Singing and dancing with delight at Oyster Lane workshop in Wexford

By David tucker

Members of the Oyster Lane team and the youngsters at the workshop.
Members of the Oyster Lane team and the youngsters at the workshop.

Oyster Lane Theatre Group recently held their annual performance workshop for kids and it was a great weekend for all involved.

More than 30 children attended, all of whom went home singing and dancing to various songs. The workshop saw a range of talented tutors teach the young members across the two days.

Jonny Smith and Sinead Reck choreographed numbers from musicals such a 'Footloose' and 'Newsies' while Trish Goggins tested their vocal abilities as singing tutor. Paul Walsh and Aoife Beaumont-Howell tested their acting skills as they played various games with them and taught them a range of skills useful for the stage. And finally, Ryan Kavanagh joined the panel of tutors this year as he choreographed a hip hop piece and taught it to the kids. It was a throughly enjoyable weekend and once again proved to be a hugely successful fundraiser for Oyster Lane as they prepare to bring the Broadway smash hit 'Footloose' to the Dun Mhuire stage this coming October. Last month at their AGM, the Wexford-based musical society announced that they would be putting on 'Footloose' from October 23-28. They recently announced their production team for the show with Imelda McDonagh returning to the society to direct it after previously leading the show-stopping 'Hairspray' two years ago. Founding members Suzanne O'Leary and Patrick Clancy are returning as resident choreographer and musical director respectively. Mark Redmond will also be returning as set designer and lighting designer, as will society chairperson, Greg O'Leary as stage manager.

The dates of the information night and auditions for 'Footloose' will be announced soon.

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