Les Misérables – a Resounding Success
Congratulations to the cast and production team of Les Misérables who last week staged four moving and memorable performances of the world’s most popular musical. Once the curtains went up on the first show it was immediately clear that the many weeks of enthusiastic preparation had paid off. From Wednesday to Friday packed audiences watched with rapt attention as the tale unfolded of Jean Valjean, flawlessly depicted by Patrick Carroll, as he tries to start a new life and gain respect following a prison sentence for theft. Valjean’s attempts at redemption are repeatedly thwarted by ruthless police inspector, Javert , convincingly portrayed by Russell Doyle. In addition to these two principal characters who were consistently strong all week, every one of the main characters was equally well cast. Aoife Kelly as poor factory worker, Fantaine performed with characteristic ease while Cheyenne Stewart as her daughter, Cosette was perfect for the part and sang beautifully in each performance. Equally memorable were Éponine played by Shannon Grant, Marius played by Ben Collins and Enjolras played by Michael Fogarty. Glynn Stewartas Thernardier and Cerys Loughnane as Madame Thernardier fitted the parts perfectly and provided much light relief in an otherwise quite pessimistic narrative. Aoife Shelly as Young Causette, Jack Nevin as Gavoroche, Colm Lawlor as Bishop, Roberto Iannelli as Bamatabois, Niamh Kennedy as Fenilly, Dara Nolan as Courfeyrac, Joseph Boyle as Combeferre and Emma Grant as Young Eponine each made the part their own and left those who attended more than one performance look forward to the moment when they came centre stage in successive performances.
Overall, powerful singing, strong acting, authentic costume, and beautifully smooth stage movement and scene transition combined to create a unique and memorable theatrical experience for all who attended the show.
Sincere congratulations to the cast and production team on a job well done. Special congratulations to Ms Anne Marie Johnston (Producer), Ms Therese Maher(Director/Choreographer), Mr Pat Marnane, Ms Fran Garry (Musical Directors), Ms Eimear O’ Callaghan(Music Teacher), Ms Aileen Cashman (Costumes), Ms Tara Talbot (Programme) and Mr. Paul Fogarty (Sponsorship Co-ordinator).
Thanks to everyone who attended the musical over the four performances and especially to almost 600 primary school students and their teachers and support staff who watched the first show on Wednesday. Well done to all the students from surrounding primary schools who submitted entries for the art and literacy competitions run in conjunction with the musical.
Finally thanks to all members of staff who worked so hard in many different roles and at different times to ensure that this huge undertaking was a success.
In May 2016, thirteen students from Our Lady’s Secondary School Templemore were chosen to join The Hope Foundation’s School Immersion Programme. The Immersion Programme gives Transition and 5th Year students the unique opportunity to travel to Kolkata for one week and to visit HOPE projects on an educational and cultural visit to witness first-hand the work of HOPE and the extremities of life in Kolkata.
As part of the programme, each student must commit to raising a minimum of €2300 for HOPE, as well as covering all their private costs including flights, vaccinations and travel insurance.
The thirteen students from Our Lady’s, Grace Martin, Lara O’Toole, Christina Cleary, Eva Rush, Zara O’Connell, Johanna Finn, Aimee Gleeson, Sophie Cantwell, Cheyenne Stewart, Katie Giles, Liam Nolan, Roberto Iannalli and Ben Collins ran a number of fundraising events, both together as a group and individually. Each student raised a minimum of €2,300 which will be donated directly to the Hope Foundation. These events included Sponsored runs, the selling of Butlers HOPE chocolate bars, a Ball, a Tractor Run, donations from bag packing, church gate collections, concerts and a table quiz. All students will pay for their flights and expenses separately. This has come about from presents and the proceeds of part-time employment.
The students will be accompanied by two teachers from the school, Ms Marion Quinlisk and Ms Linda Fogarty. Both teachers must also raise an additional €2,000 each. As part of the fundraising a Table Quiz has been organised for Friday 11th of November in the Templemore Arms at 8pm. Tickets will cost €20 for a table of four. The quiz master on the night will be Mr Seamus Bourke. There will be a raffle and spot prizes on the night. A great night is sure to be had by all.
