Wexford School of Ballet and Performing Arts celebrate 50 years on stage with their anniversary show

By Amy Lewis

Published 29/12/2015 | 00:00

Jonathan Smith lead dancer in Carousel, along with many of the other talented performers of 'Reprise'.
Jonathan Smith lead dancer in Carousel, along with many of the other talented performers of 'Reprise'.

The moment the curtains closed on the Dun Mhuire stage was not only significant for the talented stars of 'Reprise', but everyone in the Wexford School of Ballet and Performing Arts.

It marked the 50th anniversary of the successful music and performance school, which has been churning out young stage stars since it was established by Ann O'Leary. In their anniversary show, the school paid a tribute to all of the talented performers from years gone by. Act one and two were made up from the all-time favourites of 50 years of shows which were selected through an online poll.

The biggest highlight was the epic finale which saw past students returning to dance once more along with Director and owner Suzanne O'Leary. Some of these stood hand-in-hand with their daughters who are now following in their footsteps as students at the school.

The two-night production received a great response from the audience, including the many familiar faces from the past who turned up to enjoy the show. Both nights culminated in a standing ovation, and all former students were invited onto the stage to sign a specially commissioned memory board which will be installed in the school's studio.

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