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An Grianán Youth Theatre – Halloween Part 2

On Saturday 29 October four of our youth theatre members travelled to Arnold’s Hotel in Dunfanaghy with tutor Nora Kavanagh to provide an afternoon of Halloween entertainment.

A big thank you to Angel Humm, Sarah Masterson, Adam Boyle and Kai McHugh who kindly donated their performance fee to An Grianán Youth Theatre.

An Grianán Youth Theatre's Angel Humm

An Grianán Youth Theatre’s Angel Humm

An Grianán Youth Theatre's Sarah Masterson and Kai McHugh at Arnold's in Dunfanaghy for Halloween.

Sarah Masterson and Kai McHugh

An Grianan Youth Theatre's tutor Nora Kavanagh.

An Grianan Youth Theatre’s tutor Nora Kavanagh.

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Assorted Horrors – An Grianán Youth Theatre Halloween performances Part 1

On Friday 28 October members of An Grianán Youth Theatre presented some spooky pre-show entertainment as part of an evening of Gothic themed drama and music which included the feature event Female Gothic from Dyad Productions.

Members of An Grianán Youth Theatre who took part in Halloween Gothic at An Grianán Theatre on Fri 28 Oct 2016

Members of An Grianán Youth Theatre who took part in Halloween Gothic at An Grianán Theatre on Fri 28 Oct 2016

The evening featured a recital of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Conqueror Worm by Jasper Kardos and Micaiah O’Muireadhaigh. Adam Boyle and Sarah Masterson performed another Poe classic Annabel Lee. Laramie Carey presented a solo performance of Emily Dickenson’s I Felt a Funeral, In My Brain. Oscar Murtagh and Fergal Lonergan performed The Creature’s Speech from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The performances were directed by youth theatre facilitator Nora Kavanagh.

The Donegal Chamber Orchestra performing haunting music for Halloween at An Grianán Theatre on Fri 28 Oct 2016.

The Donegal Chamber Orchestra performing haunting music for Halloween at An Grianán Theatre on Fri 28 Oct 2016.

The youth theatre ensemble also performed as an assortment of druids, ghouls and zombies.

The Donegal Chamber Orchestra performed a wonderful selection of music including Assorted Horrors by Derek Ball, Grieg’s Aase’s Death from Peer Gynt and the truly spine tingling theme from Hitchcock’s Psycho by Bernard Hermann. A huge thank you to Victor Yélamo for the excellent choice of music.

An anonymous member of An Grianán Youth Theatre who took part in Halloween Gothic at An Grianán Theatre on Fri 28 Oct 2016

An anonymous member of An Grianán Youth Theatre who took part in Halloween Gothic at An Grianán Theatre on Fri 28 Oct 2016

An Grianán Youth Theatre member Jasper Kardos recites Edgar Allan Poe's The Conqueror Worm at An Grianán Theatre on Fri 28 Oct 2016.

An Grianán Youth Theatre member Jasper Kardos recites Edgar Allan Poe’s The Conqueror Worm at An Grianán Theatre on Fri 28 Oct 2016.

An Grianán Youth Theatre member Laramie Carey recites Emily Dickinson's I Felt A Funeral, In My Brain at An Grianán Theatre on Fri 28 Oct 2016.

An Grianán Youth Theatre member Laramie Carey recites Emily Dickinson’s I Felt A Funeral, In My Brain at An Grianán Theatre on Fri 28 Oct 2016.

An Grianán Youth Theatre member Ultan Farrell performing in Halloween Gothic at An Grianán Theatre on Fri 28 Oct 2016.

An Grianán Youth Theatre member Ultan Farrell performing in Halloween Gothic at An Grianán Theatre on Fri 28 Oct 2016.

The Donegal Chamber Orchestra performing haunting music for Halloween at An Grianán Theatre on Fri 28 Oct 2016.

The Donegal Chamber Orchestra performing haunting music for Halloween at An Grianán Theatre on Fri 28 Oct 2016.

An Grianán Youth Theatre members Angel Humm and Laramie Carey who performed at An Grianán Theatre on Fri 28 Oct 2016 in Halloween Gothic.

An Grianán Youth Theatre members Angel Humm and Laramie Carey who performed at An Grianán Theatre on Fri 28 Oct 2016 in Halloween Gothic.

An Grianán Youth Theatre members Jasper Kardos and Micaiah O'Muireadhaigh recites Edgar Allan Poe's The Conqueror Worm at An Grianán Theatre on Fri 28 Oct 2016.

An Grianán Youth Theatre members Jasper Kardos and Micaiah O’Muireadhaigh recites Edgar Allan Poe’s The Conqueror Worm at An Grianán Theatre on Fri 28 Oct 2016.

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Environment the Musical on RTE tonight.

