Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Limerick Musical Society Nominated for 4 AIMS Awards

Limerick Musical Society have been nominated in four categories of the 2015 AIMS (Association of Irish Musical Societies) Awards  for The Witches of Eastwick which the society staged at University Concert Hall last March.

Their nominees include Dave Griffin, who played the part of Darryl Van Horne, best male actor; Maire-Keary Scanlon, best musical director; Niamh Twomey, best choreographer; and an ensemble nomination of best choral singing.

Maire Keary-Scanlon began her musical studies in the Limerick School of Music, on piano and organ, and after obtaining a scholarship to study singing at the Dublin College of Music, she continued her studies there, and later in the Cork School of Music.

She has worked on several musicals in the last number of years, both as chorus mistress and musical director, including Grease, Oklahoma, Fame, Guys and Dolls Sweet Charity (for which she won the AIMS award for best chorus), Cats, Me and My Girl, Pirates of Penzance, The Hot Mikado, Les Miserables, Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, West Side Story, The Hired Man, Chess, High School Musical, Hairspray, Crazy For You, Annie, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The King and I and Jesus Christ Superstar.
She is a founder member of the award winning Children’s Choir Cantette and multi award winning women’s Chamber Choir, Seoda.

Dave Griffin is no stranger to theatre in Limerick. His musical theatre credits include principal roles with Cecilian Musical Society, Limerick Musical Society, Limerick Tops, Ballenby Productions and, in recent years, Bare Space Theatre Company, appearing in everything from Showboat to Camelot, Pirates of Penzance to Singing in the Rain, Sweeney Todd and Into the Woods. Prior to Witches, Dave’s last production with Limerick Musical Society was in 2002 as Rico Castelli in Copacabana!
Dave’s drama credits, particularly with College Players, include the role of Gregor Samsa in the acclaimed All-Ireland winning production of Metamorphosis by Stephen Berkoff, which toured internationally.

Niamh Twomey’s dance training began at the young age of 3 with the Scannell-Ryan School of Irish Dancing in Co. Cork. She has performed in, and choreographed, many productions with the Limerick Musical Society in the past 14 years including Copacabana, Chess, West Side Story, Hot Mikado, The Kind and I, Fiddler on the Roof, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Annie, The Hired Man, Pirates of Penzance, Oklahoma, Evita and Anything Goes.

This is not the first time that the musical society has been nominated in their 15 year history. In 2002, Judy O’Connor won Best Actress and Paul Nash, Best Musical Director, for the Barry Manilow musical Copacabana. Judy O’Connor was again successful in 2004 for the Hot Mikado. In 2006 Niamh Twomey won Best Choreographer for the musical Anything Goes. In 2009 for the musical The King and I, Edel Heaney won best actress and Roisin Walsh, Best Singer, while in 2014 the Best Actor category was won by Martin McNelis for Evita.