Hard word pays off as school scoops top awards

By David Tucker

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AO9Z8850: Pictured is Caoimhe Troy from Scoil na Mara in Kilmore, Wexford with her fellow classmates and RTÉ Two Tubes stars Blathnaid Treacy and Stephen Byrne as she accepted her award for the Best Female Performance in a Leading Role category at the Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards.

THE children from Kilmore National School were singing all the way after its talented children won not one, but two major awards for their roaring success 'The Lion King Junior' at the Bord Gais Energy Student Theatre Awards.

Caoimhe Troy won the award as Best Female Lead Role for her performance as Rafiki while the show was awarded top honours as the Best Overall Musical.

'It has been fantastic, great,' said Principal Micheál Martin, praising the children, teachers and all involved in achieving such great results.

The show had over 60 participants from 5th and 6th class and was directed by 6th class teacher Mairéad Moore, assisted by well-known composer Liam Bates and choreographed by Órla Kelly.

'We brought two busloads of children up, and parents, and there was a huge level of excitement. The children sang all the way up and sang even more on the way back,' said Micheál.

'It was a special day for the children, the teachers and the parents and all those who put such a huge amount of work into it,' he said, 'we performed it in February and later in the year at the National Opera House and this is now the icing on the cake.'

The winners were announced at a special awards ceremony at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on Thursday (May 5) hosted by RTE Two Tube presenters Bláthnaid Treacy and Stephen Byrne.

The judges were blown away by the musical. They said that it was hard to believe that it was a primary school level production and praised the involvement of every cast member as years ahead of their time.

As an extra treat, the school took to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre stage to perform a music number from the production at the awards ceremony in Dublin on Friday.

Over 1,500 primary and secondary school students representing 64 schools from across Ireland attended the event in Dublin on Thursday. On the day a number of shortlisted schools performed live on stage and students were also treated to a surprise performance by boyband HomeTown.

Special guests at the Awards ceremony included Sabina Higgins and the members of the Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards judging panel; actress Amy Huberman; playwright Marina Carr; author Sarah Webb; set and costume designer Maree Kearns; Bord Gáis Energy Theatre manager Stephen Faloon and Bord Gáis Energy communications manager, Irene Gowing.

Captions: William Troy Walsh and Caoimhe Troy (centre) with fellow students; Caoimhe Troy and William Troy Walsh are pictured with their grandmother Rena Troy at the Bord Gais Energy Student Theatre Awards.

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