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Musical version of ‘Rapunzel' at School

May 7th, 2018 11:45 PM

By Southern Star Team

Rapunzel (Abbie Salter-Townshend) threatens Flynn Ryder (Eric Wickens) with her most powerful weapon, the frying pan! (Photo: Anne Minihane)

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SKIBBEREEN Community School’s transition years will be performing the musical version of ‘Rapunzel,’ widely known (and loved) as ‘Tangled.’

Taking advantage, for the second year now, of the wonderful theatrical facilities afforded by the brand new school premises, this show should delight audiences, young and not quite so young, with its songs, spectacle and irrepressible fun.

There are too many outstanding performances to name each individually, but the three main roles are played by Abbie Salter Townsend (Rapunzel), Eric Wickens (Flynn Ryder) and Alicia O’Sullivan (the wicked Gothel). These three light up the stage whenever they appear and somehow manage to transform the well-known storybook-cartoon characters into rounded, believable personalities, who not only act but sing beautifully too.

The show has been brought together by the combined efforts of the Music, Art and English Departments in the school, with help and co-operation in abundance from the principal, all staff and students. There would have been no show at all without the unfailingly cheerful and helpful BAM staff, who put up stages, blocked off rehearsal areas and were always on hand to help with any other requests put to them.

The directors of the show are Ms Colette Brennan, music; Ms Olivia Hoskins, set, props and costumes; Ms Terri Leiber and Mr Sean Ronan, stage direction. Lighting is by Mr John Hegarty and sound by Mr Shane Healy.

The TY co-ordinator is Ms Gretta Burchill, whose juggling of timetables and unflagging support has been a driving force behind the TY show.

This year’s production is light, bright, funny and filled with the most gorgeous songs, accompanied by the school orchestra. A great night out for all the family is promised.

Performances start with a matinee at 11am on Wednesday, May 9th, for National Schools, followed by performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 10th, 11th and 12th, nightly at 8pm.

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