The award winning Claremorris Musical Society is in the final stages of rehearsals for its ninth annual production.
This year, the society presents the multiple Tony award winning and West End hit Sweet Charity, a musical comedy set in New York in the 1960s.
The musical is to be staged in the newly renovated Claremorris Town Hall from January 23 to 25.
The production comes on the back of a hugely successful 12 months for the Claremorris Musical Society, which has seen it collect two nominations and an award at AIMS, generally considered to be the Oscars of the Irish music and drama scene.
The group also met President Michael D Higgins in Áras an Uachtairáin and won a Mayo People of the Year Award for its dedication to arts in the community.
Sweet Charity is described as a tender, poignant, and consistently funny show which follows the adventures - or misadventures - in the ways of love encountered by the sweet but gullible dancer, Charity Hope Valentine (played by Vivienne Lee ).
A true romantic at heart, Charity’s fellow dancers Nickie, Helene, Carmen, and Betsy (played by Karen Ronane, Mary Henry, Kate Hughes and Angela Prenty ) and Boss Herman (Liam Newman ), try to advise her and promise ‘There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This’. Following a memorable evening with movie star Vittorio Vidal (Michael Goulding ), Charity finally finds love with the quirky Oscar Lindquist (Richie Heneghan ) and it appears that all of her dreams have come true, but all is not as it seems.
The show is peppered with lively dance routines and familiar show stopping numbers including ‘Big Spender’, ‘There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This’, ‘If My Friends Could See Me Now’, and the rousing ‘Rhythm of Life’, featuring Daddy Brubeck (Paul O’Brien ).
The cast, crew and chorus have worked exceptionally hard since last September, under director Hazel McGlynn, producer June Allison-Keane, and musical director Deirdre Lee, to make this show one to remember.
Claremorris Musical Society expressed its thanks to its sponsors and advertisers for their continued support
The show runs nightly from January 23 to 25 at 8pm.
Tickets cost €15/€10 and are available now from the Curam Centre or The Dalton Inn, Claremorris. Alternatively, contact June on (087 ) 6332169.