Wednesday 21 February 2018

Scoundrels scoop runner-up prize

Members of St Michael's Theatre Musical Society at the AIMS Awards
Members of St Michael's Theatre Musical Society at the AIMS Awards

St Michael's Theatre Musical Society (SMTMS) converged on Killarney in June winning a runners-up prize at the annual AIMS (Association of Irish Musical Societies) awards ceremony.

The ceremony is the main event on the Irish musical theatre calendar and societies from all over the country were represented as AIMS honoured the top performers from the previous 12 months.

SMTMS was nominated for the prestigious 'Spirit of AIMS' Award. This much-coveted award is an open category where the adjudicator is free to nominate anyone of his choosing for any reason he sees fit. In the case of SMTMS, the adjudicator was impressed with the 'superb comedy' delivered by Keith Flanagan, Ciarán Dunphy and Joanne McCabe in the hilarious Ruprecht Scene from their show Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which was directed by Kevin Kennedy.

SMTMS has a proud history at the AIMS Awards. Winning this time around was never going to be easy as the gang was up against none other than the award ceremony's host on the night, Today FM DJ, Fergal D'Arcy and he was a strong favourite to take home the prize for Loughrea Musical Society's American Idiot. However, it was the third nominee Limerick Musical Society, who edged out the competition to scoop the prize on the night.

Irrespective of the result, a great night was had by all and SMTMS members now look forward to September when they commence rehearsals for their next show Legally Blonde, which takes to the St Michael's Theatre stage from November 22 to November 25. This next show will feature Ashley Doran in the lead role of Elle Woods, Keith Flanagan, Trevor Kent, Joanne McCabe, Kevin Reade, Zoe Smith, Kerrie Campbell, Janet Feeney, Caoimhe Boyle, Claire O'Connor, Stoney Burke, Sean O'Brien, Lizzie Heffernan, James Dobbs and Margaret Dunne among others. Directed by Kevin Kennedy, with musical direction by Philip Kennedy and choreography by Claire Kickham it promises to be yet another knockout show.

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