Kildare groups bag national AIMS awards

Helena Reynolds, winner of the Best Actress award at the AIMS finals with her dad John in Clane on Sunday evening. Photo: Dessie Boland.
Members of Clane, Naas and Newbridge Musical Society all won awards at the AIMS/HB Awards last Saturday night in the INEC, Gleneagle’s Hotel in Killarney.

Members of Clane, Naas and Newbridge Musical Society all won awards at the AIMS/HB Awards last Saturday night in the INEC, Gleneagle’s Hotel in Killarney.

A contingent from Kildare were amongst the 1,000 strong crowd at the venue for what are effectively the Oscars of the musical theatre scene in Ireland.

The awards were won for their production of Sweeney Todd.

Best Actress in a Leading Role went to Helena Reynolds Begley who played the part of Mrs. Lovett.

Rory Dunne who played the part of Sweeney won Best Male Singer and the society also won the Best Musical Director Award for Dave McGauran as Musical Director.

Phil Mac Sheoinin, who played Dennis in Newbridge Musical Society’s production of All Shook Up won an award for Best Comedian.

Naas Musical Society came away with two awards from their production of Me and My Girl. Mona Conroy won the Spirit of AIMS/Adjudicator’s Special Award and Deirdre Browne won for her technical expertise.

Several other Kildare groups were nominated on the night - LARK Kildare was nominated for Best Visual for their production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’.

Newbridge Musical Society’s Aideen Lacey was nominated as Best Comedienne and Naas’s Aidan Donoghue was nominated as best comedian while Julie Donnelly was also nominated for best comedienne.

- Conor McHugh