Cast for Michael Collins cho­sen af­ter au­di­tions

Wexford People - - NEWS - By ES­THER HAY­DEN

OVER 70 peo­ple took to the stage over two days of au­di­tions to se­cure a role in Michael Collins - The Mu­si­cal which will be staged by the Oys­ter Lane Theatre Group this Oc­to­ber.

The AIMS award win­ning pro­duc­tion team of Imelda McDon­agh (Di­rec­tor), Suzanne O’Leary (Chore­og­ra­pher) and Pa­trick Clancy (Mu­si­cal Di­rec­tor) had the very dif­fi­cult task of de­cid­ing who would play the cov­eted parts in Brian Flynn’s highly ac­claimed piece of mu­si­cal theatre. The ‘big fella’ him­self, Michael Collins, will be played by Chris Cur­rid. Chris who has six AIMS nom­i­na­tions for both act­ing and sing­ing, has per­formed in shows all over Ire­land.

His fa­ther well known mu­si­cal di­rec­tor of the Wex­ford Ladies Choir, Greg Cur­rid, will play the role of the British Viceroy.

This will be the first time this ta­lented fa­ther/son com­bi­na­tion will per­form to­gether in a mu­si­cal.

The char­ac­ter of Harry Boland will be played by James McDer­mott. James has been in­volved in many Oys­ter Lane pro­duc­tions over the years.

Oys­ter Lane are de­lighted to wel­come two new mem­bers to the so­ci­ety this year, Seán Hend­ley and Denise Bren­nan, play­ing the parts of Ea­mon De Valera and Kitty Kier­nan re­spec­tively.

Seán was re­cently nom­i­nated for an AIMS award while Denise is an ac­com­plished singer who has per­formed in a va­ri­ety of mu­si­cals.

Joe Em­met will be played by James Dobbs who was re­cently nom­i­nated for two AIMS awards-one for best comedian, the other, jointly with Éil­ish Coady, who co­in­ci­dently will be play­ing one of Kitty’s sis­ters.

Kitty’s other sis­ters will be played by April Kelly and Dara Cullen.

Five peo­ple nar­rate the show and th­ese will be played by Yvette Walsh, Neal O’Leary, Ni­amh Bol­ger, Gearóid McCauley and Louise Dil­lon, all of whom have per­formed in many Oys­ter Lane shows. With a supporting male and fe­male en­sem­ble of over 30 peo­ple, this show will sure to de­light.

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