TO BROADWAY AND BACK - Scoil Chríost Rí, Portlaoise

The TY’s of Scoil Chríost Rí, Portlaoise and St. Mary’s CBS have once again put on an outstanding show.

To Broadway and Back” was put on in the Dunamaise theatre to sell-out crowds on the 24th, 25th and 26th of April.

From Fame and Cabaret to West Side Story and Wicked, this year’s show offered more dancing, singing, acting and comedy than ever seen before. Not only did the students perform songs from some of Broadways most popular musicals they also performed some of the latest hits from the music’s most popular, from the swing of Olly Murs to the soul of Florence and the Machine.

The show went down a storm with a standing ovation every single night. But this success did not come without a lot of hard work. Rehearsals began months ago with director Karen Hackett putting in immense effort to come up with an outstanding show.

Choreography was taught and learned and then over time perfected. On the 10th of March a group of the cast got the chance to experience an amazing dance workshop choreographed by Sean Hackett and accompanied by director Karen Hackett.

Sean has featured in London’s West End shows such as Cabaret, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and more. Sean has been performing for 10 years in London and his extreme talent was very useful in the staging of our show.

The Easter holidays were also spent vigorously rehearsing everything from the show.

This was when our show really started to take shape.

Hours were spent perfecting everything and making sure that our show would run smoothly.



As show time came nearer and nearer more and more rehearsal time was added. Saturdays and Sundays were spent in St. Paul’s primary school running the whole show to put the finishing touches on. It then came time to hit the Dunamaise.

On Monday the 23rd the entire cast were in the Dunamaise to stage the dress rehearsal. This was our last chance to fix any little problems and to put the finishing touches to our show. The next morning everyone was in at 9 and the excitement began.

Nerves were high, as hair was curled, costumes were put on and make was applied (even on the boys). As the curtains opened everyone was on a high and the singing and dancing got into full swing. The first show went very well.

Throughout the week the shows were a hit with every audience, and the buzz and energy grew with every show that went by. The cast became more confident and the immense talent of our super cast shone. The final show was one of mixed emotions. The buzz and excitement still existed but there was an underlying feeling of disappointment as nobody wanted the week to be over.

Our final show was incredible and was an outstanding end to what had been and unforgettable week for all involved.

It is safe to say that “to Broadway and Back” was a huge success. It was a week that all the cast will never forget and was an experience that was the highlight of TY for all.

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