Members of the cast with musical director David Hughes during the launch of 'Parade' by the Kilkenny Musical Society
Some stories are so great, so epic in their impact and poignancy that they stretch through the annals of time.
The case of Leo Frank is one such story. Was he a monster, capable of killing a child and deserving of his fate, or an innocent man who became the scapegoat for a society overflowing with resentment towards rich, Jewish factory owners, a public outcry over the exploitation of child workers and a ruthless, unmerciful media culture?
This tragically captivating story is at the heart of the musical, “Parade”, Kilkenny Musical Society’s show choice for 2017.
This group of local performers, renowned for their insightful dramatic portrayals as evidenced by previous successes The Hired Man, Michael Collins: A Musical Drama, Sweeney Todd and most recently The Full Monty, take on this monumental show which is guaranteed to carry it’s audiences along on a wave of triumph, despair, hope and anger. Combined with an epic score, reminiscent of the haunting anthemic pieces of Michael Collins in 2014, Parade is a show that will leave an
The stellar cast lined up to recreate one of the most infamous trials in American history is of equally epic proportions. Michael Hayes,
Sarah Brennan, firmly established as one of the most talented performers of the Kilkenny Musical
Thomastown native, school girl Caoimhe Kelly, makes her debut with Kilkenny Musical Society, having most recently performed in the fantastic Watergate pantomime Cinderella. Caoimhe takes on the role of Mary Phagan – the young girl whose life is tragically cut short by a violent crime, which brings to the surface, simmering but potent tensions in the community of Atlanta Georgia.
Other key characters weaving through this fascinating tapestry of history, tragedy, love and hate are seasoned performers Kevin Reade, playing the part of cut-throat Machiavellian lawyer Hugh Dorsey, eager to make a name for himself with this sensational trial.
Eoghan Fingleton, a Portlaoise native originally but having wowed Kilkenny audiences with his portrayal of Harry Boland in Michael Collins and last year as troubled soon-to-be-stripper Malcolm in the
With many striking resemblances to the cast of Michael Collins in 2014, other featured characters of note will be played by the expertise of Brendan Corcoran, Carlow native David Doyle, Rebecca Murphy and Kevina Hayes, last seen in the role of Cinderella in the highly successful 2017 Watergate pantomime.
At the helm of this highly anticipated performance is a production team of impressive credentials. Christine Scarry, renowned national
Curating the musical expertise of this group of talented performers is the internationally-acclaimed David Hayes who is musical director and arranger for the RTE/
The final member of the production team is choreographer Nicole McDonald who trained in the highly prestigious Laine
In the last number of
Relive the journey of Leo Frank, witness his fate, but be your own decider of his legacy.
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