Kilkenny Musical Society, as part of its 40th birthday celebrations is trying to make contact with members of the cast and chorus of their very first show “The Gypsy Baron”. The show was staged in The Friary Hall in 1974 and was directed by the late Kitty Drohan.
The Society would very much like to reunite this cast during the run of “The Pirates of Penzance” at the Watergate next month. The appeal now goes out to provide the Society with their contact details of any member of that cast.
The names from the programme are printed below and whilst some of the cast have passed on to their eternal reward there is no doubt that quite a few are still alive and well and living locally.
The cast consisted of Eamonn Brennan, Sean Davin, Noeleen burke, Doreen Clarke, Michael Lawlor, MArina Boyd, Donal O’Brien, Breda Phelan, Ann Aylward, Moira Maher, Breda Breen, Paddy Little. Michael Malone, Dennis Jackman and Tommy O’Brien. Standard bearers were Arthur Drohan, Tom Boylem David Goulding and Bill Quinn. Dancers were Jacqueline O’Brien, Annette Foley, Anne Mullally, Joan Muldowney, Geraldine Molloy, Marie Cummins, Mary Dunne, Eithne O’Neill, Catherine Kirwan, Geraldine Burke, Susanne Murphy, Claire O’Donovan, Deirdre Hennessy and Noreen Travers.
The production staff involved were Bill Richards, Kitty Drohan, Jack Lanigan, Mansell Drohan, Eamonn Drohan, Tony McNamara, Tom Dows, Liam Dowd, M. Kavanagh, Brian Griffin, Pat Buckridge, Derry O’Donovan, Maura Burke, Desmond Rush, Moira Deegan, John J Callaghan, Michael Keogh, Seamus Brennan, John Aylward and George Candler. The officers fo the committee were Walter Smithwick, Major V McCalmont, Kitty Drohan, Donal O’Brien, Josephine Redmond and Paddy Little.
Ladies chorus: Jo Redmond, Eileen Comerford, Joan Landy, Philomena Deady, Joan Kavanagh, Carmel Purcell, Margaret Hehir, Maria Kerwick, Mary Connery, Mary O’Sullivan, Eilenn Gaffney, Marie Phelan, Eileen Byrne, Eileen Mulally and Pauline Hogan. Mens Chorus: Sean O’Shea, Joe Greene, Eamon Dunne, Seamus Whelan, Edward Cody, Billy O’Rourke, Damien Dowling, George Wilde, Tim Byrne and Michael Kavanagh.
Name and address details can be left at the Watergate Box Office or by making contact with Society Chairman Seamus Reade on 085-1389397.
In the meantime, preparation for the 40th anniversary production The Pirates of Penzance are moving on well. The cast are now rehearsing 4 nights per week and familiar favourites like “Cat Like Thread”, “Poor Wandering One” and “Tarantara” are all sounding great from the 50-strong chorus.
The antics of the Policemen led by John Byrne is something else to behold. Booking is already well underway at the Watergate and the advice is to book early as popular shows such as “Pirates” have had the House Full signs up in the past. The show opens on April 7 and runs for seven nights.