IT'S PANTO TIME!
As you read this, final preparations for the eagerly awaited Pantomime "The Story of Annie and Oliver" are underway and Buttevant Pantomime Club together with the Dorada School of Dance invite you to attend our shows on this Friday and Saturday 18th & 19th January. Taking place in the GAA Hall in Buttevant at 7.30pm on both evenings, tickets are available at the door and are priced at €10 for adults, €7 for Students & OAP's, €5 for children and a family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children is just €28. There is ample free parking but we advise you to come early to ensure a good seat.
This year we are excited to present to you "The Story of Annie and Oliver" which as the name suggests is a marriage of the best of the ever popular musicals "Annie" and "Oliver". The usual suspects are back on stage again and are delighted to be joined by newcomers Maire, Ciaran, Diarmuid and Margaret. Dorada School of Dance once again bring their excellent talent to the Pantomime and every dancer from the Tiny Tots to the Advanced Group add immensely to the overall production with many of the advanced members part of the main cast also.
Since September, as with every pantomime production, the cast ranging in age from the tender age of 3 to the ever youthful Gerry Byrne who is approaching his 91st birthday, the costume team, musicians and backstage team have been working extremely hard (with many laughs along the way) to learn lines, music, songs, dance routines, stitch, sew and paint.
As you can imagine there is an unbelievable amount of work involved in producing a show of this scale and we'd like to extend our thanks to our Set Artists Jerry and Keith Hynes, Costume designer Terri O'Gorman, Dorada School of Dance choreographers Eileen Barrett & Lydia Doody and of course our superb orchestra led by pianist Helen Fitzpatrick who is joined by Gavin Ring, Catherine Horgan, Bridie Cronin, Connie Buckley, Fergus McGrath and Keith Hynes.
But of course, absolutely none of this would happen without the tireless commitment and enthusiasm of our writer, producer, director and choreographer extraordinaire Theresa Hynes. Without Theresa we wouldn't have the set creation and design talents of Jerry & Keith and the technical effect wizardry of Kenneth so many thanks for those too!
It's a real testament to the enjoyment the cast and crew experience that there are many families with at least two generations taking part and indeed there are three generations of the Buckley family in the show with Helen Buckley playing Uncle George, her daughter Margaret plays Aunt Mildred, Tina, Dolores and Mary are part of the invaluable backstage crew and her daughter Helen and Grandson Gavin are in the orchestra!
Buttevant youth club is holding,an "Open Night" on this Thursday night, January 17 in the Muintir na Tire hall, Buttevant at 8.30pm for the benefit of informing parents, guardians and prospective new members of the facilities available for intending members.
Youth club leaders will be available on the night to answer any queries that parents,and intending new members may have or require information on. New members and new leaders are always welcome.
A new book has been published,under the title of,"Two Walls and a Roof", which portrays the lifestyle of a family in Buttevant during the 1950-60s. The author is Buttevant native, John Cahill, who was born and raised in Buttevant during that period.
The family portrayed in the book is of parents who reared three boys and three girls in extreme living conditions. The book can be purchased on Amazon ,on the Internet and will also be available in book shops in the near future. A launch of the publication will be held locally in the near future and details will be made available near the appointed date.
The weekly bingo session continues on Monday night in Buttevant G.A.A. hall, with substantial monetary prizes, to be won. Next week's "bingo jackpot" will be the worth €2,400 - with the "inhouse-lottery" valued at €400. There will also be a "lucky line" draw, for participating players.
Buttevant Community Council,of Muintir na Tire, is to update its campaign, to get the relative authorities to activate the necessary plans the commence the much needed repair of Buttevants' streets, and footpaths.
The comdition of the main street is a disgrace for a street that is on the main Cork to Limerick highway. The footpaths have also been an area of major concern and several accidents have occurred as a result of the surface conditions.
All residents are asked to support the community councils campaign and to lobby their local representatives both locally, provincially and nationally. For this campaign to succeed everybody will be required to be fully supportive of the protest campaign.
Buttevant is in danger of losing its litter bins on the main street. The local authority has advised that the litter bins are being used to dispose of household litter and rubbish rather than the purpose for which they were placed at various locations within the town.
This indiscriminate dumping was also evident when the Christmas light units were removed recently. There was a serious amount of household rubbish deposited within the advertising areas of the light units which is a purpose the light units were not intended for.
If the litter bins are taken away it will lead to the defacing to the appearance of the overall cleanliness of the town and will be an unsightly welcome for tourists and people in general.
The Cahirmee Singers came back to rehearsal ton Wednesday after the Christmas recess.
New members are always welcome. So if you are interested in joining, we rehearse every Wednesday evening at 8pm in the National School, Buttevant. For more details on what is involved, please feel free to contact Mick at 022/23167, Geraldine 083/11021289 or Mary 086/3822965.
Our season runs from Sept to May every year, and a very exciting program is planned for the rest of the season including
* Table Quiz on Fri 15th Feb in O'Neills
* Musical Evening on Fri 8th Mar
* Competitions in New Ross and Midleton in May
*Performances at masses & weddings
* Plans for another trip to a European Choral Festival....destination to be decided