What an Epic AIMS weekend. From the combined MULES of Muse, UL, Ennis and Shannon storming the streets of Killarney on the pub crawl before the Legend Aodan Fox acted as MC for the Friday night festivities, through to the Saturday BBQ and the rehearsal for our Opening Number, then on to the Awards banquet where the Opening Number “slayed” and Ted Germaine and Julita Fox took home the top gongs for Best Stage Manager for Muse and Best Comedienne for Ennis. Huge congratulations to all the nominees. You’re all winners in our eyes!
Muse Productions are delighted to return one again to the stage this September 15th to 17th with a wonderful piece of theatre titled “A Night in November”. Written by Marie Jones of “Stones in His Pockets” fame, “A Night in November” follows Kenneth Norman McCallister, a Protestant dole clerk working in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He has “cleanly discriminated” against Catholics throughout his life, and indeed he gains much pleasure when he gets accepted into the golf club ahead of his Catholic boss. This continues until he witnesses the hatred directed towards the Catholic supporters of the Republic of Ireland at a 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifying game against Northern Ireland which causes him to question his beliefs and his identity as a British Protestant in Northern Ireland. The play shows how Kenneth deals with his identity crisis through monologues and soliloquies as well as introducing numerous other characters for Kenneth to interact with, all played by the one actor, the multiple award winning Aodan Fox.
Aodan is well known to Shannon audiences for his many roles with Shannon Musical Society, Icarus Drama Group and more recently with Muse Productions. This is a tour de force performance by Aodan, playing multiple roles of all ages and sexes, from Kenneth’s kids, to his wife, her father, their friends and many more besides. Beautifully directed by Ted Germaine this is a treat for all ages, although some of the themes may be too mature for very young children. Muse are delighted to be back once again in Hope Café, where we performed “The Crucible”, and more recently “Love, Loss and What I Wore” and “Closer than Ever”. Once again we are indebted to our sponsors in Shannon Springs Hotel and EI Company, without whose support we simply couldn’t survive.
Tickets are €10 and are available from our new Online Booking System at https://www.ticketsource.eu/muse or indeed by phone at (087) 413 6822 Tickets also available on the door provided we have availability
Finally, two years after our first announcement, we are in a position to move ahead with the fantastic “Our House” Musical originally planned for November 2020. Despite the difficulties posed by the pandemic we still managed three productions, “Billie, Barbara and Sam”, “A Midsummer Nights Dream – Shakespeare in the Park” and “Love Loss and What I Wore” and will also be performing in the Wings Festival later this month with “Closer than Ever- A Musical Revue”. All of this has been made possible by the wonderful support of the community of Shannon, and of our stellar sponsors, particularly Shannon Springs Hotel and EI Company.
“Our House” is a fantastic musical based on the Music of Madness, following the life of young Joe Casey, who on his 16th birthday makes a fateful decision that affects the outcome of his life. We follow “Good Joe” and “Bad Joe” through the two very different paths his life would take, based on one “sliding doors” moment. This is a musical for all the family, with a great moral core in addition to the toe tapping hits of Madness including songs like “Our House”, “It Must be Love”, “My Girl”, “Baggy Trousers”, “Embarrassment” and many more. “Our House” was nominated for three Olivier Awards in 2003 and won “Best New Musical”.
Our production team from “In the Heights” are back once again with Martin McNelis directing, Mary Rose McNally our MD, and recently AIMS nominated choreographer Pam McGlynn returning, assisted by our own Lauren Kate Browne as Dance Captain. Ted Germaine will once again be Stage Manager,
This is an energetic show with great opportunities for both youth and older performers in the adult roles. We will be holding a workshop and auditions in late June and are inviting anyone interested to please contact us and express interest through our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MuseProductionsShannon
“Our House” will take place November 2nd – 5th 2022 in St. Patrick’s Comprehensive School. Auditions will be held in June with Rehearsals starting Late August or early September.
Like every other society in the country, we’re hungry for live performance and tired of Zoom! In anticipation of the accelerated vaccine rollout and the opportunity to potentially return to live theatre, Muse Productions started planning for a Shakespeare in the Park event, performing “A Midsummer Nights Dream” in the town park in Shannon on the weekend before Midsummer night. We knew it would be a close thing, but we’re down to the wire now and all indications are good. We started with readings over Zoom and finalised casting. We then worked with small groups following the guidelines allowed for outdoor gatherings. Luckily, the play is naturally split between 3 main groups, the Mortals, the Fairies and the Mechanicals. We were able to put a rough shape on each group prior to the announcement that 15 people could attend a cultural event outdoors. We then expanded our rehearsals and were lucky enough to have access to a large garden with a 40ft Deck that served as our stage. In recent weeks we have been rehearsing once a week in the Town Park in early morning. The few early risers who passed by have been very enthusiastic about seeing the finished product.
As this is a first for us, we are not charging for the performances. It will be a first come, first served, “pay what you like” approach. We have spent a lot of time dealing with the Shannon Municipal District who have given us a lot of guidance on running outdoor events of this type. Risk assessments, garda presence, first aid, toilet facilities all had to be considered, but as I say we’re on the final straight and everything is looking good. Lets just hope the weather holds!
For the production itself, we have gone back to basics. No set (apart from some camouflage netting), a handful of tables, chairs and props, and a unique styling for each group. The Mortals will be in modern dress, more well to do; the Mechanicals will be variations on denim and the Fairies will look have an eclectic fashion sense picked up from whatever they liked over the last 400 years! No lighting, no microphones, but there will be some music, performed by the fairies and some of the lovers. All in all it should be a fun few evenings for all the family, not to be taken too seriously. And even if it rains, or nobody comes, we’ll have had a couple of months of laughs and socialising that’s been badly missed. And remember, the course of true love never did run smooth! Lord what fools these mortals be!