The 2017/18 season marked the 35th anniversary of the establishment of Kilmacud Musical Society. Since our foundation in 1982, the members of Kilmacud Musical Society have been staging successful shows and enjoying every minute of our time in rehearsal and on stage and this season was no exception.
In November we took to the stage of dlr Mill Theatre for our first show of the season, ‘Hammerstein to Hamilton- A Story of Successful Musicals’. This was an original story scripted and directed by one of our own members, Gillian Lynch. Gillian, along with Geoff Woods (MD) and Rachel Sheahan (choreographer) put us through our paces in rehearsal and ensured that we were very well prepared for when the curtain went up. The show told the story of well known musicals and their makers that, through the ages, changed the course of musical theatre history and gave our members a chance to perform across many genres, such as singing, dancing, drama and comedy. Needless to say, both our members and our audiences loved every minute of the show.
After a well earned break, we were back in rehearsals for our March musical, Funny Girl. The rights to Funny Girl rarely become available to amateur societies so you can imagine our excitement to be the first Irish amateur society to stage this show in over fifteen years. We were in very capable hands with our production team of Paul Fay (director), Rachel Sheahan (choreographer), Bryan Mullan (MD) and Sofia Arkelid (costumes) and the months of hard work paid off when show week arrived. Despite snow storm Emma doing her best to keep us out of the theatre, we refused to let her rain on our parade and we made it to the stage of the Mill theatre for opening night. A truly fantastic and memorable week was had by everybody involved with the show.
A big birthday is a cause for reflection on times gone by and when we took a step back and considered how much work goes in to just one season for KMS, it is quite inspiring to think of the number of people who have given up their personal time over 35 seasons to support this society, both off and onstage, to help it succeed and thrive. We felt that all of the work that goes into delivering a great show and all the joy that we get from staging a great show, not to mention 35 years worth of great shows, deserves celebration. As such, we could not let our 35th anniversary pass without marking the occasion. We took the opportunity to do this in April by holding a gala dinner dance for our current, former and founding members as well as friends of the society. This gave us a chance to catch up with old friends, make some new ones, to reminisce on our favourite shows throughout the years and of course to do what we do best, sing and dance.
Our 35th season was wonderful and we look forward to many more superb seasons ahead.