Following an acclaimed appearance at The Junction Festival, Clonmel with their Café Theatre of Short Plays the Tipperary Town-based Dream-time Theatre return to The Excel with a very original summer show, The Graces of Lisheen - a romantic comedy musical based around traditional love songs. This is the show that has everything - music, singing, dance, comedy, romance, a good story and great characters.
The story concerns the three Grace sisters who run the family pub and their dealings with the romantic possibilities presented by the two young men who come looking for parts in the annual Lisheen musical.
The show will be produced by Emma English with Deirdre Ryan Preston as the Musical Director. Deirdre is Head Of Music at Thurles CBS. Anne O’Dwyer is the choreographer and the show is written and directed by Paul Maher. The cast includes Maria O’Shaughnessy Jimmy Farrell. It also includes Edel O’Driscoll, Josie O’Dwyer and John Ryan, all of whom featured in last year’s Dan Kelly is Jesus Christ. The cast is completed by new comers Matthew Ryan and Emma Kelly.
A unique aspect of this musical will be the dancing scenes as choreographed by the choreographer Anne O’Dwyer.
Anne has studied all forms of dance from Ballroom to Sequence at The Mulcahy-Bible School of Dance in Waterford.
Her son Dermot incidentally is former Musical Director for the Tipperary Musical Society.
The songs are all well-known folk and ballad standards ranging from the sad and poignant Down By The Sally Gardens, Nora Lee (same air as Love me Tender), If I were a Blackbird and The Bantry Girls Lament to the beautiful Marble Halls, Sweet Sixteen and Beautiful Dreamers; and on again to the rousing My Irish Molly and I’ll Tell My Ma and The Garden Where The Praties Grow.
Truly, there is a song for every mood and moment of love.
The show runs on Monday nights the 6th, the 13th and the 20th of August starting at 8.30pm. Tickets cost E14 with a E10 concessionary and group rate. There is a special student rate of just E5 and a family ticket (for two plus two) can be purchased for just E25. Bookings can be made at The Excel box office on 062 80520.