Some of Donegal’s most talented young performers turned in two spectacular performances last weekend when they took to the stage at An Grianán Theatre in Letterkenny for the Dynamic Waves annual Sing Stars Show.
And the audiences who attended Saturday’s two shows really were treated to a stunning show packed with colour, high-energy dancing and above all superb musical performances.
The show kicked off with a brilliant performance from young Taylor Sterritt and her backing dancers that set the scene for a truly memorable spectacle of theatre.
The multi-talented Molly Gallagher and Luke Browne had the audience thirsting for more with super solo performances and they were followed by some of the youngest Dynamic Waves students – Abbi McCracken, Amy Doherty and sisters Kiera, Aoife and Sarah Breslin who stole hearts with their adorable rendition of Justin Bieber’s ‘Baby.’
Raphoe girl Katie Porter is no stranger to the stage at An Grianán and throughout the show wowed the audience with powerful performances including a spine-tingling rendition of ‘I dreamed a dream’ from Les Miserables and an attitude-filled performance of ‘All that Jazz’ from Chicago.
In complete contrast the audience was treated to a beautifully cute performance from Oliver with a brilliant young group singing and dancing to ‘Consider Yourself’ led by Abbie McCracken and Jessica Keys.
And there really was no end to the talent on display, multi-award winning dancer Kieran Sheridan stepping up to show he can sing as well.
Talented musician and singer Niall Brennan and young singer and dancer Oisin Nee also wowed the audience with a string of appearances throughout the show that demonstrated their versatility and talent.
Indeed the same could be said for all the cast members who over and over again showed the strength of the performing arts academy at Dynamic Waves.
Little Amy-Beth McNulty was a prime example, demonstrating the kind of talent that has landed her a role this summer in the Sound of Music in London with a range of performances that included duets, group singing, dancing and a fantastic solo performance of ‘Naughty’ from the musical Matilda.
Ciaran Doyle making his Sing Stars debut is another star in the making, joining Taylor Sterritt in a duet performance of a Whole New World before joining the other lads from the show in a fantastic Lumineers number.
That was the case too for Kai McHugh, a youngster who showed his commitment to the show by turning up to rehearsals in his confirmation outfit! He had the audience at both shows rocking in the aisles with his lively version of ‘Wagon Wheel.’
Georgia Keys, Ellen Russell, Chloe Boreland, Niamh McGuinness, Sarah McCoy and Alison Dowling have all amazed audiences before with their superb singing and they didn’t disappoint on this occasion either with more excellent performances.
Appearing on stage as a dancer, singer and flautist, Shannagh Kelly was another who underlined the sheer talent that the Dynamic Waves students have in abundance and with the singers all backed by amazing award-winning dancers, Saturday’s show really was a theatrical treat of the highest quality.
Of course that was due in no small part to the fantastic preparation from dance teachers Jessica Peoples and Shannagh Kelly and music and vocals teacher Trudy O’Donnell who worked extremely hard with show Director Kelda Guzman to put together a top-class how fit for the county’s premier stage.
And they must have been thrilled with the feedback from the delighted audiences from both shows who agreed that this had indeed been simply stunning and of a quality that belied the tender years of those on stage.