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A night of dazzling costumes and high-class entertainment

FANS of Barry Manilow's magical music will be crooning in the aisles when Oyster Lane's lavish production of Copacabana opens at the Dun Mhuire next Monday.

'It's big in costuming, big in entertainment,' said producer Alan Corcoran, describing Copacabana as 'a lovely light-hearted romp, high on dance music and character acting'.

Oyster Lane always seems to bring the best of youth and experience together in their productions, and Copacabana is no exception - the melodic Manilow music providing the perfect foil for what promises to be a very entertaining show.

'It's big in energy too and reminiscent of, and on a par with, shows like Grease and Jesus Christ Superstar,' said Alan, part of the very experienced and multi-faceted trio putting on Copacabana - musical direction and chorus direction under the baton of Patrick Clancy and choreography by Suzanne O'Leary.

For the past 11 weeks, Oyster Lane has been running a series of notices in the Wexford People highlighting its productions over the past decade, and leading up to the latest show.

The signature drum beat of the show will soon have you tapping your feet and racing along with the wave of dazzling costumes.

Seen through the eyes of songwriter Tony Forte/Stephen, it is bouncy, light-hearted comedy at its best, and a show that is sure to go down well with Wexford audiences.

The show has a chorus of 30 dancers, the Copa showgirls high stepping into numbers such as 'Just Arrived' and 'Havana-Caramba'.

Oyster Lane Theatre Group has cast newcomer Bridget Nolan, from Bunclody, in the lead female role of showgirl Lola La Mar/Samantha in Copacabana.

The lead male role of songwriter Tony Forte/Stephen will be performed by Oyster Lane stalwart Neal O'Leary.

Both leads will be ably supported by Caroline O'Connell in the comedic role of Gladys Murphy, Ken Moroney, from New Ross, as casino king Sam Silver, Heather Hadrill, returning for her ninth production, as Conchita Alvarez and Barry Wadding - the only Oyster Laner to appear in every production to date -- in the dark role of Rico Castelli.

Other performers include Greg O'Leary, as Willie, Martin Conway, as Luis, Lee Hynes, as McManus and Paul Doyle, as Skip.

Oyster Lane Theatre Group would like to extend a big thanks to their nightly sponsors Talbot Hotel, Potato Market, Riverbank House Hotel, Ferrycarrig Hotel, The Red Book and C&N Properties.

Copacabana is a show not to be missed -- Oyster Lane at its best.

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