2016 Arklow Music Festival
The 47th Arklow Music Festival was another very successful event again this year! Congratulations to all the participants who performed so well with the help of their teachers and parents. Arklow owes a debt of gratitude to the voluntary committee for their hard work including John Bonner, Eileen Clandillon, Rhoda O’Connor, Roisin O’Neill, Peter Kearns, Jimmy Russell, Tony Fennell, Tommy Nolan, Bridget Greene, Marian O’Regan, Thomas Kelly and Jo Walker.
Well done to McMullans Boutique who won the inaugural perpetual trophy sponsored by Arklow Chamber of Commerce for Best Musical Window Display. Pictured are Liz Doyle and Deirdre Bentley of McMullans and Ann McGovern. It was a close run thing as Peter and Eileen Kinsella in The Pottery Shop tied with the judges so it was given to the public vote on Facebook. We look forward to a wonderful competition again next year.
2016 St Patrick’s Day Parade
Congratulations to Peter Kearns, Jimmy Russell and all those involved in this years parade – they even provided a lovely sunny afternoon for the participants. It was a wonderful, colourful and well organised event with local businesses and sports clubs well represented. The 12 prize winning categories included the Best Float, Best Marching, Group, Most Entertaining Group, Best Uniformed Group. P. Boland Ltd, this year celebrating 200 years in business, had a very striking float.
Mary O’Brien, Director of Arklow Cancer Support Group, was the Grand Marshal. Mary was given the honour because of the great work she and her volunteers do to support those who have been diagnosed with cancer.
Avonmore Musical Society – Performance of Evita
The Avonmore Musical Society is putting on an amateur production of Evita in St. Mary’s College Hall from Tuesday, 29th March to Saturday 2nd April. The performance is by arrangement with The Really Useful Group Ltd originally directed by Harold Prince with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice.
This production of Evita is directed by Stephen Acton, musically directed by Naoimh Penston and choreographed by Martina Lynch. The ticket booth is open each Saturday and Sunday at the Bridgewater Shopping Centre and booking can also be made by contacting the booking office at 086-8722010.
Easter Musical Theatre Camp at Studio 55:
A 5,6,7,8 and all that jazz…
Come along and join us for a 3 day intensive musical theatre training in dance, singing and acting. Students will learn exciting songs and dances from stage and screen and from Broadway and the Westend – the lion king, Annie, frozen, mamma Mia, grease, shrek, Matilda, singin in the rain and Oliver to name a few.
The course will be led by:
Martina Lynch – (Dance) – Trained at MDDC, Liverpool. Aims nominated twice for Best Choreographer in the country, Arklow Chamber of commerce winner of best small business and most recently nominated as one of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneurs.
Chris Currid (Acting) – He is just back from a six month contract singing for Raglan Road, Disney, Orlando. Aims nominated for Best Singer and Best Actor in Ireland. Appeared on Utv’s search for Jesus Christ Superstar.
Leah Penston – (Singing) – Leah is a graduate of the Guildford School of Acting and has also trained with the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Leah made her West End debut featuring in the English National Opera’s production of “Sweeney Todd” in the London Coliseum in April 2015.
The camp will run from Wednesday the 30th of March – Friday the 1st of April for students aged 7-16. The camp will be at 10.30am – 2pm daily. The cost is €40 for Studio 55 members or €50 for non members.
To book, text 0851227286.