show Programme

Back to 1997 and Tramore Musical Society. Here is the Show Programme from South Pacific produced by Joe Mernagh. 1997 – South Pacific – Tramore Musical Society – Show Programme.

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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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1996 – ‘Endgame’ from ‘Chess’ – Stage Fright MTC

Here is one that is sure to bring back memories. The epic ‘Endgame’ from Chess – produced by Stage Fright MTC and directed by the late great Bryan Flynn.

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2007 – The House of Bernarda Alba – WDS – Show Programme.

A programme from Waterford Dramatic Society today – from their 2007 production of ‘The House of Bernarda Alba’ staged in Garter Lane. Click below to peruse. 2007 – The House of Bernarda Alba – Show Programme

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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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2019 – Cats – Show Programme

Here is the programme from the award winning production of Cats from the South Eastern Theatre Group which was one of the last full scale musicals to be staged pre-covid. Click below to have a browse. 2019 – Cats – SE Theatre Group – Show Programme

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2004 – Red Back / GTI – Bowler Hat Productions

In 2004 Bowler Hat produced 2 one act plays by two Dalys. Red Back – by the late Jim Daly and GTI by Pat Daly. Click below to see the show programme from that production. 2004 – Red Back / GTI – Show Programme

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1973 – Tops Local Final Programme – Waterford Glass vs Teachers

Here is a vintage Tops of the Town programme from the local final of 1973 where Waterford Crystal with “Cheaper by the Dozen and a Half’ took on the Teachers with ‘Here Today – Gone Tonight’. Click below for a browse. 1973 – Tops Local Final Programme – Waterford Glass Vs Teachers

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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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1979 – Tops of The Town National Quarter Final Programme – Waterford Glass vs Ford (Cork)

Back to the day when Waterford Glass took on Henry Ford Ltd from Cork in the national quarter finals of the Tops. Click below to browse the Show Programme. 1979 – National Quarter Finals – Waterford Glass Vs Ford – Show Programme

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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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Show Programme – 44 Sycamore – Red Kettle 1992

Here is the show programme from the Red Kettle production of the Bernard Farrell play ’44 Sycamore’. Click below for a browse. 1992 – 44 Sycamore – Show Programme

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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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1979 Tops Local Final Programme – Waterford Glass vs Banks & Finance.

Here is another blast back forty odd years to the 1979 local final of Tops with Waterford Glass taking on Banks & Finance. Click below for a browse. 1979 – Tops Local Final Programme – Waterford Glass vs Banks & Finance

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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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The Waterford International Festival of Light Opera (WIFLO)

The Waterford International Festival of Light Opera or WIFLO as it was more affectionately known was one of the main reasons (the other being The Tops) that Waterford enjoyed a status of being the ‘Mecca’ of Musical Theatre for a considerable part of the last 40 years. From it’s early days when it attracted entries from all over the UK …

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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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1999 – AIMS Banquet Killarney – Menu and Nominations

Here is what you would have typically been eating at the AIMS Banquet – right about now (or now-ish) on an AIMS Weekend. Also on the menu are the nominations. 1999 – Aims Banquet Menu and Awards

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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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1985 – The New Moon – Edmund Rice Choral and Musical Society – Show Programme

Here is the show programme from the Edmund Rice Choral and Musical Society’s 1985 production of ‘The New Moon’. Click below for a browse. 1985 – The New Moon – Show Programme

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2018 – The Addams Family – De La Salle College show programme.

From the 2018 production of ‘The Addams Family’ here is the show programme from De La Salle Colleges production. Click below to have a read. 2018 – The Addams Family – Show Programme

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Video – Katisha’s Entrance from the Hot Mikado – 2004

Here is the irrepressible Vicki Graham as Katisha making her grand entrance in Flaggy Lanes 2004 production of The Hot Mikado.

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1992 Tops – Tramore vs Port And Docks – Show Programme

Here is the show programme from the 1992 Tops – Tramore vs the Port And Docks 1992 – Tramore vs Port And Docks – Show Programme

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2018 – Bilberry Goats – I Do, I Do, So I Do – Show Programme

Here is the show programme fro the Bilberry Goats hilarious 2018 play – ‘I Do, I Do, So I Do’ staged in Garter Lane. 2018 – I Do, I Do, So I Do – Show Programme

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1981 – Tops Adjudication Sheets – Waterford Crystal.

These documents are always popular – handwritten adjudication from the 1981 tops – Waterford Crystal. Click below for a read. 1981 – Tops Adjudication – Waterford Crystal

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2019 – South Pacific – Waterford Musical Society – Show Programme

WMS’s programmes are always worth a read – big colourful booklets full of info. Have a browse at their most recent one from 2019 – South Pacific. Click below for a read. 2019 – South Pacific – Show Programme.

