Full report on the AGM of Thurles Musical Society which was held in The Anner Hotel this week.
The success of Sister Act the Musical was one of the big talking points of the AGM with Chairman Jack Gleeson stating how proud he was of the Society and of the huge entertainment provided for the audiences each night of the sold out event.
“It was very humbling to see the appreciation of the audiences for the huge work that went into Sister Act across all sections,” he said and he went on to thank all those involved in the Society for their efforts in what was a very busy year.
The Chairman revealed that one of his personal highlights was the visit to Arus an Uachtarain as part of the Golden Jubilee of AIMS and the signing of our first programme for The Yeomen of the Guard by President Michael D Higgins. He presented a framed display marking the event which will be erected in an appropriate spot in time to come.
Secretary Laura Ryan said that she had goose pimples standing at the back of the Premier Hall throughout the run of Sister Act, when she saw the audience reaction. So much more national acknowledgement should have followed, she said, but added that TMS stages these shows for ourselves and the audiences, for the buzz of performing and the reaction received. Nothing else matters after that, she said, as she looked forward to welcoming back Director Tony Finnegan and Choreographer Debbie Kiernan again for 2015.
Treasurer Antoin O’Brien gave a comprehensive rundown of the finances of the Society and once again paid tribute to the magnificent support received from the business and local community at large, without whom it would not be possible to function. He complimented the many people who wore tirelessly for the Society - the likes of Thurles Lions club who act as ushers for us for many years - and said that TMS is very fortunate to have very talented people in a whole range of spheres who use their talents, freely and willingly for the Society.
No show has been selected for 2015 as of yet, but the incoming committee will discuss same at the first meeting in November. The opening night in The Premier Hall will be Tuesday March 24th 2015.
Rev Fr Martin Hayes, Patron, congratulated the Society on another great year and wished the committee and members well for the concerts to be staged on November 27 and 28th in the Anner Hotel, and for the 2015 season.
Mary Butler, General Secretary of AIMS, reminded those present that a Golden Jubilee Ball will take place in the Sheraton in Athlone on January 3rd and the AGM will also take place on the Sunday of that weekend. Tickets can be purchased on the AIMS website. A special jubilee concert will take place in the Bord Gais Theatre on October 25th 2015 and auditions for same will be held in the coming months.
Vice President: Alice Hogan
Chairman Jack Gleeson
Secretary: Laura Ryan
Treasurer: Antoin O’Briain
Committee: Mary Callanan, Michelle O’Connell, Linda Ryan, Gary Dempsey, Mary Long, Frank Tuohy, Pat Hayes, Mary Butler.
To be co-opted at first meeting: Musical Director - Mary Rose McNally; PRO - Noel Dundon.