Stage Fright MTC

Stage Fright was the Theatre Company that rejuvenated the Waterford Theatre scene in the early 90’s. Founded by Bryan Flynn the group exploded onto the scene with Grease in 1991 and continued through an eclectic selection of productions culminating in the self penned masterpiece ‘Pentimenti’ in 1998.

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 – 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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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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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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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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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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – Pentimenti Extract – Stage Fright

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

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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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Video – You’ve Got To Pick A Pocket Or Two – Oliver! 1995

Even more from Stage Fright and the 1995 epic production of “Oliver!”. This time it’s Fagin’s gang giving us ‘You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket Or Two’ led by Keith Dunphy.

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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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Video – I’d Do Anything from Oliver! 1995

Here is ‘I’d Do Anything’ from Stage Fright’s iconic production of Oliver! back in 1995.

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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 – 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 – 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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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 – Wilkommen from Gala 121

Here is the opening from Gala 121 led by Paul Carroll – Wilkommen.

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Video – Pentimenti – Opening Act II

Here is the brilliant opening to Act 2 of Bryan Flynns epic Pentimenti.

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Video – Five Guys Named Moe from Gala 121

Here is the extract from Five Guys named Moe from Gala 121 by Stage Fright.

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Video – Behind the scenes at Pentimenti

Here’s a great short video taken behind the scenes and in the foyer on what as far as I can ascertain is the world premier performance. Nice and short – have a look, loads of familiar faces in there!

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Video – As If We Never Said Goodbye – Greta Rochford – Gala 121

The wonderful Greta Rochford giving us a Lloyd Webber classic – ‘As If We Never Said Goodbye’ from Gala 121.

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Video – A Little Bit Of Happiness – Chicago 1992

Paul Greene brings us his ‘Little Bit Of Happiness’ as part of the cast of Chicago 1992. No better man!

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Video – Grease Megamix – 1993

From Stage Frights second production of ‘Grease’ here is the Megamix.

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Video – The Soviet Machine from Stage Fright ‘Chess’ 1996

Here is a great scene from Bryan Flynn’s 1996 production of Chess – the Soviet Machine.

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Video – Grease Selection from Gala 121 – 1997

Here we have Ray Collins and Vicki Graham leading the troops in Stage Frights ‘Gala 121’ – a celebration of 121 years of the Theatre Royal.

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Video – 1992 – Cell Block Tango – Stage Fright Chicago

From 1992 it’s the merry murderesses. Have a look and hear how ‘he had it coming’…

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Video – Chicago Rehearsals, 1992 – Stage Fright

A flashback to a Chicago rehearsal in 1992. Stage Fright are videoed – approaching their performance date as the band call is part of the video too. Enjoy the nostalgia!

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Video – Embassy Lament – Chess 1996

Here is the Embassy Lament from Chess by Stage Fright MTC, staged in 1996. It was directed by Bryan Flynn.

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Video – Post Show Interviews – Pentimenti – Stage Fright

Here is a great little video. The Premiere of ‘Pentimenti’ was attended by the Israeli Ambassador and his reactions were caught on camera along with the then Mayor – Brian Swift. Carrie Crowley, Mary Roche and Gerry O’Carroll also make an appearance!

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Video – Gala 121 – Opening

Here is the opening from Gala 121 featuring music from ‘A Chorus Line’. Fronted by Michelle Kennedy.

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Video – Pentimenti – Opening Act 2

Here is the moving opening to Stage Fright’s production of Bryan Flynns Pentimenti.

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Videos – Grease Is The Word – Grease 1993 – Stage Fright

The opening number to Stage Frights 1993 production of ‘Grease’ staged in the Theatre Royal, directed by Bryan Flynn.

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GALA 121 – Stage Fright – Show Programme

Back in 1997 Stage Fright produced a concert to celebrate 121 years of the Theatre Royals existence and called it ‘Gala 121’. Here is the show programme to take a look… Click below. 1997 – Gala 121 – Show Programme

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Video – One Night In Bangkok – Chess – Stage Fright, 1996

Here is the epic opening to Act II of Chess – ‘One Night In Bangkok’ as produced by Stage Fright in 1996. Paul Kavanagh takes the lead as Freddie Trumper.

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Pentimenti – Show Programme – 1998

To add to the video of the finale act 1 of Pentimenti today, here is the show programme from Stage Fright’s production in 1998. Click below to have a browse. 1998 – Show Programme – Pentimenti

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Video – Final Act 1 from Pentimenti – 1998

This is the emotional finale act 1 from Bryan Flynn’s epic Pentimenti staged in the Theatre Royal in 1998.

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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 – Merano from Chess – Stage Fright – 1996

This is from Stage Fright’s 1996 production of ‘Chess’ featuring Paul Kavanagh as Freddie Trumper.

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Videos – Grease – Greased Lightning

Another request from last Sundays live streamed event… this time it’s Greased Lightning from Stage Frights debut production of ‘Grease’ way back almost 30 years ago now – 1991. Keith Dunphy leads the charge with support from Brian Collins , Dan Walsh, Damien Walsh and Fionnan ‘Fatz’ Dunphy in support.

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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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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 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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1995 WIFLO Season Brochure

Today I’m adding in the 1995 WIFLO Season Brochure to the archive. In 1995 the Waterford entry was ‘Oliver’ by Stage Fright under the direction of Bryan Flynn. It was to finish as runner up in the festival as well as scooping a number of individual awards. Added to the WIFLO archive here. 1995 – WIFLO – Season Brochure

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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 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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WTA 107 – GALA 121 – The ‘Andrew Lloyd Webber Tribute’ – 1997

In 1997 Stage Fright produced ‘Gala 121’ – celebrating 121 years of the Theatre Royal as a theatre. One of the scenes in it was the ‘Tribute to Lloyd Webber’ featuring a host of musical theatre stars and starlets of the time. A lot of young faces in this one – worth a look!

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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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“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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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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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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Video – Behind the Scenes at Grease 1991

For me this was – and always will be – the first real ‘game-changer’ in Waterford Theatre. Before Grease there were two societies performing tried and trusted standards. After Grease the floodgates opened and young people – and in fact anybody – who wanted to try and put on a show could do so with a bit of self belief. …

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Videos – Backstage At Chess 1996

This has everything from setting up at the Dress Rehearsal to some side stage shots, to the final chorus of ‘Anthem’ in front of a live audience. Its about half an hour long, but there are some great moments in there which will no doubt bring memories flooding back to some people who were in or experienced Bryan Flynn’s take …

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Stage Fright material added

Stage Fright was the society that re-invigorated the theatre scene in Waterford in the early 90’s and brought to the fore the talents of a young Bryan Flynn.  Today I’m adding the programme from Chicago – one of Stage Fright’s groundbreaking productions. Enjoy! 1992 – Chicago – Show Programme 1993 – The Stage Fright Kids Christmas Show – Show Programme.

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