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The Wiz

Recessionary gloom and doom was momentarily forgotten for three truly magical nights in the town hall theatre, Ballinasloe in November as the Ardscoil Mhuire TY musical “The Wiz” got underway.
The Garbally lad’s, like in previous years were asked to help out, so there was no complaints after being told to make our way  out to the Convent for the middle three classes. We were greeted by the play’s musical director Ms. Caroline Jackson and were seated in pairs with a selected song from the musical placed in front of us. After singing (or mumbling) for a good few minutes we were asked to sing in our pairs, with some much better than others, eight or so were picked to sing again. This was again narrowed down to just two, Evan Blake who would take the role of the Wizard and Padraic McHugh who would take on the hilarious character of the cowardly lion.
All hope was not lost for the rest off the lad’s as after a few dance classes with Director and choreographer Fiona O’ Leary, ten or so were picked to provide the roles of the dim witted flying monkey’s.
After continuous rehearsals hosted in the convent, which saw most of the TY lad’s trying to hone in our their best monkey impressions we were ready to showcase the musical to the Town.
With energy driven performances from the leading girl’s which saw Meadbh Egan, Kate Croffy and Megan Lawlor take on the roles of Dorothy, Tin-man and the Scarecrow, it was difficult for the lad’s to follow up, but Evan and Padraic proved to be equally impressive performers.
With Standing ovations for each of the three nights it has to be said that “The Wiz” was an astounding success, and credit must be given to the talented students and staff involved in the production.

-Daniel Walsh, Rónán Kelly, Anthony Smyth. TY.