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1991 – My Fair Lady in the Bangor Festival of Light Opera

Roughly this week 30 years ago the Edmund Rice Choral and Musical Society were in the Northern Ireland Festival of Light Opera. Here is the season brochure. 1991 – Northern Ireland Festival Of Light Opera – My Fair Lady

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1990 Tops Local Rounds Programme – Nokia vs Waterford Crystal

Here is the Tops Of The Town Local Rounds programme from 1990. Click below to have a read 1990 – Tops Of The Town Local Rounds Show Programme

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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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1990 – The Constant Couple – Red Kettle – Show Programme

Here is the show programme from Red Kettles 1990 production of ‘The Constant Couple’. Click below for a browse. 1990 – The Constant Couple – Red Kettle – Show Programme

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1996 – The Four Euclids of Squid – Little Red Kettle

Here is a programme from one of Red Kettle’s brilliant summer plays – this time jumping right back to 1996 and the wonderfully named ‘Four Euclids Of Squid’. Have a browse below. 1996 – The Four Euclids Of Squid – Red Kettle

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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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1996 – Petty Sessions – Red Kettle Theatre Company

Here is a quick blast back 25 years to 1996 and Red Kettles production of ‘Petty Sessions’ in Garter Lane. Have a browse below. 1996 – Petty Sessions – Red Kettle Theatre Company – Show Programme

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Olde Tyme Music Hall – 1973 – Show Programme

Produced by Des Manahan and Ron Burke here is a show programme from one of long forgotten old traditions of Waterford Theatre – the ‘Olde Tyme Music Hall’. Have a browse! 1977 – Olde Tyme Music Hall – Show Programme

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1994 Tops Of The Town – National Final Programme

Here is the 1994 National Final Programme from the last time that Waterford won the national Tops title. It was of course Waterford Crystal vs Woodville. Click below for a read! 1994 – Tops Of The Town – National Final Programme

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WIFLO Season Brochure – 1986

Here is another one of those vintage WIFLO season Brochures – this time it’s from 1986. Have a browse below. 1986 – WIFLO – Season Brochure.

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1994 Tops Banquet Menu

Ever wonder what the casts and crew were treated to after a national Tops of the Town final by John Player? Here you are – from 1994, the menu from the Burlington for the banquet immediately after the show. Click below for a look ! 1994 – John Player Tops Final banquet menu

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1995 – The Wizard Of Oz – Stage Fright Kids

Christmas of 1995 and Stage Fright Kids were presenting ‘The Wizard Of Oz’ under the tutelage of Bryan Flynn and Michelle Condon. Have a browse below at the show programme. 1995 – The Wizard Of Oz – Stage Fright Kids – Show Programme

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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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1989 – Waterford International Festival Of Light Opera – Season Brochure

1989 – the year that De La Salle College represented Waterford in the Festival with ‘How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying’. Have a browse below. 1989 – WIFLO – Season Brochure

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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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Backsides To The Wind – Show Programme – Red Kettle

Back to 1995 and Red Kettle produced ‘Backsides To The Wind’ by Michael Harding. It was also directed by Michael Harding. Click below for a look at the brochure! 1995 – Red Kettle – Backsides To The Wind – Show Programme

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Chicago Publicity – Stage Fright 1992

Here is a rarity – the original publicity material used by Stage Fright to launch their production of Chicago way back in 1992. At the time they even had their own office in Broad Street in the centre of the city! Click below for a look. 1992 – Chicago Publicity – Stage Fright

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Mount Prospect – Garter Lane 2018 – Show Programme

Here is the programme from Garter Lanes 2018 production of Una Troy’s play ‘Mount Prospect’, directed by Jim Nolan. Click below to have a read! 2018 – Mount Prospect – Show Programme

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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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One Million Views Today!

Yep – One million people have viewed videos, listened to audio, browsed show programmes and looked at photos over the last 4 years. I always knew that a certain interest level would be there for the archive site and eventually it might clock up to a couple of hundred thousand – but here we are on a million views after …

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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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Showtime! May 2nd 2021

For anybody who missed their Bank Holiday dose of show tunes – here’s Showtime from May 2nd. First broadcast on WLR.

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Showtime! April 25th Edition

For anybody who wants to catch up with their weekly Show Tunes fix – here is Showtime from April 25th. First broadcast on WLR.

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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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Video – Alone And Yet Alive – The Hot Mikado – Flaggy Lane 2004

Here is a great song from the Hot Mikado, 2004. Vicki Graham as Katisha sings ‘Alone and Yet Alive’.

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John Player Tops Quarter Finals 1990 – Show Programme

Here is the show programme from the 1990 Tops Quarter Finals that took place in the Theatre Royal in Waterford featuring ‘A Scoop for NTV’ from Nokia. 1990 – National Quarter Finals – Nokia

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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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Showtime! April 18th 2021

Here is last Sundays Showtime first broadcast on WLR for anybody looking for their weekly fix of showtunes!

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On The Fringe with Geoff

I was delighted today to be invited onto ‘On The Fringe’ on WLR to have a chat with Geoff about the streams coming up to their first anniversary and other things…. Have a listen below if you are so inclined!

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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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One Flew Over The Cuckoo Nest – Gary Power Productions – Show Programme

The show programme from Gary Power Productions version of ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest’ – some local legends on display – have a browse. Click below. Gary Power Productions – One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest – Show Programme

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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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