D’Opera, the illustrated story of Roscrea Operatic Musical Society, is now on sale in local bookshops retailing at E20.
The ambitiously-named Roscrea Operatic Society was founded in 1940. Way back then The Pirates of Penzance got the society off to a great start. That first show had the benefit of having as producer a Gilbert and Sullivan enthusiast by the name of JJ McCann, a Custom and Excise officer then living in the town. He went on to produce the shows over the next two years as well, two other Gilbert and Sullivan works - The Mikado and Patience. The drama format chosen for the entire structure and layout of the publication is well devised. On the front of the red textured cover, intimating closed curtains, the cover of the programme of the first show of 1940 is presented in miniature (price 2p). On the back cover a miniature of the programme for the 2003 show is presented (price E3). The drama format of the whole body of the book divides the society’s life into three acts, each act in turn being given titled scenes. Every musical that was performed over the 73 years gets its moment’s spotlight within the pages, through photos and text. Act One covers the early life of the society, with Scene One, covering the 1940s, getting the title “A Society is Born”, and Scene Two, the 1950s, getting the title “National Recognition”. Act Two takes us through the remaining decades of the 20th century, with a Scene covering each decade.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.