Kildare Musical Societies get set for ‘Oscars’

Orla Murphy, Sue Kelly and Siofra Dempsey of Naas Musical Society at the 2011 AIMS awards in Killarney. Photo: Aishling Conway.
Several Kildare musical societies have featured in the nominations for the Oscars of musical theatre.

Several Kildare musical societies have featured in the nominations for the Oscars of musical theatre.

The Association of Irish Musical Societies (AIMS) announced the nominations for theIR annual awards at the recent AIMS choral festival in New Ross.

LARK Kildare was nominated for Best Visual for their production of The Wizard of Oz.

Aideen Leacy of Newbridge Musical Society WAS nominated for Best Comedienne for her turn as Natalie/Ed in All Shook Up, and castmate Phil MacSheoinin WAS nominated for Best Comedian for his part as Dennis.

Naas Musical Society also featured prominently with Aidan Donoghue being nominated as best comedianAND Julie Donnelly as best comedienne for their recent production of Me and My Girl.

The choreography by Deirdre Browne also earned the show a nomination in that category.

Mona Conroy of Naas Musical Society has been nominated for a Spirit of AIMS/Adjudicator’s Special Award for her performance as The Duchess in Me and My Girl.

Clane Musical Society’s production of Sweeney Todd also earned a number of nominations. Helena Begley was nominated as best actress for her portrayal of the part of Mrs Lovette. Rory Dunne was nominated as best male singer for his part of Sweeney Todd.

Dave McGauran was nominated for best musical director and Sweeney Todd was nominated for best overall show.

The winners will be announced at the upcoming AIMS/HB awards banquet.This gala night will be held in Killarney, Co Kerry, next Saturday, June 15.