Musical Society elects new committee members

There was a very large attendance at Carrick Musical Society’s annual general meeting last Wednesday.

There was a very large attendance at Carrick Musical Society’s annual general meeting last Wednesday.

It was a meeting full of information and wonderful debate regarding the Theatre, A.I.M.S., the Academy of Performing Arts and the Society.

Society Chairman Martin Morrissey thanked members for their hard work over the past year and the Society had a wonderful year ahead as it stages its 100th production, celebrates its 70th birthday and marks 10 years as owners of The Strand Theatre.

Committee members elected were: Martin Morrissey, Fergus Power, Siobhan Grace, Louise Mulcahy, Helen O’Hanlon, Michael Lonergan, Ray Nolan, Ann Lonergan, Sandra Power, Michael O’Hara, Ger Dunphy, Fiona Hennessy, Seamus Power, Jimsy Dooley and Jenny Hogan.

Martin Morrissey thanked Marian Grace, who is not returning as a committee member, for all her work. The Committee will now meet and select its officers for the year ahead.

The Academy of Performing Arts “Annie” performers are on the crest of a wave after being selected to appear on the RTE programme Elev8.

Following an electronic vote, the girls are through and will now travel to RTE headquarters in Montrose to appear live on the programme and once again they will have to undergo a public vote.

Check out the Academy’s Facebook page for more details.

Meanwhile, the Academy will stage its Christmas concert in the Strand Theatre on Thursday, December 20 at 6pm.

The show will be a selection of song, dance and drama performed by the Academy’s members ranging in age from 5 to 15 years. It will be open to parents, grandparents, relatives and friends of the students.

Tickets will be available from the theatre on the day of the show.

Registration for the spring/summer term will take place on Thursday, January 10 from 11am to 1pm, and 2pm to 4pm at the Strand Theatre box office or by telephoning (051) 645050.

The 14 week term costs E140 and involves 2 hours of tuition per week. Places are limited, so registration must be paid in full.

The Society is erecting a Christmas Remembrance Tree outside The Strand Theatre. People can buy a bow and hang it on the tree to remind them of loved ones who will not be with them at Christmas.

All proceeds will go to the South Tipperary Hospice Home Care Team.

The Tree will be located at the top of the steps on the Main Street outside the Theatre and ribbons are available in shops locally. The Society raised E1800 last year and is hoping to exceed this figure this Christmas.

Blessing of the tree will take place on Christmas Eve at 4pm and will be followed by carol singing.