The last leg

NEWS FOCUS RIVERDANCE SAYS A FINAL FAREWELL AFTER 15

CURIOUS lunchtime strollers on Wexford quayfront stopped and stared last Friday as the wooden decking clattered to the sound of high-stepping dancers in colourful costumes. It could only mean one thing – Riverdance. The stage phenomenon which has wowed audiences all over the world is finally hitting Wexford.

It's been a long time coming but it will be worth it, according to Thomas de Mallet Burgess, Director of People and Culture at Wexford Opera House where four Riverdance performances will take place on June 10, 11 and 12.

There will be nightly shows at 8 p.m. on each of the three nights and a 3 p.m. matineee performance on Saturday, June 12.

This is the first time the international dance sensation will perform in the southeast and the 65-strong cast will spend a week rehearsing in the Wexford opera venue before the shows.

Later in the month, they will appear at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin before travelling abroad.

Their special appearance in Wexford is attributed to the attraction of the new Opera House as a performance venue. Depending on public demand, they may even decide to do extra shows.

To publicise the much-anticipated event, Riverdance's Executive Producer Julian Erskine brought six of the cast, including two principal dancers on to the quayfront for a photo shoot last Friday.

Tickets ranging in price from €20 to €45 have gone on sale at the Opera House box office, telephone (053) 9122144 and on-line at www.wexfordoperahouse.ie.

It is now 15 years since Riverdance opened at the Point Depot in Dublin in February 1995 and went on to thrill millions of people around the globe.

The show composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan has played nearly 10,000 performances and been seen live by more than 22 million people in over 350 venues in 40 countries on four continents.

It has travelled 600,000 miles (equivalent to going to the moon and back!) and been viewed by a worldwide television audience of nearly 2 billion.

Now it's Wexford's turn to witness the stage phenomenon.

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