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Laughter and song is the order of the night at panto



PANTO: The Sound Of Sister Act exceeded all expectations as large audiences came along to the GAA Hall in Buttevant last Friday and Saturday night to enjoy an amalgamation of local talent and humour at its very best.

Once again, the pantomime was written, directed, produced and choreographed by Theresa Hynes whose boundless energy and enthusiasm made for a very enjoyable experience for all the cast and crew since rehearsals began last September right until the final curtain closed on Saturday night.

Laughter, gaiety, music, song and dance were the order of the night from the opening scene to the finale, and many commented that the music and singing was second to none. This is thanks in no small part to the professionalism of our Orchestra led by Helen Fitzpatrick on piano, Gavin Ring on Flute, Catherine Horgan on Violin, Keith Hynes on lead guitar, Bridie Cronin on Guitar, Connie Buckley on Bass Guitar and Fergus Mcgrath making his pantomime debut on Drums. Kenneth Hynes was as always right on cue providing backing tracks.

The amazing sets designed and created by Jerry Hynes and beautifully painted by Keith Hynes gave the stage a very professional look and Jerry was very ably assisted by Joe Mulvey with set changes on both nights. Professional Lighting was provided by Kieran Hynes and Sound by Adrian Buckley. Terri O'gorman is to be commended on her creativity with the costume design and nothing was too much trouble for her as she provided last minute alterations.

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The production boasted a cast of over 70. Elaine Lehane played the role of Maria and she caught the character in a flowing, spontaneous and radiant performance. Sheila Curtin was unrecognisable playing Whoppa and brought gasps of wonder from the audience when she first appeared being chased up and down the hall by Mick Lawless.

A few of the nuns had suspiciously deep voices but this added to the comedy aspect with Liam Fitzgerald playing spud mad Sr. Loretta with Gabriel O'callaghan as his sidekick Sr. Gabriella.

They were joined by Mary Guiney as Sr. Mary whose on stage antics had the audience in stitches. Mother Marcella was brilliantly played by Dolores Cronin and her combination of voice and acting ability led to a very convincing performance.

The Von Tapped family was led by Shaun Guerin as the Baron with Suzanne Hynes, Ciara Kenny, Rachel Dunlea, Aine O'neill and Sarah Dunlea as his children. Baron Von Tapped faced a moral dilemma early on when he instantly became attracted to Maria though he was engaged to Tulip played by Joyce Moynihan, and it was to great laughter and applause that he finally got down on one knee and proposed to Maria in the closing scene.

Gerry Byrne who celebrates his 90th Birthday was splendid as Father Byrne although Sr. Rosarie played by Helen Buckley did her best to annoy him with her cups of tea!

Lydia Doody, Martha Donovan, Ciara Kenny and Cait Moynihan along with some of the Dorada School of Dance Advanced Dancers played the all singing and dancing Nuns. Lydia along with Eileen Barrett and Catherine Bowles also gave a big contribution to the choreography of the Dorada dancers and each one of them from the Tiny Tots to the Intermediate and Advanced group delighted the audience with their dance routines.

The cast would like to extend their thanks to the backstage crew of Tina Ring and Mary O'keeffe who applied make-up, made sure we were on cue with our lines and even made the tea and coffee for us to go with the cakes kindly provided by Cait Moynihan.

A big thanks is also due to Tomas Lehane for his invaluable help in getting the hall ready for both nights and to Mary O'callaghan and Sheila Richmond for all their help on the door. Thanks also to all those who provided spot prizes and sold raffle tickets on both nights.

So, was the Panto any good? Oh, Yes it was!

TWINNING: THE sponsored fundraising hike up the Galtees in aid of Buttevant-plourivo twinning committee is being held on this Sunday March 4th 2012.

The group will meet at Buttevant's Dairygold Creamery at 8am and participants are requested to bring their sponsorship cards and cash with them. Suitable and appropriate garments will be required as the weather can be changeable on the mountains.

Refreshments will be provided in Buttevant following the hike. Your support is greatly appreciated.

BUTTEVANT BRASS BAND is this year celebrating its 75th year in existence. The band has for years been an integral part of Buttevant's community and musical heritage.

The band is currently in rehearsal for the forthcoming St. Patrick's Day parade, a part of which it has been annually. Practice is being held on Saturday nights at 7.15pm any former members wishing to return to the band will be more than welcome.

BUTTEVANT COMMUNITY COUNCIL is again this year organising the annual St. Patrick's Day parade. It is hoped that all groups, clubs and organisations will participate in this year's parade.

All participants are asked to assemble at the Barrack Gate area at 10am with the parade due to commence at 10.30am. A reviewing stand will be in place opposite St. Mary's Church where shamrock will be blessed and distributed to appointed officers of all the local participating organisations. A bi-lingual Mass will take place in St. Mary's Church following the parade.

BINGO CONTINUES in Buttevant GAA Hall on Monday night with substantial monetary prizes to be won. Next week's bingo jackpot will be worth €2,600 with the in house lottery at €380 and the lucky number draw at €190.

QUIZ: Buttevant GAA club is holding a fund raising table quiz on this Friday night March 2, 2012 in Kit's Bar at 9pm. Teams of four participants can enter for a fee of €40.

BUTTEVANT GOLFING Society is travelling to Kanturk Golf Club on this Saturday March 3, 2012. The format will be a 3 ball better ball and the draw for partners will take place at 9.30 pm sharp.

CONGRATULATIONS to Niamh O'connor, Military Road, Buttevant who has reached the final stage on the RTE promoted talent show 'Voice of Ireland'. Best of luck is wished to Niamh in the final.