Carrigaline group get award nod for ‘Oliver’

Carrigaline group get award nod for ‘Oliver’
Scene from ‘Oliver The Musical’ Bill Sykes (Declan Kiely) And Nancy (Ava Costin)Photograph Leo Reddy.

The Carrigaline Musical Society are celebrating after receiving a nominations in national awards celebrating the best of musical talent in Ireland.

AIMS (Association Of Irish Musical Societies) announced their shortlists at the weekend and included a nod for Carrigaline’s Declan Kiely, who received a nomination for Best Actor in a supporting role. He was shortlisted for his portrayal of Bill Sykes in the society's recent production of Oliver.

“While we were very hopeful of a nomination because of some great performances in our last production we also had to be realistic and remember we are a relatively new society and AIMS members amount to over 130 Musical Societies nationwide,” PRO Bill O’Keeffe said.

The group are thrilled with the nomination, which was the only one received by a musical society in Cork this year.

“This is great recognition for all the hard work put in by all involved, from the production team to the stage crew,” Mr O’Keeffe said. “This just proves how much the Society is progressing show after show, and what an amazing group of talented people we have on stage and behind the scenes.

“This is also a huge personal achievement for our esteemed Director Jacinta McBride, who is ultimately responsible for every role and character portrayal.

“So it’s Tuxedos and Ball Gowns at the ready and off to Killarney in June, and fingers crossed we go one better and win the award on the night, and bring it back to Carrigaline.”

The society will be staging ‘Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella The Musical’ later this year. 

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