St Mary's pupils staging 'Hello Dolly'
TRANSITION year students from St Mary's Secondary School in Mallow are busy putting the final touches to their all-singing, all-dancing production of the Broadway hit musical 'Hello Dolly'.
More than 70 students will take part in the ambitious production, which will open to the public with a matinee performance at the school's Aemilian Theatre at 2pm next Monday.
TY co-ordinator and drama teacher Mary Higgins told The Corkman the cast had been busy preparing for the show for months.
"We held drama workshops at the school up until Christmas when we cast the roles. The students then set up their own mini theatre company and have spent at a minimum of 10 hours each week fine tuning their acting, singing and choreography," said Ms Higgins.
"It has been great fun, but I must admit it has taken on a more serious edge as the opening performance draws nearer," she grinned.
She said preparing such a large ensemble would not have been possible without the help of fellow drama teacher Jill Mullins, musical co-ordinator Maura McAuliffe and set designer Martin Turvey. "It has been a real team effort and a fantastic learning experience for the students. It has been wonderful to see some of them come out of their shell when they take to the stage," said Ms Higgins.
"I know from previous years that this is always one of the real highlights of the year for many TY students," she added.
Hello Dolly will run at the Aemilian Theatre next Monday (2pm), Tuesday (11am and 7.30pm), Wednesday (7.30pm) and Thursday (7.30pm).
Admission will be €3 for the matinee performances and €10 for the evening shows.