Thursday 24 January 2019

Third-level thespians on stage in Mrs Doubtfayre

Some of the cast at rehearsals for Mrs Doubtfayre
Some of the cast at rehearsals for Mrs Doubtfayre

Maria Pepper

A musical production of the comic movie Mrs Doubtfayre (the name has been changed for copyright reasons) will be staged at Wexford Arts Centre by an enthusiastic new drama society based in the Wexford Campus of IT Carlow on May 6 after being postponed from March due to Storm Emma.

The society comprised of students and staff will present their adaptation of the classic family favourite for two shows at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The production is directed by Gorey-based Iris Whelan, a business sutdent in Wexford Campus who was instrumental in founding the Drama Society last September.

After getting approval from the college to stage a show, she drafted in Michael Conway to play the lead role which was made famous by the late Robin Williams.

The cast includes 20 talented students, children, lecturers and members of Enniscorthy dance troupe Urban Funk, who have also been teaching the students some dance moves for the show. Rehearsals have been ongoing for some time and there was great disappointment when the production had to be cancelled because of the snow.

The heart-warming production is suitable for all the family and is guaranteed to entertain. The story starts when Daniel loses his job and goes through a messy divorce which leads him to lose custody of his three children. In a desperate attempt to get his children back, he pretends to be a 65-year-old childminder and manages to fool everyone into believing he is the perfect nanny.

Iris plans to continue working with the Drama Society, helping staff and students who want to develop theatre, performance and backstage skills.

She has 25 years' experience in acting and directing, including volunteering for schools and charity organisations. 'We all love theatre in some shape or form. Don't miss out on the chance to shine', she said. Tickets are available from the box office at Wexford Arts Centre.

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