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Many Young Men of Twenty

Before Christmas, we decided to undergo a TY production that we would perform after the Easter. This linked into drama studies for our English classes. Ms. De Burca, a local drama enthusiast and Ann C Molloy chose a script they thought would be suitable for such a cast size as many of us were eager to take to the stage and try something new.

It's fair to say it did take us all some time to get truly into character with the 1960s Kerry style script. The big work began before and during the Easter holidays and was greatly aided by the set production in the lunchroom. Special thanks to Nigel and the construction teachers for helping us with the set.

With costumes sorted over Easter, the show began to come together bit by bit. Full run-throughs began and our musicians were brought on the scene. They were a fantastic addition and added lots of life to the shows. We made up hampers for the raffles and prizes were generously donated. Beautiful posters were designed by Valerie Keaveney and dotted around the surrounding communities. The set was put up and perfected in the town hall. There was no turning back now…

Fast forward to bank holiday Monday, the day before our first public production. Costumes and make-up on, musicians seated and our “alcoholic” beverages at the ready, we began our dress rehearsal and added the finishing touches.

Tuesday 2nd May; the day of our first show. We had another dress rehearsal which was almost flawless. Then onto the evening, the big debut. There were some nerves and mistakes but thanks to past experiences of musicals however, we managed to hide them extremely well.

We performed for second years on Wednesday, slightly nervous, but everybody's hard work was evident as all ran smoothly. We then rested for a few hours before returning to the town hall for our final show, excited yet again. The atmosphere that night was unbelievable. This could be put down to a full house with people even seated on the stairs. Everything went perfectly, ending the experience on a good note.

Not over yet though, the group decided to perform again for the school on Friday afternoon. Although we were exhausted from the Awakening concert in Castlebar the day before, the show went well ending it on a high for good this time.

TY’s were either on stage, helping with drinks and props backstage or controlling the lights and sound. Huge thanks to everybody who helped us make this show a success especially Ms. De Burca, Ann C Molloy and Nigel for all of their hours, insight and patience! Mary-Jo Fitzpatrick and the musicians, those who donated prizes and helped with the raffle, set, backstage, prompting and front of house, the town hall and community centre for the use of the facilities, parents and guardians for bringing us to and from rehearsals and to the audience and school for the great support. This was a great achievement for our class enjoyed by all.

 

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