IT will be worth a three-year wait as talented Heywood CS students present their first school musical since 2019 this week.
Excitement is building as the school prepares to stage the hit show Annie the Musical in the gym hall this Wednesday and Thursday, 23 and 24 November.
Staff and about 75 students both on and off-stage are involved in the show, which opens today with a matinée for about 670 local primary school children.
Evening shows tonight and tomorrow are at 7.30pm. Tickets are selling fast but some are still available from the school and on the door, priced at €12 for adults, €10 students/OAPs, or family (2 adults, 2 children) €35.
Playing the star role of orphan Annie is Transition Year student Colleen Lalor, who is lead vocalist in the school choir. She is joined by Gaiety Theatre and Young Musical Society Theatre Company member Saoirse Murphy as orphan July, while in the role of Duffy is Leona O’Neill, who has performed at The Watergate theatre in Kilkenny and trains with Dancewise.
Miss Hannigan is played by fifth year student Ciara Brown who, along with TY student Katelyn Cummins (playing Pepper), performed in the school’s last musical Grease before the pandemic hit.
Other cast members are Orphan Mollie – Jessica O’Shaughnessy 3rd year; Kate – Sophie Lalor TY; Tessie – Rachel Dunne; Daddy Warbucks – Darragh Kelly TY; Drake – Adam Maher 5th year; Lily – Caoimhe Moynihan 6th year and Rooster – Rody McEvoy TY.
The show is co-directed by teachers Julianne Woods and Afra O’Malley, with Julianna also the musical director and Afra the choreographer. Maths teacher Bronagh Walsh is stage manager, with among those providing the uplifting music are new teacher Eric Healy on violin, Miss Woods on piano, past-pupil Rachel Bonham on guitar and Jack Rabbitte on drums.
Many others are involved off-stage in the wonderful production, with the set designed and made by the TY art class under the direction of art teacher Sharon Webster. Costumes and props were created by Home Economics students and teachers Fiona Barry and Denis Carrigan.