St. Mary’s Secondary School Ballina proudly presents their 31st annual musical production,“The Phantom of the Paris Opera”, from Tuesday 22nd to Friday 25th October at 8pm in the school assembly hall.
The musical based on Gaston Leroux’s original 1909 novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra and various film and stage adaptations since, has been lovingly and lyrically adapted by talented director, Peter McLoughlin.
Playing the leading roles are transition year girls, Christine Dyee (Aoife Kilcullen), Signora Maria Caruso, (Katie O Malley), Signor Benito (Penny West), Monsieur’s Firmin and Andre (Grainne Downes and Roisín Burke), Viscount Raoul de Anjou (Lily Finlay), Count Raoul De Anjou, (Lily Finlay), Viscount Marc de Anjou (Tara Gilmartin), Marguerite ( Lisa Dolan).
Henri Laurent “The Phantom” is played with skill and pathos by scriptwriter and director, Peter McLoughlin.
Musical director is Regina Deacy, assisted by Ursula Holian. Choreographer is Annette Leonard, and producer, Angela Donoghue.
The Paris Opera House is gloriously reproduced by talented Art teacher, Renée Cronin, and her students. The fabulous fashions of the 19th century comes alive on stage due to the craft and needlework of Home Economics teachers, Marie Clarke, Tricia Clarke and Regina Judge.
Of course, the stars of the show are the wonderful Transition Year girls, accompanied in the choir stalls by our Second Year Choir and in the pit by the 5th Year music students.
The support and assistance of the Parents Council ensures that the Transition Year Troubadours of 2013 will have a well organised and well ushered auditorium in which to thrill all you patrons.
Bookings can be made by calling the school on 087-1850722.
This year St Mary’s will donate the proceeds from the opening night show to St Muredach’s Cathedral Restoration Fund. Patrons can contact St Muredach’s Fundraising Committee or the Parish Office 096-70555 for tickets for this worthy cause.
Pictured above: Members of the cast of Ballina’s St Mary’s Secondary production of the musical “Phantom of the Paris Opera” which takes place in the convent hall. With Peter McLoughlin as the Phantom, members of cast include, Penny West, Grainne Downes, Katie O’Malley, Lily Finley, Aoife Kilcullen, Sophie Dodd, Kate-Leigh Farrell, Roisin Bourke. Photo: Henry Wills