Wednesday 26 July 2017

Casting crew decides on Beauty parts

AVONMORE MUSICAL SOCIETY is hard at work on their upcoming production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast and have recently concluded auditions for the leading roles.

There was great interest with 30 people turning up to audition which gave the production team of Bill Stafford, Martina Lynch and Mairead Mc Kenna a very tough job indeed in casting. After a week of auditions Chairman Rob Donnelly is now delighted to announce that the following have been cast, Chris Currid (Beast), Amy Penston (Belle), Sean Hendley (Gaston), Brendan Kenny (Lumiere), Patrick Bracken (Cogsworth), Tomas Byrne (Le Fou), Elaine Sweeney (Madame de la grande Bouche), James Kearon (Maurice), Ciara Spellman (Babette) and Naoimh Penston as Mrs Potts.

There is a mixture of the old and new with some of the stalwarts of the society still there but Avonmore are always looking for new people and are delighted to welcome Chris Currid and Ciara Spellman to the society and also give a warm welcome back for Brendan Kenny who returns after a gap of five years. Brendan last appeared in Avonmore's 'Some like it Hot' in 2007. Ciara Spellman is from Gorey and a young lady who is very experienced on stage. Chris Currid is another first timer with Avonmore and a young man with a great future ahead of him. he has recently appeared on the Voice of Ireland and also made it into the last 40 in Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Superstar' programme on TV.

The last few years have been very successful for Avonmore winning numerous AIMS Awards and this year for only the second time in their history they came second for Best Overall Show for 'The Wizard of Oz'. They also won the Award for Best Stage Management and were runners up in the Best Actress (Amy Penston), Best Director (Bill Stafford) and Best Visual Show categories.

A big cast is needed for 'Beauty and the Beast' and Avonmore are always looking out for new members. If you would like to join Avonmore contact 086-8722010 or log onto For this year's show you must be over 16 or in transition year in school.

There is just one child's part to cast in 'Beauty and the Beast'. Avonmore are looking for a male actor between the ages of eight and 12 to play the part of 'Chip', the Tea Cup. Auditions will be held in Martina Lynch's Studio 55, Main Street, Arklow on Thursday, October 25. All information is on the Avonmore website.

The society will take to the stage from Tuesday, April 2 to Saturday 6, 2013 to present Beauty and the Beast.

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