Performers from Carnew Musical Society joined over 2,500 organisations from 40 countries around the world for All Together Now, a global celebration of live theatre which sought to provide much-needed funds for the ailing sector.
For the show, which was held in St Brigid’s Hall, Music Theatre International (MTI) provided an exclusive musical revue, featuring songs from its most beloved show all free of charge.
Designed as a fundraiser for local theatres to perform live, All Together Now saw singers, dancers and actors globally take to the stage from November 12-15, as MTI supported the thousands of theatres who are persevering under trying circumstances.
Over the course of the weekend, 5,500 individual performances were seen by over one million audience members.
Mary Doran of Carnew Musical Society said all those in St Brigid’s were simply thrilled to be back enjoying live entertainment.
“It went fantastically; there was a great atmosphere and everyone was so happy to be back out. There was a nice crowd there, but it felt safe at the same time,” she said.
“The concert itself went down a bomb; people seemed to love it. Thanks to MTI, we had the rights to do songs from shows we wouldn’t normally do.”
In addition to those in attendance on the night, the live-stream also gave those away from home the opportunity to tune in and they did so from as far afield as Chicago, Florida, Nebraska and China.
Paying tribute to Debbie Furlong, Fergus Garrett, Jacinta Kavanagh, Cathy Tighe, Kevin McEvoy and all those who helped make the night possible, Mary said that while the immediate future for theatre remained uncertain, she was hopeful the society’s production of ‘Guys and Dolls’ would go ahead in 2022.