The group of students and teachers will depart on Thursday 9th February 2017 and will visit residential care homes, schools, slums and hospitals funded by the Hope Foundations. They will return on Thursday 16th February 2017.
Senior Ladies FootballersCruise to Victory
Our Lady’s 6-20PresentationClonmel4-4
On Monday10thOctober, the SeniorLadies Footballteam travelled toNew Innto compete againstPresentationClonmelin roundtwoof the Munster League.Although the teamdid not have the best start to their campaign they were determined to put that behind them and play to their potential.
Our Lady’s started well out of the blocks with the defence always on top quenching any threat from Presentation. The forwards were passing the ball around really well and taking all opportunities that presented themselves to them. Aimee Gleeson opened to scoring with a well taken goal, this was quickly followed up with points fromAineGreed, Ruth Butler, Sarah Buckley,AineDelaney and Emma Kelly. The girls from Templemore were fully in control of the game and were impressive to watch. Half-time score Our Lady’s 3-15 PresentationClonmel0-0.
The second half commenced as the first had finished with Our Lady’s being a dominant force & continuing to add to their tally. Although, PresentationClonmelscored 4-4 in the second half there was never a danger for Templemore of being beaten. Final score on the day Our Lady’s 6-20 PresentationClonmel4-4. Scorers for OurLady’swere Aimee Gleeson 1-5,AineGreed 0-3, Ruth Butler 0-3, Sarah Buckley 0-2,AineDelaney 0-3, Emma Kelly 1-1,CaoimheO’Brien 1-0, Grace Martin 1-1, Sophie Cantwell 1-2 and Niamh Hogan 1-0.
Our Lady’s Secondary School will host its much anticipated production of Les Misérables, the well-known musical based on the novel by French poet and novelist, Victor Hugo on Thursday and Friday night next, October 20th and 21st. Set in early 19th Century France, Les Miz is the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant and his quest for redemption after serving nineteen years in jail for having stolen a loaf of bread for his sister’s starving child. The cast at our Lady’s, under the supervision of music teachers, Ms Anne Marie Johnston and Ms Eimear O’ Callaghan working closely with Director Ms Theresa Maher and Musical Directors, Fran Garry and Pat Murnane have been working hard at rehearsals since early September. They now look forward to staging a top class show on Thursday and Friday of this week. Tickets can be purchased on the night or reserved in advance by contacting the school at 0504 – 31299.
Senior Ladies Footballers
Our Lady’s 2-3 St. Anne’s 1-9
On Monday 26th September, the Senior Ladies Football team travelled to Clonoulty to compete against St. Anne’s, Tipp Town in the first round of the Munster League. The team playing in a higher grade & missing many starting players from last year knew that the odds were stacked against them but refused to dwell on this.
Orlaith Maher secured the first score in the game for Our Lady’s as the Templemore side were by far the most dominant team in the first half. Failing to convert chances that presented themselves would in the end cost Templemore the game. Not taking away from St. Anne’s their pace on the counter attack was immense and they were by far a more physical team. The score at half-time was Templemore 1-3 St. Anne’s 1-5.
The second half remained a tight affair with the Templemore backs giving it their all to close down each attack from the Tipp Town team. St. Anne’s were picking off some lovely scores, Christina Brennan, Aine Delaney & Caoimhe O’Brien where forming some stong assaults as they moved the ball up the field, with one of the best chances falling to Caoimhe whose shot rick-shaded the woodwork. As the game was in the melting pot, Sarah Buckley scored a fantastic goal to bring 3points between the sides. It was all to play for but in the end the full time whistle came just soon. Final score on the day Our Lady’s 2-3 St. Anne’s 1-9. Scorers for Our Lady’s were Orlaith Maher 0-1, Aimee Gleeson 1-0, Ruth Butler 0-2 and Sarah Buckley 1-0.