Students at Piper’s Hill College in Naas will stage a musical featuring the music of Elvis Presley at the school this Thursday and Friday night (8pm), writes Paul O’Meara.
It’s a musical history based on the life and music of one of the most revered and iconic artists in musical history.
“This music appeals to every generation and I’m looking forward to a great response. The production is a celebration of the musical and artistic talent nurtured in the school,” said principal Colm O’Connor.
He paid tribute to the work of teachers who he said worked hard for the production giving up so much time after school, over weekends and during the mid-term break.
“This is an important vehicle for enhancing and enriching the student/teacher relationship, which is the very cornerstone of every thriving school,” added Mr. O’Connor, thanking staff who worked behind the scenes constructing and painting and sets and props as well as procuring costumes and selling tickets.
The production is set in a small, sleepy American town in the 1950s where all things fun and music are outlawed.
It follows tomboy mechanic Natalie’s dream of leaving for a more adventurous life and Chad, the typical bad boy, who rocks into the town on a motorbike and the people who surround them on their journey to help the townspeople discover the magic of romance and the power of rock and roll.
The production team is Aine O’Connor (director), Olivia Roche (musical director), Rachael Rafferty and Yvonne Rouse (choreographers) and Antoinette Barrett (producer).