September 20, 2010

The Sound of Music

The long process of auditioning is completed and it is full steam ahead with rehearsals: learning lines, learning music and getting the moves.

This classic Rogers and Hammerstein show is based on the real life story of the Von Trapp family and is set in Austria at the time of the Second World War. Each and every song in the show is so familiar: “Doe, a Deer”, My Favourite Things”, “Climb Every Mountain” and “Edleweiss”.

A new departure this year, given the nature of the cast list, was to go to Scoil Angela and seek out pupils to play the roles of the two smallest Von Trapp children, namely Marta (aged 7) and Gretl (aged 5). Scoil Angela did not disappoint and Casey Kerwick and Caoimhe Ryan will alternate in the role of Marta and Avril Macken and Niamh Heffernan will alternate in the role of Gretl.

The other parts are as follows:

Captain Von Trapp – Fiona O’ Sullivan

Maria Rainer – Alison Burns

Liesl – Gillian O’ Donovan / Rachel Williams

Louisa: Lisa Fogarty / Roisin Comerford

Friederich – Susie Hanly

Kurt – Ava Meagher

Brigitta – Maeve Lewis / Maeve Carew

Max – Lily Cantillon

Baroness Elsa – Orlaith O’ Sullivan

Mothe Abbess – Georgina O’ Brien

Sisters Berthe, Margaretta, Sophia and Ursula – Gwen Fitzpatrick, Anna Crotty, Ruth Atkins and Susan Lowry

Franz – Paula Farrell

Frau Schmidt – Grainne White

Herr Zeller – Eibhlin Ryan

Von Schreiber – Phillippa Bourke

The show will open on October 16 and will continue to October 21.

Transition Years

The two groups of TY students have settled well down to their tasks. They are testing the markets with a view to establishing their mini-companies, getting involved in different physical activities and of course they are all involved in the most important Community Care programme. They will have a break shortly as they head to Killaloe for a day of outdoor activities.


The training and trial sessions are almost at an end and the many hockey teams are being chosen. The Junior A and B teams had challenge matches against Kilkenny College recently and both teams performed well and put four and five goals respectively past the opponents’ goalie. The Senior A will travel to Kilkenny and take on the same opposition this week and all should then be in palce for the demands of the League and Cup season.

The Senior Gaelic Football team have already had one competitive outing against St Anne’s in Tipperary which they won convincingly – a good start to the season.

Written By Nora Tuohy

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