By Noel Dundon
Five Association of Irish Musical Society (AIMS)Awards have come the way of societies in Tipperary after the magnificent banquet in the International Events Centre in Killarney at the weekend.
Without doubt pride of place went to Carrick-on-Suir Musical Society for their production of Evita. They received four AIMS Awards for their efforts including Best Overall Show, Best Chorus, Best Musical Director (Fergal Carroll), and Best Actress (Irene Malone). Their magnificent show went down a real treat in Carrick and they were justly rewarded on Awards evening.
Tipperary Musical Society’s Derek Ryan, who has also featured with Thurles and St Mary’s, Clonmel, won a valued AIMS Award as Best Male Singer for his role as Captain Corcoran in HMS Pinafore. Derek excelled in the role and the AIMS Adjudicators agreed with the audiences assertions that he was worthy of being honoured.
Of course Tipperary had received thirteen nominations in total with Carrick securing seven of those - Best Director (Laim Butler), Best Choreographer (Patricia Woods), and an Unsung Hero nomination for Mairead Walsh to go along with the four winning ones.
Thurles Musical Society had two nominations for Sister Act - Cathal O’Donoghue as Monsignor O’Hara for Best Comedian; and Cathy Keane as Sister Mary Robert for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
Tipperary Musical Society had a second nomination as Best House management and there were single nominations too for Nenagh and Roscrea.
Nenagh were nominated for Best Ensemble for Jesus Christ Superstar, while Roscrea’s Michael Donnegan was nominated as Best Actor in Annie as Oliver Warbucks.
The magnificent banquet in the INEC saw almost 1,100 people seated with Thurles lady Mary Butler, Secretary of the Association of Irish Musical Societies playing a central role.
Now that the 2014 awards have been announced, attention switches immediately to 2015 and the challenge of deciding on a show, director etc and making all the preparations for the commencement of rehearsals, auditions and the securing of rights.
Most societies take a break during the summers months but many undertake autumn projects to help balance the books in advance of their show season.