Excellence in musical theatre amongst societies in Tipperary was once again reflected in thirteen nominations for AIMS Awards following the announcements in New Ross at the weekend.
Leading the race this time was Carrick-on-Suir MS who staged Evita and received a whopping seven nominations including Best Overall Show, Best Director (Liam Butler), Best Musical Director (Fergal O’Carroll), Best Actress (Irene malone), Best Chorus, Best Choreographer (Patricia Woods) and Unsung Hero nomination for Mairead Walsh.
Thurles Musical Society received two nominations for Sister Act - Best Comedian - Cathal O’Donoghue for his role as Monsignor O’Hara; and Best Actress in a Supprting Role - Cathy Keane as Sr Mary Robert.
Tipperary Musical also received two nominations for HMS Pinafore - Derek Ryan as Captain Corcoran for Best Male Singer; and Best House Management.
There were single nominations too for Nenagh and Roscrea - Nenagh for Best Ensemble in Jesus Christ Superstar; and Roscrea’s Michael Donnegan for Best Actor as Oliver Warbucks in Annie.
There was great excitement in Thurles and Tipperary, especially, as Derek Ryan, Cathy Keane and Cathal O’Donoghue had all starred in previous productions with both societies.
The Carrick-on-Suir, Nenagh and Roscrea nominations all came in the O’Sullivan section of the Awards scheme while Thurles and Tipperary were both in the Gilbert section.
Tipperary is fortunate to have such talent scattered throughout the county in both musical theatre and dramatic circles and the thirteen nominations is further evidence of the very high standards attained each and every year. Those standards are rising all the time with shows being of a very high quality.
Sister Act in Thurles, which played out to sold-out houses each night, was an Irish premiere, while Evita was a premiere in Carrick. The popularity of JC was evident in Nenagh , and of course Gilbert and O’Sullivan shows continue to be highly entertaining as Tipp proved with HMS Pinafore.St Mary’s, Clonmel too staged Fiddler on the Roof to high acclaim.
The awards will be announced on Saturday June 14th in Killarney.