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Members of East Clare Musical Society, Shay O Neill as The Pirate King taking to the air over chorus member Marie Bugler, during rehearsals for a previous society production. Photograph by John Kelly.

Night at the Musicals returns to East Clare


EAST Clare Musical Society make a welcome return to the stage, later this month, after the Covid shutdown. 

“This Easter we have eggsactly the treat that audiences, starved of musical theatre for two years, require,” said Eoin O’Hagan.

“We are delighted to announce we will stage a reprise of the cabaret special, A Night at the Musicals, in Scariff Community College on Friday, Saturday and Sunday April 15-17, with curtain up nightly at 8pm.”

This hugely popular show, which sold out in February 2020, just prior to lockdown, will entertain the fans of musical theatre with solo appearances from many of the leads of previous musical performances of the East Clare Musical Society.

Led by Musical Director John OBrien with the accompaniment of Anne Cullen and Steve Lawrence, songbird Vashti Curran will come back to the stage after a very successful year-long residency performing cabaret in Germany. 

Also taking to the stage are other highly talented singers, most of who graced the boards in the 2020 show. These include Paul Conroy, Edel OGrady, Cathal Moloney, Ruth OHagan, Jim and Maeve OBrien, Sarah King, Brendán Baguio, Ger and Caoimhe Treacy, Sandra and Chloe OHalloran, Sinéad and Louise OCallaghan, Sarah Kate McConnell, Michelle Fitzsimons, Miriam Smith, Eoin Heffernan, Mags McGrath, Orlaith Nihill and, Conor McGrath and Rob Kerby of The After Eights aka the Killaloe Male Voice Choir.

“These performers will be joined by a chorus line made up of local singers and dancers, choreographed by Sarah Allen with the assistance of Claire OSullivan. 

The chorus lines numbers will be swelled by many of Scariff Community Colleges Transition Year students.

Those who attended A Night at the Musicals in 2020 will attest to the quality of the entertainment on stage, and the gracious hospitality, off stage, by the East Clare Musical Societys hosts.

Tickets for this highly anticipated event are priced at €30, will be sold only through Eventbrite.

“Come join The East Clare Musical Society as we take to the stage, once again, to entertain you with your favourite songs from the musicals, sung by these highly talented people from all over the hills of East County Clare,” Mr O’Hagan said. 

About Fiona McGarry

Fiona McGarry joined The Clare Champion as a reporter after a four-year stint as producer of Morning Focus on Clare FM. Prior to that she worked for various radio, print and online titles, including Newstalk, Maximum Media and The Tuam Herald. Fiona’s media career began in her native Mayo when she joined Midwest Radio. She is the maker of a number of radio documentaries, funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI). She has also availed of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund to report on development issues supported by Irish Aid in Haiti. She won a Justice Media Award for a short radio series on the work of Bedford Row Project, which supports prisoners and families in the Mid-West. Fiona also teaches on the Journalism programmes at NUI Galway. If you have a story and would like to get in touch with Fiona you can email her at fmcgarry@clarechampion.ie or telephone 065 6864146.

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