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Pres, CBS and Oyster Lane on a high

THEY'RE all in this together -the CBS and Presentation secondary schools and Oyster Lane Theatre Company are all in the hit Disney show High School Musical which opens in Wexford at the end of January.

The high-energy production which was launched last week by the Wexford senior football manager, Jason Ryan, will run in the Presentation School from Saturday, January 1 to February 7 with a matinee on Sunday, February 1.

Excitement is building as rehearsals reach the final stages and the buzz around both schools is electric.

It is eight months since the idea of a three-way partnership was proposed and four months since auditions were held.

Director, Alan Corcoran commended the hard work and dedication of the cast.

He said it was also wonderful to witness in action Oyster Lane's ethos of combining youth with experience – talented and enthusiastic youth on the stage and experienced hands behind the scenes.

He introduced the cast which includes Jack O'Carroll playing the popular basketball team captain, Troy Bolton; Bronagh Gately as the shy, academic Gabriella Montez; Sharpay and Ryan Evans played by Grace Cowman and Andrew Kavanagh; Chris O'Farrell, Patrick Ross and Steve Kendall as 'the jocks'; Michaella Mifsud in the role of Gabriella's best friend; Fr. Brian Whelan as coach Bolton, and Niele Kavanagh as Mrs. Darbus.

Megan Boyle takes on the role of Kelsi Neilson, the young composer; Eimear Tyrell is Martha Cox, a 'brianiac'; Gavin Byrne is Ripper, a 'skater dude' and Simon O'Carroll is Jack Scott.

Experienced wardrobe mistress Anne Reck is in charge of costumes, assisted by Ciara Spellman from the CBS and Fiona Devereux from the Presentation. Lighting designer is Mark Redmond and Catherine Gaul is stage manager.

The principal choreographer is Paul Doyle; the chorus master Eanna McKenna, and the award-winning musical director is Patrick Clancy.

Among those attending the launch were the Irish Olympic boxing coach, Billy Walsh; school principals Geraldine Croke and Michael McMahon who praised the students for their commitment and the Mayor of Wexford Ted Howlin who said it was great to have something like this to brighten up our lives in the current climate of doom and gloom.

Tickets for the show are available from Whites for Music, telephone (053) 9122067.

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