It was standing room only all last week in The Premier Hall in Thurles as Thurles Musical Society’s Sister Act sold out on each of the five nights and had them dancing in their seats and in the aisles for what was a mesmerising show.
It’s quite rare that The Premier comes under pressure space wise, but such was the life that this show took on, that TMS found it difficult to facilitate all those who wanted to come along and witness something special. And, special it was.
Those who managed to sucure tickets were not disappointed - this was a colourful, lively spectacular with the very best of local talent on stage, and so many other talented people giving of their time, energy and love of mucial theatre to bring excellence to the forefront.
Thurles Musical Society, in existence since 1950, has staged many memorable shows down through the years - last years Titanic, Jesus Christ Superstar, Ragtime , West Side Story and The Merry Widow among them - but this was different. Never before was the same scramble for tickets witnessed and never before was the positive vibe from the audience so gushing - short of jumping up and stage and joining in, they were submerged in the production which closed on Saturday night.
Wow , it’s not easy to put into words the kind of atmosphere which prevailed when the curtain closed on this show each night - people left The Premier Hall with smiles on their faces, rhythm in their feet, and music in their soul. The ovations and acclaim were richly richly deserved, and were given generously and gushingly by appreciative audiences who were truly astounded by the level of performance - up there with anything you would witness in The West End or Broadway.
It’s even better than that though - because here you saw your neighbour, teacher, guard, shopkeeper, nurse, friend or relative doing it. Hard to believe that such talent could be there in such abundance.
Thurles can be very proud of Thurles Musical Society, as it is of Thurles Drama Group - doing fabulously on the All-Ireland circuit at the present time - and Phoenix Productions. The performing arts are certainly alive and well in this region and the audiences are coming out in their droves to support. Long may that continue.
After the magnificent success of Titanic last year, many people wondered how Thurles Musical Society could follow it in 2014 - well, they did and even surpassed it, perhaps.
What 2015 will bring -who knows at this stage? You can be certain of one thing though - Thurles Musical Society will continue to raise the bar to new heights as they have done for many years. AIMS Awards are sure to flow after this one.
Congratulations to all involved. See P 38 for full review.