Aladdin a resounding success
Holy Family’s Aladdin a Great Success
Holy Family N.S. took to the boards last Wednesday and Thursday night and produced an amazing show to packed houses on each night with their Musical version of Aladdin. The musical adapted for the school by principal Conor Carney revealed a depth of acting singing and dancing talent that will long live in the memory of the audience who thoroughly enjoyed the two hour spectacle performance.
The array of talent was carefully choreographed so that singing acting and dancing complemented each other and the show moved to its conclusion with great colour pace and sound. The chorus sang beautifully and gave a great account of themselves as they hit every note perfectly. The dancers excelled themselves as they tapped skipped and in perfect timing swung each other through the night. The show was punctuated by their powerful energy. At regular intervals during the acts ,they brought the show to new levels, injecting the theatre atmosphere with energy vivacity and pure joy. The infection was contagious. Like wildfire their exuberance brought the audience to life bringing thunderous applause and roars of approval from everyone.
The acting was wonderful. Veteran of musicals with the Ballyshannon Musical society , Andrea Mc Glynn gave a scintillating performance as Aladdin. Her verve and energy was a joy to behold. In her first role as a major character, princess Jasmin played by Grace Mc Caffrey thrilled the audience with her wonderful characterization of the put- upon royal trying to escape the confines of her stuffy palace. Grace is the name and Grace is the style of this exceptional actress who has a singing voice that will continue to mesmerise audiences in the future. Abenazar played by Azis Hall was superb as the evil magician seeking the magic lamp and the power of the Genii. Ably assisted by the experiencd Ciaran Gallagher and accompanied by excellent first time performers Niall Monaghan and Matthew mc Donald, the audience was convinced that they were terrible crooks , though at times their antics had them falling about the theatre laughing. Yu Yu played by Dearbhla Mc Guckin and Mrs Bo Li Played by Courtney gave great entertainment as they went at each other each night in their dispute over laundry. Dearbhla brought the house down ( and Courtney with it) when she lost the stick from the bun in her head on the first night. Ava Jordan Caoimhe Keon and Amy Gallagher gave truly professional performances as the servants and confidantes of the princess and showed great promise for the future. The king and Queen were exceptional in their parts. Jack Mc Sherry and Lauren Melly acted like they were born to do so as they both electrified the audience with their great sense of the comic. Playing the parts of revolutionaries, best friends Katie Slevin and Rionach Sheerin were fantastic as the two would be state terrorists. They gave sterling performances as they lifted the chorus and the other players with their energetic playing.
One of the great show stealing performances came from Roisin Gallagher. Coming from a family steeped in Ballyshannon Musicals,Róisín, playing the part of Fatima Twankey, showed the great depth of her acting talent as she commanded her part and the stage each time she came on. If Roisín excelled then the two Geniis played by Caoilfhinn Mc Gee and Sarah Drummond were magnificent. Playing their parts to the full both actresses got everything out of their respective parts lighting up the second act with their antics. Constantly bickering, their intelligent and perceptive understanding of their roles, gave us one of the highlights of the whole show.
The street sellers Ruth Mc Nulty , Melissa Mc Gowan, Sophie Mc Kinney and Nadine Cleary did great work with their parts and produced great characterizations. The guards led by the excellent Jack Brosnan got the most out of their scenes producing great comic moments with their keystone cop routines.; Cian Rooney Frankie Mc Ginley , Mark Mc Glynn Colm Mc Gloin and Daniel Dolan were just great. Elly Mc Cauley Erin O Loughlin,Cliodhna Doyle, Rowan Cooper played their parts like veterans of the stage full of energy and animation. It was great to see Eoin Rooney ringing the bell to the delight of the audience.
Stage crew including Reeon Rooney, Philip Cassidy, Conor Gethins, Neil Mc Carthy were vigilant and speedy in their work never missing a cue or a clearance. On Sound Adam Rami gave a concentrated totally focused performance in his vital link position as sis the cool Tiernan Dolan on Lights and set changes.
Great credit is due to the parents of the children who dressed their children to perfection finding silks and satins from every corner to give the show an authentic Chinese feel. Siobhan Frances Orla and Chrsitine were to the fore in the costume department. Indeed Orla Mc Glynn branched out, succeeded becoming photographer for the event at times as well as doing costume.. Thanks also to Brian Drummond and Thomas Gallagher for their photographs.