Arts Column with Conor Malone

Arts Column with Conor Malone
This Weeks Highlights

This Weeks Highlights

Tonight is the last of a three night run for Butt Drama Circle’s Parlour Song at The Balor, Ballybofey. It’s also the last night for the Elvis inspired musical All Shook Up at The Millennium Forum. The Rising can be seen at An Grianan and Seven Brides For Seven Brothers continues at The Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon until Saturday.

In Derry on Friday, the ever popular Voice Of Ireland Tommy Fleming is at The Millennium Forum while folk and ballad act The Kilkennys are at The Playhouse.

Saturday sees heat four of the Highland radio talent contest The Audition at An Grianan, Letterkenny, The Carmel McCafferty School of Drama perform Tennessee Williams A Streetcar Named Desire at The Playhouse, Derry and comedian Brendan Grace is at the Millennium Forum.

Staying with The Forum, Tyrone singer Dominic Kirwan is there on Sunday 2nd while Decadent Theatre Company perform A Skull In Connemara there on Monday 3rd. Letterkenny Music & Drama Society open a 5 night run of Guys & Dolls at An Grianan, Letterkenny on Tuesday 4th.

Guys & Dolls

March traditionally brings an offering from Letterkenny Musical Society to An Grianan Theatre and this year is no exception. The hustle and bustle of New York City is recreated in the pantomime of never-ceasing activity that is Guys And Dolls.

Drawing characters and plot elements from the writings of Damon Runyan, Guys and Dolls tells a tale of the various characters that inhabit the New York underworld of the ‘20’s and ‘30’s. There are gangsters and gamblers, the cops that are trying to catch them and the Salvation Army stalwarts that are trying to save them, all set to the wonderful musical score of Frank Loesser with a host of well known standards including Luck Be A Lady and Sit Down, You’re Rocking The Boat.

Originally a 1950 Broadway musical with over 1200 performances and the 1951 Tony award for best musical to its credit, Guys and Dolls has enjoyed several Broadway and West End revivals and also a film incarnation starring Marlon Brando.

Directed by Billy Patterson with choreography by Maria Rushe and the musical direction of Gerard Bradley, this much anticipated production looks set to be another triumph for the Letterkenny Musical society. Guys And Dolls opens next Tuesday March 4th and runs nightly til Saturday March 8th, all shows at 8pm. It’s €10 a ticket on the opening night, €15 thereafter and you can book at An Grianan (074 912 0777) or online at www.angrianan.com

Seven Brides 
For Seven Brothers

Already underway at The Abbey Centre Ballyshannon is another popular musical – Seven Brides For Seven Brothers.

The story will be familiar to many from the the film. It’s part love story, part feminine wiles overcoming Neanderthal male chauvinism. Adam and Milly marry and return to Adam’s home in the mountains where Milly finds another six brothers that she’s meant to do the cooking for.

and cleaning for. Obviously this isn’t on Milly’s agenda, so she teaches them some manners and social mores and, more importantly, a few hipster dance moves, and takes them off to the nearest barn dance to find them all wives to take them off her hands. Needless to say, the plan works a treat and all seven wives and seven brothers live happily ever after.

Performed by the Ballyshannon Musical Society – another group with a solid tradition of quality entertainment – Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is packed with music and dance numbers. It opened on Tuesday and continues through to Saturday night. Tonight ‘s show is €15 admission, €10 concession while Friday and Saturday nights, all tickets are €15 . Booking on 071 985 1375.

High School Musical

And while we’re on the subject of musicals, also in the offing is High School Musical from the students of St Columba’s College, Stranorlar.

Originally a Disney TV movie, it subsequently morphed into a smash hit stage musical. There’s more than a hint of Romeo and Juliet about the storyline. Troy Bolton and Gabriella Montez come from two different worlds. He’s a sports jock basketball God and she’s a sort of a geeky Einstein type but they meet and click one New Year’s Eve.

Their respective friends don’t approve and try to keep them apart. When they audition for their school’s production of Romeo and Juliet, all hell breaks loose as their respective social cliques try to take them down before they can land the lead roles.

This will be the third year that St Columba’s College have taken their annual school musical to The Balor. Each year has been a really impressive standard of production not to mention a sell-out, so early booking is advised.

St Columba’s College present High School Musical from Tuesday, March 11 to Saturday, March 15 at 8pm nightly at The Balor, Ballybofey. Tickets are priced €12 for adults, €6 for students and are available from the Balor Box Office on 074 913 1840 or online at www.balorartscentre.com.