ENNIS MUSICAL SOCIETY took to the stage for the first time in two years.

In Hotel Woodstock on Sunday night, an array of musical theatre celebrated hope and promise with the return of the Ennis Musical Society to the local scene in front of a sell-out crowd.

Under the musical directorship of Shane Farrell, the audience was treated to an occasion filled with a variety of songs from old and new musicals from Broadway and the West End. Members, new and old supported the Ennis Musical Society on its return to action.

Audience members were struck by the vocal talents from the children’s chorus and the numerous teenagers who performed solos and duets with the common conclusion that the youth has placed the future of the Ennis Musical Society in safe hands.

Performers on the night included Connolly’s Holly Dunphy who has been a member of the EMS since she turned six, Ennis’ Michelle Vaughan, second year Coláiste Muire student Charlotte Culligan who sang alongside her aunt Kate, Louise Eccles from Ennis, budding actor Daniel Kelly (11), Lissycasey teenager Paddy Hogan, Ennis native Saoirse Scanlon, Mary Immaculate College student Aoife Ní Ghormáin, Aisling Fox of Ennis, former Clare Champion journalist Carol Hackett, Lisdoonvarna based secondary school teacher Lauren Dunne and Holly-May Vaughan from Ennis.

After four years performing in London, Brian Roche made a welcome return to the Musical Society, Siofra Hogan, Limerick primary school teacher Olivia Parkinson, Nenagh based Patrick Kelly, Patrickswell secondary school teacher Patrick Woulfe and long-standing member Edel Heaney also took to the stage.

A spokesperson for the Ennis Musical Society told The Clare Echo that they would like to say particular thanks to the audience “for their warmth and generosity towards their performers”.

Next Spring, the Ennis Musical Society will be back with their eagerly anticipated production of Legally Blonde.

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