Last May children from our youth theatre programme presented a new production of Annette McNelis’ litter awareness show Environment the Musical. Tonight RTE1’s Nationwide will present a special report on the show:

ENVIRONMENT THE MUSICAL/REPORT BRIAN MCVEIGH
“We all share responsibility for protecting our environment, be it in the home recycling or by keeping our streets litter free. All over the country teams of volunteers in Tidy Town groups have the unenviable task of picking up other people’s litter. In Donegal the environmental cleanup is hitting all the right notes and it’s down to one lady who has come up with a novel idea to get litter in the bin. Mary Harte joined the young people of the “Mean, Green, Anti-Litter Machine”.

It will be broadcast at 7pm on RTE 1 and will also be available online on the RTE Player.

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Environment The Musical – rehearsals photos

Our cast has been working hard rehearsing for our production of Environment the Musical and here are a few snapshots of their first dress rehearsal. Our technicians are still building the set so the stage is looking a little bare here. But the show is coming together very nicely and we are looking forward to our first schools performance on Wed 20 May. Performed by children for children, Environment the Musical is a fun and informative show about looking after your local environment.

First dress rehearsal for Environment the Musical May 2015. Photo by Anne Marie Kilfeather.

First dress rehearsal for Environment the Musical May 2015. Photo by Anne Marie Kilfeather.

Our cast of 35 is drawn from our children’s drama class and bolstered by some of our youth theatre regulars. Since the beginning of the year we have been holding rehearsals twice a week under the direction of our drama tutor Nora Kavanagh who is also directing the show.

First dress rehearsal for Environment the Musical May 2015. Photo by Anne Marie Kilfeather.

First dress rehearsal for Environment the Musical May 2015. Photo by Anne Marie Kilfeather.

Originally produced as a teachers’ resource for in-school practice by local teacher and facilitator Annette McNelis, we have adapted the show for the stage thanks to the hard work of director Nora Kavanagh and musical director Trudy O’Donnell.

First dress rehearsal for Environment the Musical May 2015. Photo by Anne Marie Kilfeather.

First dress rehearsal for Environment the Musical May 2015. Photo by Anne Marie Kilfeather.

Environment the Musical complements the fabulous work of Green-Schools in Ireland. It is ideal for children aged between 6 and 11 and the story conveys the importance of looking after your environment and your community.

It also reinforces the messages of “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle”.

The aim of the musical was to come up with catchy melodies and lyrics that would convey clear messages which everyone might easily understand. Although written with children in mind, the aim was to create songs that would entertain young and old alike.

First dress rehearsal for Environment the Musical May 2015. Photo by Anne Marie Kilfeather.

First dress rehearsal for Environment the Musical May 2015. Photo by Anne Marie Kilfeather.

This production has been kindly supported by the following: Alcorns Garden Centre, An Taisce (local branch), Brownes Printers, David Donnelly – Letterkenny Town Gardener, Donegal County Council, Ferry’s Refuse, Glenard Plant, Letterkenny Tidy Towns and Lurgybrack Open Farm.

School performance dates and times are:
Wed 20th May – 10 am and 12 noon
Thur 21st May – 10 am and 12 noon
Public show dates are:
Sat 23rd May at 11 am and 1 pm

Call the box office on 0749120777 for further information or to book tickets.

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Cast

Adam Hadi
Oscar Murtagh
Leah Smith
Ciara Chernick
Alicia Miranda
Adam Boyle
Jack Gallagher
Sean Kenny
Mark Connolly
Jack Brady
Kira Mills
Niamh Lyster
Ciaran Doyle
Adam Grady
Amelie Gavin Mc Ivor
Sinead O’Doherty
Meave Foley
Madeline Edmonds
Lee Kardos
Sarah Gallagher
Niamh Wilkin
Erinn Sweeney
Anu  NicRuairi
Beatrice Miranda
Vieka Boyle
Chloe Diver
Iga Blaszyk
Sarah Cannon
Anastazja Kimel
Sindhuija Shankar
Rachel coyle
Angelique Mourier
Isabell Miranda

Special guest stars: Captain Environment and Lord Litter

Written by Annette McNelis

Director/Choreography: Nora Kavanagh

Musical Director: Trudy O’Donnell

Production Manager: Peter Rose

Set Construction: Peter Rose, Eoghan Mac Ghiolla Bhride

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Drama Classes for Children at An Grianán Theatre

Our next drama course for children starts on Saturday 26 April and is now open for booking.

Our classes are suitable for children 7 to 13 years old and beginners are always welcome! At An Grianán Theatre our emphasis is firmly on creative play. Our classes feature an inventive and fun mix of drama games and exercises, voice work, movement and basic stage craft. Children are encourage to improvise and creatively engage with the material provided by our tutor Nora Kavanagh.

The course will run for 10 weeks every Saturday until the end of June. You can book over the phone by calling us on 074 912 0777 or book online here.

Our current  drama course reaches its conclusion this Sat 12 April. We are holding an open house starting with a viewed  rehearsal of the Grimm fairytale Fearless John on stage with the 7 to 9 year old group.  From 11.15am the 10 to 13 year old class will perform rehearsed readings of short plays on the stage and in the upper and lower foyers.  Events in the auditorium will finish no later than 1pm to allow the stage to be prepared for our  evening show by Ruby Wax.

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