Killarney team books place in 'Tops' final

Simon Brouder

THE line up for the grand final of The Kerryman and Tralee Musical Society's Tops of The Town is now complete after the final two heats of the competition took place in Tralee at the weekend with Killarney Musical Society earning the final spot.

Hundreds of guests crammed into Tralee's Meadowlands Hotel, who kindly provided their conference room free of charge, on Saturday and Sunday night to watch the final four teams battle it out for places in the final on April 20.

Saturday night saw the Tralee and north Kerry-based Spotlights team take on an entry from Tralee's Teach Beag Bar in the second heat, while on Sunday night Kerry Macra na Feirme took on Killarney Musical Society in heat three.

On Sunday night Killarney Musical Society took to the stage first and performed a shortened version of hit Elvis-based musical All Shook up which formed a part of their recent Musical Extravaganza in the INEC.

The award winning society put on a great show with the entire cast decked out in brilliant, colourful fifties costumes and the the troupe spared no expense or effort actually bringing a huge motorbike into the hall for the arrival of the show's Elvis-based star character, Chad, played by the very talented Niall Crowley.

Other standouts in the show were the incredibly talented singer Brid Mills who played bar owner Sylvia and the highly entertaining Conor O'Leary who brought the humour with his witty take on the character of the nerdy, lovelorn Dennis.

The second act on Sunday were the Kerry Macra na Feirme group which was led by Niall Graves and was comprised of Macra members from all four clubs in Kerry, Causeway, Kilmoyley, Kenmare and Mid-Kerry.

The Macra team, fresh from semi final success at the Macra FBD Capers talent competition brought their Keep it Country show to The Meadowlands and brought the house down with some absolutely brilliant comic sketches.

Highlights of the show brought the audience behind the scenes at Ballylocal radio with the outrageous DJs Jim and Tim and also behind the scenes at the local community hospital for retired GAA players and officials.

There could be only one winner and despite a brilliant performance by the Macra na Feirme team it was Killarney Musical Society who won out and advance to the finals.

Saturday's heat saw Tralee's Teach Beag and the Spotlights fight it out with both teams staging a terrific array of classic musical numbers and comic sketches.

Teach Beag were named as winners on the night but the Spotlights have also made it through to the final as the judges' wildcard selection.

So the teams that will be battling it out for the 2013 Tops of The Town Title are the Tim Landers School of Performing Arts, Teach Beag Bar Tralee, Killarney Musical Society and wildcard team the Spotlights. There will also be a number of special prizes presented out to individual performers from all teams to recognise those players who brought something extra to the contest.

The grand final takes place in The Meadowlands Hotel in Tralee on Saturday April 20 at 8pm.