Portlaoise students get into rhythm

Students from Scoil Chriost Ri and St Mary's CBS busy rehearsing for their upcoming performance in the Dunamaise Arts Centre next week.
PORTLAOISE secondary school students will be flexing their singing and musical muscles when they perform in the Dunamaise Arts Centre next week.

PORTLAOISE secondary school students will be flexing their singing and musical muscles when they perform in the Dunamaise Arts Centre next week.

Rhythm of the night is a vibrant, energetic medley of musical theatre with excerpts from all the well known West End and Broadway musicals. The TY students from Scoil Chríost Rí and St. Mary’s CBS have merged to create this fun-filled, action packed evening of pure entertainment. A must see show for all the family.

The students will be in the theatre on Monday April 15 for their hard day of dress rehearsals. The show will kick off with a matinee for the junior students in Scoil Chríost Rí and St Marys CBS on Tuesday April 16 at 10.30am. The duration of the show is two hours with a 15 minute interval. There will be a raffle at the evening performances.

The school expressed its gratitude to the many businesses in the town that are currently donating items to them. Scoil Chríost Rí TY co-ordinator Anne Dollard said that the school are still collecting for the event. “If we have not got to your business, don’t panic we are on our way”, she enthused. The money raised will help pay the many bills, including sound, lights and the theatre itself.

The TY students have just returned for their European trips to Paris and Berlin respectively but this did not dampen their energy levels as The Scoil Chríost Ri and St Marys CBS TY students have been very busy for the last two weeks working tirelessly with their director, Ms Karen Hackett.

Organisers of the performances extended a huge thanks to the TY students for their hard work and dedication over the holiday period, to the staff from both schools who were available to supervise the students, to Karen Hackett, musical director who has worked with fantastic patience with the students, Sodexo for the facilities,to the Principal of St Paul’s Primary school Mr Des Sutton for the use of his premises and to the principals of both schools Ms Helen O’Donnell and Mr Tony Brady for their continued support . Lastly to the Dunamaise staff for their continued professional help and enthusiasm.

Tickets are still available for the Tuesday matinee and for each of the nights performances. Organisers are hoping for a large turnout to support the students with their performances. Tickets are priced at €12 and €10 for students and the unwaged and €4 for groups. The shows take place on Tuesday April 16, Wednesday April 17 and Thursday April 18 with a matinee at 10.30am each day and an evening show at 7.30pm each evening.

For more information or to book tickets, visit www.dunamaise.ie or contact the centre at 057 86 63355.