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The Mitchelstown Musical Society will be bringing the people of the town and surrounding areas on a magical trip down the yellow brick road, with their production of The Wizard of Oz next week.
Chairperson of the society, Maria Murphy told The Avondhu that there has been a heavy schedule of rehearsals since before Christmas, but that they are going very well and that great credit is due to the cast who have worked extremely hard to give people a lively and entertaining show.
Maria said that every year they welcome new faces into the society and it is great to see these new members, working alongside long standing members who have been in many shows down through the years and all members, both new and long standing are committed to putting on the best production they can and giving the show their all.
“After a very successful show last year, we are hoping to deliver again this year and with tickets already sold out for the opening night, we would advise people to get their tickets early to avoid disappointment.”
With familiar songs such as ‘Follow the yellow brick road’, ‘Over the rainbow’ and the ‘Ding dong the witch is dead’, the show promises to be great fun for all the family, people who are new to musicals and your seasonal enthusiasts.
Maria said that they are delighted to be working with director Catherine Mahon Buckley and choreographer Kelly-Ann Murphy, who are doing a great job preparing the cast and crew for what promises to be an energetic, magical and fun filled performance.
“We are also very lucky to have Sarah Chamberlain Dewhurst back as our musical director – she did an amazing job last year and people are really looking forward to her involvement again this year. We know that the music is in good hands with Sarah and Noreen.
“With her father Seanie as our President, her sister Emma in the show and her daughter Florence playing one of the children’s parts, there are three generations of the one family in this production, which is lovely,” Maria told The Avondhu.
Maria added that they also have a number of children from Mitchelstown and surrounding areas taking part in the musical and that she is sure that they will bring a touch of magic and childlike innocence to the performance. Toto is also making a special appearance, thanks to the O'Brien family.
The society would like to thank the local businesses who gave sponsorship towards the production of the brochure, for without them and their support, the show simply would not go on.
“We want to thank everyone in the wider community who helped out in any way, as there were a lot of people who helped out in big and small ways – from Pat Lambe bringing in soup and rolls after rehearsals to those helping behind the scenes with scenery and wardrobe.
“Last but not least, I would like to thank the committee who are constantly on the go this time of year, to make sure that every detail is thought of and that every box is ticked,” Maria said.
She added that the annual show is something that people look forward to every year and they had sell out shows last year and very much appreciate the support from the people of the town and surrounding areas – she hopes that people will enjoy this year’s production just as much.
The Wizard of Oz opens in the CBS Auditorium, Mitchelstown on Tuesday, February 12 at 8pm and it runs until Saturday February 16. Tickets are €15 and are available from Hyland’s Book Shop, The Favourite and Style Lounge in Fermoy.