GAVIN QUIGLEY and the Born 2 Perform Stage School were crowned winners at the All Ireland Variety Show final recently.
The competition, at St Patrick's College, Dublin, showcased the amazing talents of some of Ireland's top stage schools and B2P were crowned overall champions.
Gavin's group displayed a fresh and exhilarating performance of popular musicals, latest hits, hilarious comedies and inventive scenes, boasting some of the greatest talent from across the Northeast. Audience members and judges were blown away with the variety of vocal numbers, dazzling dance routines and side-splitting comedies performed by the group of 80 students, ranging from the ages of five to 23.
Crowds cheered as B2P transported them in the opening moments to the beauitful paradise of Heaven and then to the darkest depths of Hell in their inventive portrayal of 'Heaven Versus Hell'. The judges were highly impressed with the entire show and had high praise for all.
However, they were particularly blown away with the touching tribute to all the lives lost in the 9/11 disaster as 12-year-old Jessica Owens, who was crowned 'Star of the Future' at the final, gave everyone all goosebumps in her beautiful rendition of 'Remember Me'.
Each stage school awarded a 'Star of the School' trophy to a deserving student and all were delighted as Gavin and Louise Steele, musical director, presented the McEnaney family with the well deserved award.
Four members of this family graced the stage in the competition, with the youngest McEnaney also a member of the school. Well done to Laura, Kellie, Conor, Shauna and Rachel.
The judges gave special recognition to Gerard McCabe and Patrick Carolan for their great vocal and comedy performances, to the junior boys and to Cillian Cromwell for his variety of comic roles.
There was jubilation as Born 2 Perform Stage School were announced All Ireland Variety Show champs, a remarkable achievement their first time of entering.
Born 2 Perform Stage School, who have classes throughout the NorthEast, are looking forward to their next big venture as they start preparations for their pantomime, 'Beauty and the Beast' which will be staged next February. Contact (087) 7467281 for more details.