Four musical societies from County Tipperary have been nominated for various awards in the Association of Irish Musical Societies (AIMS) scheme, results of which will be announced at a Gala Banquet in Killarney on Saturday June 18th.
Tipperary, Roscrea, Thurles and Carrick-on-Suir were all included in the nominations which were revealed at the New Ross Choral Festival on Sunday - over ninety shows were viewed by the adjudicators throughout the country during the musical theatre season.
Topping the Tipperary list is Carrick-on-Suir with four nominations for Sister Act - Best Ensemble, Best Chorus and Best Comedienne (Irene Malone as Dolores). There is also a nomination for Ger Dunphy in the Unsung Hero category for Carrick.
Next up is Roscrea with two nominations for Addams Family - Mary Rose McNally for Best Musical Director, and Paul Spenser for Best Actor as Gomez.
Thurles and Tipperary, both of whom staged Evita, have one nomination each with Thurles' Tommy Sweeney down for the Best Stage Management, and Tipperary's Derek Ryan nominated in the Best Male Singer category as Colonel Peron.
This season's list of most popular shows confirms the current trend for new, movie-based, comic stage shows. This season alone there were nine productions of The Addams Family, six productions of Legally Blonde and five productions each of Sister Act, Evita and 9 to 5 The Musical.
These popular shows have been packing in the houses throughout the country and in County Tipperary, Thurles and Tipperary town staged Evita, Roscrea staged The Addams Family, Carrick-on-Suir staged Sister Act and St Mary's Clonmel and Nenagh Choral , all staged shows to great acclaim.
There was a large Tipperary contingent from the societies in New Ross at the annual choral festival on Sunday which proved to be an outstanding success again.