30 Nov 2021

Great photos from the opening night of a Laois school's musical

It was an opening night to remember as the very talented Transition Year students of Clonaslee College performed a show in the Parochial Hall in Clonaslee . The show on Wednesday May 15 is the first of three nightly performances. The students performed “A Midsummer Camp’s Dream”, a play written by Terence Patrick Hughes.

As well as acting, students sang, danced and played a number of musical instruments with a number of students working behind the scenes. The show was produced by Mr Tom McLoughlin of the Clodiagh Players Drama Group and English teacher, Ms Cora Scully.

The play is a modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic. The scene is set deep in the Slieve Bloom Mountains, where Camps Barrow and Brittas are set into chaos as the owner played by Luke Dunne, has decided to close one of the camps.

His son Dickie played by Christy Conroy and fellow camper, John Joe, played by Sean Lee lead the boys in a “winner takes all talent show” against the girls led by Eugenie, played by Larissa Wisely and Helen, played by Shannon Daly.

All the while King Oreo (Ciaran Cuddy) is vexed by his queen (Oisin Kelly) and sets his trusty aid Puck (Aisling Dunne) to scatter magic, confusion, and a good dose of laughs across the forests.

Students performed “Lost Boy” and other songs and were accompanied by Alex Dunne on piano, Eimer Feighery on harp, Conor Kelly on guitar, Aibhilin McEvoy on violin, Amy Cosgrove on violin, Katie Egan on ukulele and Larissa Wisely on

Larissa Wisely gave an outstanding performance of the hit “Somewhere only we know” while Oisin Kelly did a brilliant lipsync to “Footloose”. Students gave an exhibition of dancing to songs such as “500 Miles”, “Mama Mia”, “Cotton Eyed Joe”, “Jailhouse Rock” and many more.

Masters of Ceremony for the evening were Rory Dunne and Christine Wren. At the end of the show, Ms Cora Scully thanked the students for putting such effort into the show and for making it a huge success. She thanked teachers and the Clodiagh Players for giving great assistance. Ms Suzanne MacMahon congratulated the students, directors and all those involved in the production.

Those lucky enough to nab tickets for the sold out shows will enjoy a performance this Thursday and Friday nights at 8pm.

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