Ballinrobe Musical Society ‘working 9 to 5’

Posted in Connect on October 25, 2016.


BALLINROBE Musical Society is bringing Dolly Parton west for the first time as they get set to stage ‘9 to 5: the Musical’.

The award winning society is pouring itself a ‘cup of ambition’ by bringing the musical to the Connacht region for the first time for their 2017 production. 

The musical, based on the 1980 movie of the same name, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, will be staged from February 19 to 25, 2017.

Speaking at the show’s launch last week, society chairman Des Treacy said 2017 will be a ‘very exciting year’ with another comedy for audiences. 

“It’s going to be very entertaining for audiences. It’s a hybrid of the last two shows we have done, which audiences loved. It has really catchy music that really grows on you,” said Mr Treacy.

The chairman thanked society sponsors in advance of next year’s show and said without their continued support it would not be possible.

Director, Colin Hughes is taking the reins for his first time with the society and is joined by Musical Director Finola Higgins and Choregrapher, Aoife McCLafferty.

Hughes, who hails from Tullamore, and is no stranger to the musical circuit told those in attendance that he was very honoured to be apart of the production and said the show would be ‘an absolute feast’ for audiences.

“I’m laughing already, and that’s a good sign. There’s 27 scene changes so it’s a fast moving show,” noted the director.

“With two rehearsals already under our belts, the chorus, as always, have come with enthusiasm and are ready to work hard, while having fun at the same time. 

Our audition process was an incredible experience for the production team and many parts could have been cast twice with the high level of talent,” said Musical Director Finola Higgins. 

The show sees three females pushed to the boiling point and concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical bigot Franklin Hart (Niall Conway). In a hilarious turn of events, Violet (Suzanne Garvey), Judy (Heather Doyle) and Doralee (Angela Staunton) live out their wildest fantasy – giving their boss the boot, all set against the toe tapping sounds of Dolly Parton and big musical scores.

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