W`e had a sizeable contingent in the travelling party to Killarney last weekend for the annual AIMS Awards which was another fantastic event.
With two nominations to give us great hope, we looked forward to the glittering banquet, but had to give best in both the Best Stage Manager and Best Visuals categories.
However, receiving nominations in the first place is a huge honour and we congratulate Tommy Sweeney and his team, and all those involved in the Best Visuals section from costumes to hair and make-up, scenery, lighting etc.
We were thrilled to see Diarmuid Vaughan from Clonmel receiving the Best Actor Award for his role as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar. Diarmuid played one of the high priests in our version of the same show two years ago. Heartiest congratualtions to all the winners and nominees.
On the local front, we have selected our Director and show for 2012. After much consideration, our hard working committee made the decision at our last meeting. So, grab you stetsons and your smith and westons -Calamity Jane will roll into town in the Spring with the show set to run from March 27-31st in the Premier Hall. Our Director for the show will be Kilkenny man Dave Heffernan, whose wife hails from the Cathedral Town - we have promised not to mention anything GAA during the course of the musical season!! We will welcome Dave to Thurles for rehearsals after Christmas and are really looking forward to working with a man who has vast stage and directorial experience.
Our history book - Stage to Page, A History of Thurles Musical Society is currently being proof read in advance of printing. The book, a 336 page full colour publication, will be available in both hardback and soft cover, and will be launched at a special 60th celebratratory concert/show in The Anner Hotel on October 30th - Bank Holiday Sunday evening. The book records and recollects every person who took to the stage with TMS throughout our history and gathers together a collection of photographs - black and white, and colour - many of which have never been seen in public before. The book is divided into sections with each decade individually styled and finished off to a very high degree. And, there are also sections on the formation of the Society, Our Honorary Life Members, our association with AIMS, the People Behind the Musicals, and an up-dated Officers of the Society/Director/Musical Director database.
Our hope is that Stage to Page, A History of Thurles Musical Society will act as a reference book into the future, as well as being a nostalgic trip down memory lane for everyone involved in the Society, all those who attended our shows through the decades, and anyone whose relatives or friends may have trod the boards.
More details about the launch night at a later date.
Since our last bulletin, we lost two very fine former members in Noel Moloney and Micheal Maher - both men soldiered with our Society during the formative years and maintained a keen interest in our activities to the last. We extend our sympathy to the bereaved and wish both the peace and happiness of Heaven.