WLOS celebrates success at annual AIMS awards
WEXFORD Light Opera Society, which were nominated for Best Overall Show with their production of Evita, scooped two top awards and were runners up in three others at the annual AIMS awards night at the INEC in Killarney on Saturday night.
WLOS won Best Musical Director for Fintan Cleary and for the Best Technical category and were runners up for three awards - Best Chorus, Best Supporting Male, James McDermott, and the Mary Kelly unsung hero award for Pat Lawlor.
Wexford WLOS were delighted with their awards, which means they have finished in the top five for the last three adjudicated shows.
The Society has now the job of picking a show for 2017 - not an easy task after the success of Evita and a new director following the tragic death of John Donnelly. The AIMS National President Colm Moules, from Arklow, addressed the gathering of over 1,000 AIMS members, paying tribute to the late John Donnelly, the WLOS director who was stabbed to death in Turkey a few weeks ago.
Acknowledging John's amazing work with musical societies across Ireland in the last 30 years, he said he was the most nominated Director in the Best Director awards over the years and won it on several occasions.
There were some lovely photos of John projected on to a big screen and after a minute's silence the audience erupted into applause and stood to their feet.
It was very moving and a fitting tribute to a great director who gave most of his life to Musical Theatre in Ireland.