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Monday 23 April 2018

No hard knock life in Oylegate as Annie and the orphans impress!

Pádraig Byrne

Sophie Barron (Annie) and the orphans on stage.
Sophie Barron (Annie) and the orphans on stage.
The orphans on stage in ‘Annie’ in Oylegate Community Centre.

There was a fantastic atmosphere at Oylegate Community Centre recently as a hard-working local cast and crew staged their colourful production of the classic musical 'Annie'.

What started out as a small idea last year transformed into a huge production involving over 70 people from the locality. The group don't have an official title, but a lot of the cast and crew would have been involved in pantomimes over the years and it was decided that 'Annie' would be the ideal maiden production for the venture. The cast was a great mix of all ages and they captured a true classic wonderfully, with its range of hit songs such as 'Hard Knock Life' and 'Tomorrow'.

'We got a great reception,' said Ray Quigley. 'On the Friday and Saturday nights we had full houses. There was a great community spirit and atmosphere here and everyone got involved. We met up to pick the orphans back in December and we've been rehearsing more or less since then.'

With regards to whether this will be an annual event going forward in Oylegate, given the success of this production, Ray remains tight lipped.

'I used to do musicals in Enniscorthy for years and I had taken a break, but we had the idea to do this just as a kind of one off venture,' he said. 'I've been asked several times when we're putting on the next one, but we'll say nothing about that just yet.'

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