Thurles Musical Society will launch it’s history book ‘ Stage to Page - A History of Thurles Musical Society’ on Sunday October 30th in the Anner Hotel as part of the 60th anniversary celebrations.
An open invitation is being extended to everyone to attend this gala event which will feature entertainment from Society members to reflect the type of shows undertaken through the six decades, and plenty of music, song and dancing to follow.
The book - 330 page full colour publication - has been written and edited by the Society’s PRO, Noel Dundon and contains one thousand photos taken throughout the six decades of musical theatre in the Cathedral Town.
It charts the Society’s growth from inception, through the formative years, to the modern day where an energetic, enthusiastic and musical loving company carry on the flame first lighted by our late founding father, Rev Fr William Noonan.
The book delves into the reasons behind the establishment of the Society; those responsible for it’s formation; and all those who have continued to pursue musical theatre excellence during the decades since.
There are sections on the impact of the Association of Irish Musical Society on TMS and vice versa. There are comprehensive pen pictures on all our Honorary Life members - living and dead, and there are also chapters on the people behind the major and most popular musicals we have staged through the decades.
Each show undertaken by the Society is detailed in the publication with everyone who ever set foot on stage, helped out backstage, or worked in any way for the Society, is included, in so far as was possible.
The Minute books have been trawled through; the newspaper archives raided; and many closets and presses in Thurles visited in a bid to dig up photographs. The result was a resounding success with many photographs included in the book which have never been seen before in a public forum.
The evening kicks off at 8:00pm with a cheese and wine reception to be followed by the Society’s chorus taking on a number of popular arias, book launch by the President of the Association of Irish Musical Societies (AIMS) Mary Heaney, and great fun thereafter.
There is no entry fee for this Bank Holiday Sunday evening of entertainment and an open invitation is being extended to all to come along.
The book, which will be available in local shops, and on the night, will retail for 20 Euro (hardback) and 15 Euro ( paperback).