Carrigaline Community School Presents
Thank you for the MUSIC!
There has always been a strong tradition of musical theatre in Carrigaline Community School and this year a group of Transition Year students decided to ‘take a chance’ and take up the challenge in style! Thank You for the Music was presented here in the school for a very select audience earlier this month.
Abba songs lend themselves to telling the story of Sophie, Donna and her three suitors, Sam, Bill and Harry. The audience generally finds it hard not to sing along as they were introduced to the Greek island, where the show is set, on the eve of Sophie’s wedding. Fun in the sun ensues and the students certainly rise to the occasion.
‘We saw our students grow along the journey, from the jitters of first day auditions to a sense of confidence and excitement in the final performance,’ said music teacher and co-director Nicola Cooke.
‘This is a new venture for CCS,’ added drama teacher and co- director, Ann O Regan. ‘We have never had a Transition Year Musical before and this year, for the first time, we invited members of our community to come along and join us for our performances, including Carrigaline primary schools and a local Enable Ireland group.
The choreography, which was led by a cohort of TY girls, was exceptional and the sets, designed by one of the 4th year Art Classes under the direction of Art Teacher John Lyons, were also worthy of note.
Musically, the show had everything, from fast paced chorus numbers like ‘Voulez Vous’ to poignant solos like ‘Slipping through my fingers’. Songs like ‘Money, Money, Money’, ‘Mamma Mia and ‘Super Trooper’ permeate the ages and generations alike. From the opening number it was clear that this was an energetic, fun show and the talented 4th year CCS students were willing to give it everything.
There were even a few teachers treading the boards, to the delight and sometimes amusement of the audience. It was this mix of age and experience that added a certain flavour of excitement and camaraderie to an already entertaining show. The students of CCS have certainly said ‘I DO’!