Farming, religion and Broadway hits

THE Macra na Feirme Amateur Drama finals will be taking place on Saturday April 21 and Sunday April 22 in the Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise. The weekend will see six clubs from all over the country compete for the coveted national title.

THE Macra na Feirme Amateur Drama finals will be taking place on Saturday April 21 and Sunday April 22 in the Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise. The weekend will see six clubs from all over the country compete for the coveted national title.

Three one act dramas will be performed each night, showcasing the organisation’s participation in the performing arts and providing great entertainment for all who attend. Tickets for these shows are available now from the centre.

On Friday April 20 the cinema club in the centre will be presenting We Have A Pope. After a pope dies the conclave meets in order that the cardinals may choose his successor.

Several rounds of voting must take place before white smoke over the Sistine Chapel finally announces that the new pope has been elected, and before the traditional announcement from the balcony in front of St. Peter’s Basilica: “Habemus papam.” But this time around the faithful assembled in the square below, a crowd hundreds of thousands strong, wait in vain for the balcony doors to open and the new head of the Catholic Church to appear.

From Tuesday April 24 to Thursday April 26 the theatre will be hosting ‘To Broadway and Back’, a schools production from St Mary’s CBS and Scoil Chriost Ri. After the success of last year’s show, the Transition Year students from the two schools are back to the bright lights and big stage.

To Broadway and Back promises to be bigger and better than ever. From Fame and Cabaret to West Side Story and South Pacific, this year’s show offers more dancing, singing, acting and comedy than the audience has ever seen before. Not only will the students be preforming songs from some of Broadways most popular musicals they will also be preforming some of the latest hits from music’s most popular, from the swing of Olly Murs to the soul of Florence and the machine.

Be prepared to be amazed, whether you’re dancing in your seats, bent doubled laughing or simply tapping your foot this year’s musical offers a spectacular night out for the whole family to enjoy. For more information on any of these shows, visit www.dunamaise.ie or contact 057 86 63355.