So­ci­eties cel­e­brate AIMS award nods

Bray People - - NEWS - BY DEB­O­RAH COLE­MAN

MU­SI­CAL so­ci­eties across County Wick­low are jump­ing for joy this week as they se­cured nom­i­na­tions in the pres­ti­gious AIMS awards for 2016.

The short­list was an­nounced this week and the win­ners are to be re­vealed at a gala ball in the INEC Kil­lar­ney on Satur­day, June 18. Ark­low’s Avon­more Mu­si­cal So­ci­ety was thrilled to re­ceive three nom­i­na­tions for their re­cent pro­duc­tion of ‘Evita’.

The show went down a storm in their home town and the AIMS ad­ju­di­ca­tors seem to agree as they nom­i­nated Leah Pen­ston for Best Ac­tress for her por­trayal of Eva Peron and Chris Cur­rid who played Che got the Best Male Singer nod. This is Chris’s fifth AIMS nom­i­na­tion. He was pre­vi­ously nom­i­nated for play­ing the Beast in Avon­more’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’. The hat trick of nom­i­na­tions came when Stephen Ac­ton was an­nounced on the Best Di­rec­tor short­list.

Not too far away in Carnew, there were fur­ther cel­e­bra­tions as Carnew Mu­si­cal So­ci­ety also re­ceived a nom­i­na­tion for El­lie Wil­loughby as Best Fe­male Singer for her role as Sally Smith in their pro­duc­tion of ‘Me & My Girl’.

The Carnew group was dou­bly thrilled to learn that Bill Stafford re­ceived a nom­i­na­tion for Best Ac­tor.

In the north of the county Bray Mu­si­cal So­ci­ety re­ceived nom­i­na­tion for Best En­sem­ble for ‘One of the Boys’ from their pro­duc­tion of ‘9 to 5’.

Bray Mu­si­cal So­ci­ety also nom­i­nated Paula Gre­gan for the Mary Kelly Award.

This sea­son saw 90 shows ad­ju­di­cated by Peter Kennedy (Gil­bert) and Greg Cur­rid (Sul­li­van), right across the breadth of Ire­land.

As the AIMS nom­i­na­tions were an­nounced, there was also good news for those who took part in this year’s AIMS Cho­ral Fes­ti­val in New Ross.

Once again, Wick­low wasn’t short of tal­ent as a num­ber of awards were taken home to the Gar­den County. The Ark­low-based Pen­ston Vo­cal Academy took first place in the Se­nior Cho­rus sec­tion and also was highly com­mended in Ju­nior Cho­rus.

Wick­low Male Voice Choir took the over­all male choir award while Carnew Mu­si­cal So­ci­ety took first place in the Mu­si­cal Cameo con­fined to AIMS. Bray Mu­si­cal So­ci­ety took first place in the Light Touch cat­e­gory and sec­ond place in the Dis­ney Music sec­tion. The fu­ture of Wick­low business will be proudly on dis­play next Tues­day as the county’s ju­nior en­trepreneurs put their work on dis­play.

Af­ter months and months of work­ing on their var­i­ous projects, six na­tional schools from around the county will be shar­ing their projects with the wider world from 10 a.m. un­til noon at the Wick­low County Show­case day in Round­wood Parish Hall.

On Tues­day, pupils from Kil­coole Pri­mary School will be show­cas­ing their project ‘Bandz for Handz’; Gaelscoil na Lochanna in Bless­ing­ton will be dis­play­ing ‘Siopa na Lochanna – The Real Thing’; Glebe NS from Wick­low town will be show­ing off their ‘Sweet Treats’; St Saviours NS in Rath­drum will be in­tro­duc­ing peo­ple to their ‘Hand­made Plaited Can­dles’; and Grey­stones will be rep­re­sented on the dou­ble, with St Lau­rence’s hop­ing to tempt the taste­buds with their ‘Smoothie Recipe Book’ and the town’s Ed­u­ca­tion To­gether hop­ing to catch peo­ple’s eye with ‘ The Ran­dom Rain­bow’.

The show­case is open to ev­ery­one and the pub­lic is wel­come to come along and see the chil­dren’s won­der­ful projects from 10 a.m. to noon in Round­wood Parish Hall next Tues­day, May 31.

The Ju­nior En­tre­pre­neur Pro­gramme is a ten to 16 week not-for-profit pro­gramme which opens the minds of pri­mary school pupil to the joy of en­trepreneur­ship at a time when they are full of imag­i­na­tion and open to new pos­si­bil­i­ties.

The pro­gramme is sup­ported in County Wick­low by Manor Kil­bride res­i­dent Bill Walsh of As­pire Tech­nol­ogy.

Avon­more Mu­si­cal So­ci­ety cel­e­brates the AIMS nom­i­na­tions news.

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