Aims nominations for nenagh choral society
Nenagh Choral Society has been nominated in the Association of Irish Musical Societies (AIMS) Awards in no less than three categories for their endeavours during the 2014/2015 season.
This was a very busy year for all involved. They staged ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ in October 2014, ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ in March 2015 and also reopened the Scouts Hall. These are national awards and it is a great achievement to have received nominations for ‘Best Female Singer’, ‘Best House Management’ and ‘Spirit of AIMS’. As is usual, the annual awards ceremony will take place in the Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney on Saturday June 13th.
Nenagh Choral Society was nominated for ‘Best Female Singer’, Roisín Heenan, for the part of Christine in 'The Phantom of the Opera'. Roisín, 18, is currently sitting the Leaving Cert at Ursuline Thurles. She first appeared on stage with Nenagh Choral Society as Cosette in Les Misérables in 2011 and she has been a very active and valued member ever since!
Úna Collins, Betty Keith and all who work front of house tirelessly every year are deservedly nominated for ‘Best House Management’. Having spent years in various venues around the town, it was with great pleasure that they have finally settled in back ‘home’ in the Scouts Hall. The modern extension to the hall affords greater comfort for customers and allows the society to make the night into much more of a theatrical experience according to AIMS adjudicator John Graydon. The addition of the shop and coffee bar has also added greatly to patrons’ experience at a NCS production.
The nomination for ‘Spirit of AIMS’ award, or Adjudicators Special award, is for the society's determination in re-opening their spiritual home, the Scouts Hall. Blood, sweat and tears were shed, such was the determination of the society to reopen the Scouts Hall, and that hard work has paid off now that NCS and the people of Nenagh have a big, modern theatre space for musicals, concerts, dances and everything in between!
Society chairman Ger McCarthy said: “This is a huge honour for Nenagh Choral Society and we are delighted that the hard work we put into everything we do is being recognised”. Congratulations to all in the society for this national recognition that is well deserved. 24 members of the society will head to the Gleneagle on Saturday for the awards ceremony that night and, as they say in showbiz, ‘break a leg to all’!
In other news, Nenagh Choral Society have announced that the Youth Academy production for October 2015 will be ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’. The youth academy is open to boys and girls between the ages of 13 and 18 and they are looking for as many people as possible to take part and lift the roof off the Scouts Hall this autumn! For more information go along to an open information evening on Thursday June 25th at 7.30pm in the Scouts Hall.