By Michelle Crean
A night of musical theatre with the best of local talent is planned in Killarney next week as Killarney Musical Society (KMS) brings ‘The Sound Of Music’ to the INEC stage.
Currently the cast are in the throes of final preparations for their 34th production, which takes place from Tuesday, February 26 to Thursday, February 28, inclusive.
The 1965 American musical drama, which includes popular songs such as ‘Do-Re-Mi’ and ‘Edelweiss’,tells the story of Maria, who takes a job as governess to a large family while she decides whether to become a nun.
“It is one of those musicals that we all grew up with, know and love,” Orna Clearly O’Shea from KMS told the Killarney Advertiser this week.
“She falls in love with the children and their widowed father, Captain von Trapp, who is ordered to accept a commission in the German navy, but he opposes the Nazis. He and Maria decide to flee from Austria with the children. And so unfolds the beautiful Von Trapp love story that is ‘The Sound Of Music’.”
Killarney Musical Society began their journey last September with a launch night, auditions followed, cast announcements made and rehearsals have been ongoing since October 2018.
The role of Maria will be played by talented Killarney girl Siobháin Bustin who first joined the society in 2008.
“This is Siobháin’s ninth show with KMS. She is thrilled to be playing the ‘dream role’ of Maria, which just so happens to be a role she dreamt of playing since she was a little girl.”
Captain Von Trapp is being played by Derek O’Leary, a long serving member of KMS – this being his 28 consecutive show with the society, she added.
Brid Mills, who joined the Society in 2012, takes on the role of the Mother Abbess, a warm, maternal yet authoritativeperson.
“This is Brid’s fifth show with KMS. She feels honoured and delighted to be chosen to play the role, and is thrilled to get the opportunity to share the stage with her daughter Gracie, along with her husband who are both treading the boards with KMS for the first time.”
There are many supporting roles in this musical being played by Judy Rezin, Claire Sheehan, Brónagh Murphy, Harriet McGuigan, Pádraig Creedon, Des Furlong, Peter Cook, Conor O’Leary, Chris Mills, Orlaith Monks, Sarah O’Sullivan and Orna Cleary O’Shea.
“The Society are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with and include children in this year’s production. It’s not possible to select a musical that includes children regularly due to availability restrictions from rights holders, so when the society got the chance to secure the rights of ‘The Sound Of Music’ almost 12 months ago, they grabbed it.”
The Von Trapp family members are played by Lillie Foley and Sarah Trant, Brayden Slattery, Jack McCrohan, Saoirse O’Sullivan, Leana Hofman, Denis Moroney, Colm O’Brien, Clodagh O’Sullivan, Aoife O’Callaghan, Emily O’Shea, Lucy McCarthy, Caoimhe Murray, Féile O’Sullivan and Jonathan O’Keeffe.
She added that the society are delighted to welcome Peter Kennedy as new Director/Choreographer to Killarney this year and the society have the pleasure of working with Musical Director, Mr Noël Lennon once again.
As with any organisation there are always those people who beaver away behind the scenes, she added.
“Thankfully each and everyone involved in these areas of Killarney Musical Society do so without hesitation year in year out, and so for that the Society are forever grateful. As an amateur society KMS depend on their audiences, patrons and sponsors to keep the ‘boat afloat’ from year-to-year, and are deeply indebted and thankful to you all for your unending support. A special word of thanks to our main sponsor this year, Independent Irish Health Foods Ltd. So now you know what you need to do, get your tickets,” she said.
Pharmacy jabs begin today
By Michelle Crean Pharmacists across Kerry – including four in Killarney – are ready to begin giving the Johnson and Johnson Janssen jabs to the over 50s as the latest stage of the vaccine rollout. Kennellys Pharmacy at The Reeks Gateway, Park Road Care Plus on Countess Road, Boots Deerpark Shopping Centre, and Sheahans Pharmacy […]
By Michelle Crean
Pharmacists across Kerry – including four in Killarney – are ready to begin giving the Johnson and Johnson Janssen jabs to the over 50s as the latest stage of the vaccine rollout.
Kennellys Pharmacy at The Reeks Gateway, Park Road Care Plus on Countess Road, Boots Deerpark Shopping Centre, and Sheahans Pharmacy on Main Street will be booking people in groups as each vile lasts just a number hours once opened.
