Wexford schools shortlisted for theatre awards

By David Tucker

Published 02/04/2016 | 00:00

Caoimhe Troy as Rafiki in Scoil Realt Na Mara's production of 'The Lion King Jnr'.
Caoimhe Troy as Rafiki in Scoil Realt Na Mara's production of 'The Lion King Jnr'.

Two Wexford schools and a local student have been shortlisted in this year's Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards.

Scoil Realt Na Mara in Kilmore has been shortlisted in the Best Overall School Musical category for its performance in the 5th and 6th class production of 'The Lion King Junior', while 6th class student Caoimhe Troy has been shortlisted in the Best Female Performance in a Leading Role for her portrayal of 'Rafiki' in the musical.

Scoil Mhuire, in Coolcotts, has been shortlisted in the Best Set category for its set production of 'Oliver' by 5th and 6th class students.

The Wexford schools will now travel to a special awards ceremony at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on Thursday, May 5, at which the winners will be announced. RTÉ Two Tube presenters Stephen Byrne and Bláthnaid Treacy will host the event, with a special guest performance yet to be announced.

The awards categories range from best overall school musical, best overall school play and best set design to individual categories such as best short scene script, best dramatic critique and best male and female performances in a leading role.

This year's judging panel comprised actress Amy Huberman; playwright Marina Carr; Strictly Come Dancing star Tristan MacManus; author Sarah Webb; set and costume designer Maree Kearns; Bord Gáis Energy Theatre manager Stephen Faloon and Bord Gáis Energy communications manager, Irene Gowing.

Irene Gowing, communications manager for Bord Gáis Energy said the standards of this year's entries was exceptional, showing the wealth of talent in schools across the country, and 'I've no doubt there are many stars in the making'.

For the judges, this meant a really tough job narrowing down our shortlist.

'I would like to thank all teachers and students in Wexford who entered, as well as the parents who support them. Congratulations to all the shortlisted schools and students and we look forward to the welcoming you all at the awards ceremony,' she said.

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