Finian’s Rainbow opens tonight in Inver

Finian’s Rainbow opens tonight in Inver
Inver Drama Group’s annual musicals are always eagerly awaited: they are known for their top quality singing, dance, comedy and acting skills, not to mention great scenery and costumes.

Inver Drama Group’s annual musicals are always eagerly awaited: they are known for their top quality singing, dance, comedy and acting skills, not to mention great scenery and costumes.

So, there’s great excitement this week in advance of tonight’s opening of the family favourite - Finian’s Rainbow.

Everyone knows the 1968 film, Francis Ford Coppola and starring Fred Astaire and Petula Clark, based on the 1947 hit muscial by E. Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy.

It’s the very entertaining story of lovable rogue Finian McLonergan (DG stalwart Ronan Furey) who absconds from Ireland with a pot of gold, bringing his daughter Sharon (newcomer Rebecca O’Connor) in tow. His destination is Rainbow Valley in the mythical state of Missitucky, where he plansto bury his treasure in the mistaken belief that, given its proximity to Fort Knox, it will multiply.

Hot on his heels is the leprechaun Og, played with great wit and panache by Colm McGroarty, who isdesperate to recover his stolen crock before he turns human. Also involved in the ensuing shenanigans is Woody Mahoney(IDG veter an Ronan Furey) a ne’er-do-well dreamer who woos Sharon.

The rest of the characters and the chorus also acquit themselves exceptionally well, which comes as no surprise, given the expertise of director/producer Kay McAleavey and musical director Herta Kelly. Herta also helped with the choreography, along with Grainne Mulraney, while Karen Mulraney is proving to be an invaluable assistant director .

Curtain up at 8pm, Thursday to Sunday, in Inver Community Centre. Tickets €10 with concessions for families.

See photos in today’s Donegal Democrat.