The disappointing attendances of 2013 were a thing of the past as normal service was resumed for the five performances of Cashel Pantomime Society’s 2014 production Jack and the Beanstalk in Halla na Féile.
Queries on attendances from those in the know were answered with one word ‘Jammers” and the show really justified that level of support.
This was a pantomime with a difference, very little of the parody from yesteryear,instead we got a slick glitzy show with spectacular lighting effects, smoke, more smoke, a story line that’s as old as time but adapted to suit today’s tastes. The cast and chorus made up mainly of teenagers with little or no stage experience, a few young handers who have been round the block before and the genial ‘Go Compare Man’ in the cameo roll who has seen it all before. His inclusion really drove up the average age profile which ranged from five to seventy five years. In the case of the chorus what they may have lacked in finesse they made up for with endeavour and enthusiasm, the leads acquited themselves well and are all fine singers to boot. Jack’s (Cathal Minogue) rendition of ‘Someone to Love’ comes in for special mention, Freddie would have approved. The show was directed by Maria O’Shaughnessey, Musical Director James McGrath, Choreography by Leah Skelly.
Spafield Family Resource Centre
Starting in February a six week craft / textiles and sewing skills course for two hours one morning a week. Cost: €50 person.
For further information or to book a place contact Fiona in the centre on 062/63622. More Cashel news on page 30.
Fr Mathew Players
Fr Mathew Players will stage their production “The Shaughraun” on the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th of February, at 8pm. Tickets are available from Purcells shop, New Inn, Friary Pharmacy, Cashel or Eileen Hally on (087) 6334381/(052) 7462353. Your support would be greatly appreciated! This adaptation of the original includes music, song and dance as befitting the time, and interpretation of the play.