BENE MERENTI 2012 offered two nights of two quality entertainment at Gorey Little Theatre for appreciative parents, family and friends of Gorey Community School students.
Every year, the school's music department showcases the wealth of musical performance and dramatic talent of the student population in the Bene Merenti concerts.
This year, 150 acts auditioned to be part of the two-night dazzling extravaganza, which took place last Tuesday and Wednesday night in Gorey Little Theatre.
The comperes, Anne Marie Whelan and Michael Quinlan, introduced a very broad category of acts, ranging from knockout contemporary music, and sensational classical pieces, to medleys, Irish song and dance, choral and vocal ensembles, and solo performance.
The shows were produced by music teacher Sara Clancy, who spoke on the night of how immensely proud she was of all who had participated in the very successful event.
Talent, in all its creative art forms, graced the stage to rapturous applause and standing ovations. Spirits were high as the award winners were announced and principal Michael Finn spoke of the unbelievable high standards of a such school production achieved by Ms Clancy and her team of music teachers who mentored the individual performers in the weeks leading up to the event.
Each year at the Bene Merenti performers are lauded for their contribution to music and the performing arts not solely for their performance in the event but for the dedicated contribution to the arts throughout their time in secondary school.
The Bene Merenti winner was Heather Byrne. First-placed runners-up were Aoife O'donnell, India Mcgirr, Zarah Kelly, and Kate Harris. Second placed runners up were Eimear Hogan and Danielle Doyle. The other winners were: Achievement Award, Cian Mcdonagh; Artistic Creativity Award, Fauve Byrne, Rebecca Wilson, Colin Doran, Eoin Walsh; Irish Music Awards, Gearóid O'sullivan, Philip Doran, Stephen Byrne, Stephen Duke, Peter Spencer, David Spencer; Music Theatre Awards, Sophie Mccarthy, Aoife O'toole, Megan Hurley; Vocal Arts Awards, Steffi Dore, Justin Doody, Shauna Gartland; Contemporary Music, Paul Doyle, Graham Geraghty, Jonathan Bray, Dylan Watter, Patrick Poole, James Sinnott, Paul Sweeney, Brian D'arcy; Dance, Philip Doran, Stephen Byrne, Stephen Duke, Peter Spencer, David Spencer, Brian Cooney, Eddie Earle.