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Cian Coughlan, the carpenter, and Denis Creedon, the boatswain, in rehearsals for the Ennistymon Choral Society's production of HMS Pinafore. Photograph by John Kelly.

On the high seas in Ennistymon

Ennistymon Choral Society will bring the Australian version of HMS Pinafore to the stage in Lahinch this week.
The rejuvenation of the Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera will run from Wednesday to Sunday, in Seaworld Hall, beginning at 8.15pm each night.

“Everyone in the society has been working very hard since October in order to create the best show possible for our local and visiting audience. Music rehearsals began in October under the guidance of music director Mary Madigan O’Callaghan, with dancing and production rehearsals beginning under director Peter Kennedy in January,” explained Emma Jane Brown, secretary of Ennistymon Choral Society.

The Ennistymon Choral Society’s productions attract full houses each year and those involved expect this year will be no different. The group performed Oklahoma last year and this time chose HMS Pinafore, a humorous story of love, mistaken identity and subterfuge.

“This is the society’s 42nd annual production, which is an amazing feat. This would not have been possible without the talent that exists in North Clare and the support of our local community,” Ms Brown added, acknowledging all who “helped in any way over the last 42 years”.

She also paid tribute to Mary Madigan O’Callaghan, who is retiring from her role as musical director after this year’s show. “Mary has been with the society for many years and has been an absolute pleasure to work with,” Ms Brown stated.

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