Derry Rose set to star in Calamity Jane
Derry Rose Julianna Ayton will be centre stage in Letterkenny from February 26th to March 2nd when she joins the cast of Letterkenny Musical Society (LMS) for their production of the much-loved musical ‘Calamity Jane’ in An Grianán Theatre.
The talented young Campsie woman has proved to be a real find for the LMS, who were quick to cast her in the role of Calamity after a stunning audition last September.
Since then, the entire cast has been working every week on the forthcoming production that’s certain again to be a show stopping success.
Famed for their amazing shows, including stunning productions of Oliver and Annie in recent years, Letterkenny Musical Society (LMS) has again pulled out all the stops with this year’s much-loved classic.
Under the keen eye of Director Billy Patterson and Producer Noel O’Donnell, the energetic and talented bunch of singers, actors and comedians have put together a version of Calamity Jane that nobody will want to miss.
The versatile and accomplished singer and actor Giles Murray, who has had a number of starring roles with LMS over the years, plays Wild Bill Hickock, with Joe Harley taking on the role of Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin.
Although the stage show is similar in story to the well-known movie, there are many more musical and indeed visual treats in store for the audience, not least of which are the four can-can girls, who may well actually steal the show with their on-stage antics!
The much admired Adelaide Adams is gloriously portrayed by Nicola McBride, who played the lead role as Nancy in Oliver last year, while her maid Katie Brown, who causes much confusion and finds herself in the Golden Garter in Deadwood as Adelaide Adams, is played brilliantly by Ríana Lynch.
Of course that isn’t the only case of confused identity in the show, and Donal Kavanagh is simply superb as Saloon owner Henry Miller, first thrown into a frenzy by the arrival of Francis and not Frances Fryer (expertly played by Niall McDonagh), and then by the revelation that Katie Brown is not, in fact, who his customers thought she was.
His fears are eased though by his niece Susan, a role mastered with ease by newcomer Maire O’Donnell, who has demonstrated such talent in her first show with the group that she was also handed the demanding task of being Calamity’s understudy, too.
All of this is played out to the sounds of some of the most amazing musical harmonies you’re likely to hear in a stage show, harmonies once again creatively sewn together by musical director Gerard Bradley.
Throw in the humour and the vibrant dancing sensationally brought together by choreographer Maria Rushe and it’s easy to see that there’s a real treat in store in An Grianán Theatre next week.
Tickets for this must-see musical are available by contacting the box office at An Grianán 0035374 9120777 or online at angrianan.com
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