Cast members Eoin Quirke, Michael Doyle and Cian O’Donoghue with Geisha Girl, Sarah Foley, backstage before Saturday night’s performance of Hot Mikado
The joint school production of Hot Mikado opened in St Michael’s Theatre on Wednesday night of last week and ran for 4 nights playing to packed houses. A very colourful and highly entertaining production, the show received glowing reviews from all who attended. The product of lots of hard work and considerable committment from cast and crew, the show was another reminder of the breadth of talent among the young people in our schools. Enormous gratitude must go to the many teachers from both schools who over the past months have put in hours of work on a voluntary basis organising, promoting, assisting backstage and generally supporting and encouraging the boys and girls. Without this spirit of volunteerism and indeed that of others, including the many parents who dropped off and collected sons and daughters over the rehearsal period, such opportunities would not be possible for these students. Of course the professionalism of musical director, Kevin Kennedy, director, Bill Staffoord and choreograper, Anne Marie Cooney must not be overlooked and we thank them also for their contribution.
After the final show, cast and crew gathered in the Horse and Hound for a celebration with parents also in attendance. Although everyone might have been forgiven nodding off after all the effort of the previous weeks, reserves of energy were sourced to ensure a lively night of fun and dance.
Well done to everyone involved, to all those mentioned above, to the students who sold raffle tickets, to the theatre crew, to sponsors and in particular to all those who supported the show by coming along on the 4 nights. Many thanks.
Some of the school staff, teachers and parents helping out backstage