The annual St. Jarlath’s college operatic society with conjunction with Scoil Bhríde, The Mercy presented one of the greatest musicals of all time Les Misérables. The show ran for three nights Wednesday 13th to Friday 15th December to packed house each night. To say that the show was a success would be an understatement!
The show was under the direction of Ronan Lardner with musical direction from Shane Farrell who was aided by Connie Burke, Mary Murphy and Rachael Brennan.
The hardworking cast, the stage crew and orchestra all contributed to help make this adaption capture the imagination and enthusiasm of the audience each night.
Winning score songs “I Dreamed a Dream “, Do you Hear the People Sing?”, One Day More “, and “On My Own” packed moments of emotion and drama for the audience.
It’s grand epic tale and glorious music have made it one of the longest running musicals of all time and indeed a major triumph for everyone involved in this year’s show.
Time for a well-earned break and looking forward to next year which will be the 75th anniversary of opera productions held in St. Jarlaths College. The College Amateur Operatic Society has produced a yearly musical known as the Opera for the locals of Tuam since 1944, making it one of the longest continually running amateur shows in Ireland. This proud tradition is one of the primary sources for the expression of musical and acting ability in the College, and has produced exceptional talent throughout its long history.
Les Misérables is another proud testament to this fact, and we are extremely proud of all involved with this year’s production.
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Mr. O’ Regan and all the Junior PE classes are taking part in the “Run around Europe Challenge”. This initiative is incorporated into their Pyhsical Education programme, which involves picking a capital in Europe and collectively running the equivalent distance to that city.
It makes for exciting classes in PE and is a means to also broadening student’s knowledge of Europe. Mr. O’ Regan is charting their progress each week until they reach their destination!
The music and art dept travelled to Dublin on the 19th Oct for a cultural day. The TY students and 5th year art class and 5th and 6th year music students were accompanied by their teachers Ms Conlon, Ms Feerick and Ms Kenny. Their first stop was to the National Art Gallery, Dublin. Ms Conlon’s group had a guided tour of the Dutch and Yeats section in the gallery, whilst Ms Feerick and Ms Kenny gave a self-guided tour with the remainder. The trip to the gallery is a rewarding experience. There are so many pieces to see, created in so many different styles and in so many historical periods.
The art group then went on to the National Museum and the Natural History Museum.
The TYs and Ms Burke’s music group with Ms Kenny and Ms Feerick went on to see the show Miss Saigon in the Bord GAIS Theatre.
Miss Saigon is a powerful dramatic musical based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madam Butterfly, and similarly tells the tragic tale of a doomed romance involving an Asian woman abandoned by her American lover.
The Department of Education has announced that schools will remained closed for Tuesday. It is planned to reopen the school as normal on Wednesday morning.
Students are advised to use the time to revise work completed to date. Past papers for the State Examinations can be accessed for free at this link.