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Anna Haugh, Sarah O'Grady, Lena McMahon (Silly Girls), Ben Naughton-Shires (Gaston) and Emma Lally (Belle) in rehearsals for Sixmilebridge Youth Club's upcoming production of Once Upon a Memory, which runs in the GAA Hall for three nights from Thursday 21st to Saturday 23rd April. Photograph by John Kelly

Bridge youths to dazzle audiences with new show

A FULL 26 months after last taking to the stage, the cast and crew of Sixmilebridge Youth Club are ready to entertain and dazzle audiences once again.

The club celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and they are marking the occasion by staging ‘Once Upon a Memory’, a nostalgic amalgamation featuring some of the most memorable songs, sketches and shows from the last four decades.

 The show runs over three nights, kicking off next Thursday, April 21 at 7pm in Sixmilebridge GAA Hall. The other performances take place on Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23, also both at 7pm in the GAA hall.

Having held pantomimes annually for almost two decades until its most recent performance in 2020, the youth club had also staged a variety of musical productions going back to the 1980s and 90s, winning titles at All-Ireland level in Tops of the Clubs on multiple occasions.

‘Once Upon a Memory’ aims to leave audiences wowed and entertained with a mixture of colourful costumes, stunning musical numbers and dance routines, and no shortage of comedy as the one-liners come thick and fast. The show is co-produced by Sharon Kennedy, Ciara Downes, Kate Flynn, Liam Togher and Grace Collins, with choreography from Kaci Toomey, Emmanuel Okubanjo and Lauren Kelly.

According to co-producer Sharon Kennedy the cast and crew are excited to be going back on stage after a two-year gap.

“There’s a massive buzz among the cast members and the production team that, after two long years, we will finally be back on stage for what promises to be a particularly special show. You can see it in rehearsals just how thrilled we all are to be back doing what we love.”

“Everyone involved has put in a huge amount of work over the last several months to pull this all together, overcoming a few challenges along the way to get to this point. We hope that the people of Sixmilebridge, Kilmurry and beyond will show their support and come along for what promises to be fantastic entertainment.”

Tickets are available from local shops and youth club members, with people advised to purchase their tickets in advance in order to avoid disappointment.

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