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Cast members of St Patrick’s Comprehensive musical Addams Family Values having fun as they promote next week’s show. Photograph by Simona Lakatova

St Patrick’s musical a ‘celebration’ of the school’s community

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STUDENTS at Saint Patrick’s Comprehensive will entertain over 1,000 people when they perform the Addams Family Musical over four nights, December 7-10.

School principal Mary Costello said, “We are absolutely delighted that the Comp Musical is back and so grateful for the commitment from all involved – the production team, the students on stage; the staff and students backstage and front of house and the Parents Association.

“It is a true collaboration and celebration of the wonderful school community here in St Patrick’s Comprehensive School. 

“If Covid has taught us nothing else it has taught us that we hunger for culture and the arts – it is fantastic that we can showcase the talents of our current students, past pupils, parents and staff – this is education that cannot be measured on a points scale but which nurtures the artistic and community soul.”

The show’s Production Manager Gavin Ryan said, “We are beyond thrilled to have such a great link to the theatrical community of Shannon. Laura Gough, Karen Barrett and Aidan Fox our directorial team are all past pupils of the Comp.

“The commitment and effort by this team is astronomical, they truly go all out for our pupils to put on a professional show.”

Faith, a third year student involved in the production, said she has really enjoyed being part of it. “My favourite part has definitely been feeling like I’m part of something – like I belong. Making new friends who have the same interests as me, being able to work with such kind people like Laura, Karen and Aidan, and just the whole atmosphere is such a wonderful experience.

“It’s such a fantastic feeling to finally feel like I am a part of something and I’m accepted! I’m surrounded by such kind people who are so accepting and I never feel judged or like I’m an outcast.

“I never have to worry about the way I look or if people are staring at me because of our differences – despite all of us being such individuals, there’s always a sense of unity, passion and mutual understanding in the air.

“That feeling of belonging in such a nice atmosphere has definitely been my absolute favourite part of the musical.

“It is an incredible experience being able to express myself through performance- and meeting new people as a result has made me feel much more confident within myself!”

James, a second year student, also said he has loved preparing for the show.

“It is a great experience, and you also make new friends and I really recommend it to others!”

On December 12 the school will host its annual Senior Citizen’s Christmas Party, which is organised by the LCA students.

People from the whole community will be invited to enjoy tea and festive treats, with entertainment being provided by students and staff. This year the school is working closely with Carrigoran House to bring residents out to the Comp for the festive party.

Owen Ryan
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Owen Ryan has been a journalist with the Clare Champion since 2007, having previously worked for a number of other regional titles in Limerick, Galway and Cork.

About Owen Ryan

Owen Ryan has been a journalist with the Clare Champion since 2007, having previously worked for a number of other regional titles in Limerick, Galway and Cork.

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