Staff at Kennellys Pharmacy at The Reeks are ready to welcome in their first vaccine participants today (Friday). Each had pre-booked their slot, according to Dispensary Manager Christina O’Grady.
“We are starting today for the over 50s only with the Janssen Johnson and Johnson one dose jab,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.
She said that they have been busy in the pharmacy all week booking people in, however for now, depending on demand and supply available, they’ll be vaccinating people two days a week.
“We’re taking a list of people. It’ll probably be only two mornings a week – it all depends on the uptake.”
Pharmacist Finbarr Kennelly said it’s a great way to give a vaccine to those who may have missed theirs.
“It’s an opportunity for the over 50s who have missed their vaccine for whatever reason. The advantage is that it’s a one shot vaccine.”
Anyone who’d like to book in for their vaccine can call Kennellys on 064 6639427.
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€500k to help re-start Killarney’s live music scene
By Sean Moriarty A number of Killarney venues were elated this week to learn that funding to the tune of €500k has been announced to help re-start the town’s live music scene. Of the €1,001,944 in funding announced this week for the county Killarney is to receive over half with funds to assist the Gleneagle […]
By Sean Moriarty
A number of Killarney venues were elated this week to learn that funding to the tune of €500k has been announced to help re-start the town’s live music scene.
Of the €1,001,944 in funding announced this week for the county Killarney is to receive over half with funds to assist the Gleneagle Hotel Killarney/INEC Arena, Celtic Steps The Show, Scott’s Hotel, and Courtney’s Bar.
The funding, announced by Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley on Tuesday, is in place to assist commercial venues, producers and promoters in Kerry to plan live events over the summer months.
The scheme, managed by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media will support live performances, particularly where capacity for live attendance is restricted due to COVID-19.
The funding will make live performances viable or alternatively make them available online if audiences cannot attend due to restrictions.
“I welcome this funding which will provide an enormous boost to the live entertainment industry in Kerry,” Minister Foley said.
“This money will help to facilitate the delivery of exciting programmes of activities over the coming summer and autumn period. This funding will also provide a vital lift to those talented performers, artists, technicians, creative and performance support staff across the sector, who have not been able to work due to the pandemic.”
Four venues and promoters in Killarney will receive a total of €560,646 in grant aid to help re-start the live music and performing arts industries in the town after months of lockdown.
The Gleneagle Hotel Killarney/INEC Arena will receive €380,822 for live music shows and for the pre-recording of live material from acts of the future.
“We are delighted with this week’s announcement on funding,” Mark Egan, Director of the Gleneagle INEC Arena told the Killarney Advertiser. “We can now look ahead to implementing a programme of events that will provide employment for performers, artists, technicians and support staff many of whom have not had work for months. We have a fantastic, diverse programme in the pipeline and we can’t wait to get the various artists, crews and event suppliers back on site and back to the work we all love. We thank Minister Catherine Martin and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media for making this grant available.”
Celtic Steps The Show will receive €84,627 to allow it livestream performances from its Killarney Racecourse Theatre.
For Celtic Steps producer/director David Rae the funding presents more than just an opportunity to get the show back on the road. He will create 43 paid positions from dancers and musicians to sound and lighting engineers and even a COVID-19 Compliance Officer.
He is awaiting further guidance on permission to allow a limited audience attend a Celtic Steps performance but he hopes by early July to have a series of online performances up and running.
“This is what it is all about, getting these people back to work after so long being unemployed,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “I will need all of these people, from two days before I start to two days after, it is almost like building a festival from scratch and we can’t thank the minister and department enough for this chance.”
Scott’s Hotel will receive the same figure as Celtic Steps for live performances for tourists across the summer.
Courtney’s Bar on Plunkett St will receive €10,570 for a number of gigs that will feature local musicians.
“This is fantastic news,” manager Brian Murphy said. “We have been associated with live music in Killarney for a long time so we are delighted to get the funding and allow live music to continue.”
Like Celtic Steps, he is still waiting for confirmation on the format of the funded gigs.
“It is hard to see a bar gig with an audience going ahead but one of the stipulations of the grant is that if we cannot do a live gig under current guidelines, we have to do it online.”
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