Conor Mc Grath, Sinéad O’Callaghan, Ethan Doyle, Caoimhe Treacy and Michéal Tuohy are cast members in The East Clare Musical Society’s production of Sister Act which runs from 6th to the 9th April in Scariff Community College. Photograph: Eoin O’Hagan. 

A HOLY SHOW is promised in Scariff as the East Clare Musicial Society bring their own version of Sister Act to the stage.

Across four nights (April 6th-9th), the East Clare Musical Society will kick start Easter celebrations by taking on Sister Act at Scariff Community College.

Oliver was the last full musical performed by the group and it was a sellout. At either side of COVID-19 lockdowns, the society gave two separate productions of A Night at the Musicals – Cabaret.

Sarah Allen is director and choreographer of the production. She has been producing, choreographing and directing musicals in Limerick, Tipperary, Clare and Cork for over ten years. The qualified music and maths teacher has performed with Limerick Musical Society, Cecilians Musical Society, Shannon Musical Society, MIDAS (Mary Immaculate Dramatic Arts Society) and MUSE Productions. She also performed in the Irish Amateur Premieres of Shrek the Musical, and, Legally Blonde the Musical, the latter for which she won the Spirit of AIMS award along with the Delta Nu Sextet at the Association of Irish Musical Society Awards.

John O’Brien is once again musical director for the production. A former teacher in Scariff Community College where he developed a music department, John has led the way with his love of musical theatre, bringing so many future stars of the stage and screen along with him. A Choir master, an organist, a piano player of renown and the musical director on so many of the hit shows of the East Clare Musical Society, of which he is now chairperson.

Flagmount’s Sinéad O’Callaghan stars in the lead role of Deloris Van Cartier in what is her first big role on stage. She first fell in love with musical theatre when she saw the local group’s production of All Shook Up in 2011. Since then, Sinéad has been part of the chorus for Scariff Community College’s production of Grease and three East Clare Musical Society productions.

Scariff teacher Caoimhe Treacy plays the role of Mother Superior. Tuamgraney’s Edel O’Grady is Sr Mary Patrick and Feakle gospel singer Breandán Baguio who has been performing musicals since 1996 plays Sr Mary Lazarus.

Grace Guilfoyle, a Leaving Certificate student at Scariff Community College is Sr Mary Robert. Her classmate Ethan Doyle is also part of the cast along with fifth year students Rhys McNamara and Fionn O’Sullivan.

Long-serving members Micheál Tuohy and Ger Treacy play Monsignor O’Hara and Curtis Jackson respectively. Conor McGrath, Melanie Brown and Veronique Brand take to the stage as Eddie Souther, Sr Mary Martin of Tours and Sr Mary Theresa.

Kévín Saude of the Killaloe Male Voice Choir plays TJ with Laura Dolan (Michelle) and Flagmount’s Louise O’Callaghan (Tina) completing the cast.

Transition year, fifth year and Leaving Certificate students from Scariff Community College make up the chorus of East Clare Musical Society which is also made up of students from Raheen Woods Steiner School.

Tickets for the production are only available online via buytickets.at/eastclaremusicalsociety. No tickets can be obtained at local shops or outlets.

PRO of the society, Eoin O’Hagan said, “We are delighted to be returning to the stage with Sister Act as this comedy drama, filled with laughter and song, will keep our loyal musical theatre audiences entranced from the first note to the last bow”. He added, “If the rehearsals are anything to go by it will be a hilarious, music, song and dance filled, up out of your seat boogying night out, for all the family”.

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