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Kilkenny Musical Society proudly presents its 44th production

Book by Alfred Uhry | Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Directed by Christine Scarry | Musical Directon by David Hayes | Choreography by Nicole McDonald

2nd to 8th April 2017

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History tells us his fate…  now relive his journey

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 indelible print on those who experience it.

Meet the Characters

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Meet the Production Team

Director

Born in Dublin, Christine works all over Ireland as a freelance director, and is the artistic director of Red Alchemy Theatre Company, which is dedicated to exploring provocative and challenging works by contemporary writers and composers. In addition to her thriving practice as a vocal coach, she works as a director and voice tutor at the Irish College of Music Theatre (IMT) - Ireland’s first accredited third-level music theatre course, where she also lectures in music theatre history.

Musical Director

David's career to date has included work as a Musical Director, an orchestrator, a keyboard player and a producer in theatre, radio, television and in the studio. As a musical director David has worked with Riverdance – The Show, Fame – The Musical, The Voice of Ireland - currently airing on RTÉ One, and Extreme Rhythm, a Wexford based percussion ensemble.

Choreographer

Nicole began her professional training at Laine Theatre Arts receiving an associate in dance. She later completed a masters in dance from University of Limerick. She has over 19 years’ experience in teaching, Professional Dance, Creative Directing and Choreography. Her professional career has taken her around the UK, America and Europe on stage as well as TV and Film.

About Kilkenny Musical Society

Kilkenny Musical Society was founded in 1973 by the late Kitty Drohan and Donal O'Brien. The Society has the distinction of presenting a Musical each year without fail since then for the people of Kilkenny and surroundings. Early productions took place in the Friary Hall in Kilkenny City until the Society moved to the beautiful Watergate Theatre in 1994. The society has seen many fine performers tread the boards and evidence of the quality of these performances can be seen in the list of awards and nominations in the AIMS Awards Scheme.

In the last number of years Kilkenny Musical Society has been both locally and critically acclaimed for its members’ ability to resonate with the stories they portray and carry their audiences along on a wave of musical and dramatic triumphs. From the heartache of Michael Collins & The Hired Man to the comedic genius of The Fully Monty, this group of local performers excel at what they do. This years production promises to be no different.

For more information about KMS - check out the About Us section on our main website.

Parade

Latest News

Trialed by Law or by Land: Leo Frank and Kilkenny Musical Society’s 2017 production of PARADE

by Kevina Hayes

In just 3 weeks time, Kilkenny Musical Society take to the stage with their highly anticipated 2017 production: Parade. The epic score, reminiscent of the rousing choruses of their award winning production of Michael Collins A Musical Drama in 2014, is but a melodic vehicle for the captivating and true life story of Mr Leo Frank, played by award winning local performer Michael Hayes, at the epicenter of this amazing musical.

KMS on KCLR

In case you missed it - listen below to John Masterson chat with Christine Scarry and Kevina Hayes all about our next production Parade, opening in the Watergate Theatre in less than three weeks!

History tells us his fate… now relive his journey

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.

Magical Musical Mayhem

Kilkenny Musical Society are delighted to present,
'Magical Musical Mayhem'

This fun, family friendly show features hits from your favourite childhood musicals, walt disney movies & of course a sing along to some of the Christmas classics.

Thomastown Concert Hall - Friday 2nd December -7.30pm
*Dress up in your favourite christmas woolies or better still, wear your favourite christmas Pj's so you can run straight home for the late late toy show!*

Castlecomer Community Hall - Sunday 4th December - 3pm

Parade Auditions

Kilkenny Musical Society are delighted to present 'Parade' by Jason Robert Brown in The Watergate Theatre on Sunday 2nd- Saturday 8th April 2016. 

Director: Christine Scarry
Musical Director: David Hayes
Choreographer: Nicole McDonald

Auditions will take place on Friday 18th November & further auditions/recalls will take place on Sunday 20th. 

For further information & to book in for an audition, please contact us on [email protected]y.com

KMS Social Night

We will be hosting a social night next Thur 25th August in Rafter Dempseys on Friary Street.  We would love to see you all there for a catch up!

We also welcome any new members that may be interested in joining the society this year to come along and meet us for a chat and a bit of craic!

P.S. - There's also the small matter of revealing our 2017 production!

See you all from 8pm onwards!