TWO talented young actors from Ballyheigue and Lispole are taking centre stage at Siamsa Tíre this week where they're playing the starring roles in Tralee Musical Society's production of the classic musical Oliver.
The show, which runs nightly at Siamsa Tíre until Sunday, opened to a packed house on Tuesday night with a cast of over 40 young actors and actresses from Tralee and further afield joining Tralee Musical Society's award winning troupe on stage in the Oliver Hurley directed production.
The main role in the show is being portrayed by young actor Matthew Dineen from Ballyheigue who was awarded the part of Oliver after he won the musical society's 'Search for Oliver' countywide talent hunt in January.
Matthew is a pupil at Bouleenshere National School, where his father Ternece is a teacher, and last year he played a starring role in the shcool's massive production of the musical The Light of the World, which was written by the school's teachers John and Amanda Breen.
Matthew is joined on stage by West Kerry native Mairtin O Cathasaigh from Lispole who is taking on the role of Oliver's young guide though London's Dickensian Street's - the Artful Dodger.
Mairtin, already an accomplished performer, won the role of Dodger thanks to a brilliant performance in the Search for Oliver contest where, despite not winning the main role, he wowed judges with his on stage presence and flawless comic delivery.
The prodigious 12 year old from Baile an Teampaill, Lispole has been making a mark on the traditional performance circuit over the past few years and just last weekend he won the Scór County Final in Ballybunnion in the Amhránaíocht Aonair category.
Oliver will run at Siamsa Tíre nightly at 8pm until Sunday April 14 with a matinee performance on Sunday afternoon.