Tralee Musical Society AIM-ing high at awards

Fergus Dennehy

It's been another fantastic year for all involved with the Tralee Musical Society (TMS) what with the successful staging of not one, but two productions. Now, the society are looking to cap off a brilliant few months with some silverware when they head to the AIMS awards in the INEC this weekend.

This year, the society were kept busy staging 'Chitty, Chitty Bang Bang' while the youth branch of the society delighted audiences with their production of 'The Wiz'. For their efforts, TMS have been nominated for four awards:

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• Des Hurley - Best Stage Management - 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'. 

• Best Technical (Lighting, Sets and Sound) - 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

• Best Programme - 'The Wiz'.

• Spirit of AIMS - 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'.

Such is the high standard of each and every production that TMS produces every year, you can almost always safely guarantee the society will be nominated for one or more awards. Not that anyone in TMS is taking them for granted. "We do it for the enjoyment and the love of the society. It's a voluntary society and honestly, we really do just love what we do. So, to receive nominations on top of this, they are the icing on the top of the cake," Emma Quirke, TMS' PRO told The Kerryman last Thursday.

The biggest award that the society have been nominated for this year is the 'Spirit of AIMS/Adjudicator's Special Award'. They were chosen for this award due to the impressive work put in to the 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' production during which an actual moving car was built.

"The way it is worded is that 'Tralee Musical Society for the perseverance and the ingenuity in building the 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' car, they are nominated for this award," Emma continued. Speaking to  Speaking to The Kerryman back in April, Oliver Hurley, the director of the show, heaped praise on everyone who had helped build the ‘flying car’.

"We were blessed with the team that we had. My two brothers John and Des, they always work really hard on that sort of stuff," he said. "From lighting, effects and the visuals to the ability to fly a car and have it move and have the wings come out and all that sort of stuff, it simply wouldn't have happened without their work," Oliver continued. The AIMS awards take place on Saturday night.