Music lovers, its another year, another reason to get excited about Phoenix Productions. Thurles town’s premier youth musical theatre company are preparing to take to the stage this February with their annual fund raising cabaret entitled, ‘You Can’t Stop the Beat’. After several successful years of productions in the Thurles Sarsfield’s Social Centre, this year the company are set to take on a larger venue in which to perform and what every local will agree is their true spiritual home, namely the newly renovated Premier Hall.
The format and composition of these annual cabarets, produced by Phoenix, is quite simple. Each cabaret is a showcase of both new and more traditional musical theatre. But perhaps most importantly, they are a unique medium to show off the exceptional range and diversity of musical talent exhibited by the town’s more than gifted young adults. This year’s cabaret promises to be one of the most exciting in years. Traditional purists out there will know every step and every note of classics like Oklahoma, Bugsy Malone, Anything Goes and that little known show called Grease.
Last year’s mega success ‘High School Musical’ deserves a second outing for this cabaret, with exerpts from ‘Hairspray’ and ‘Billy Elliott The Musical’ making their respective debuts in this musical mad town called Thurles. Of course Hairspray and Billy Elliott have had the benefit of being moulded by big Hollywood movie magic over the last decade or so, but their place on the live stage is still as emotionaly poignant and as electrically charged as anything that can ever emanate from the silver screen.
‘You Can’t Stop The Beat’ is the first Phoenix Production, post their 10 year celebrations and by its own admission, has a massive legacy to uphold as it begins the companies second decade. ‘You Can’t Stop the Beat’, takes place in The Premier Hall, Friday and Saturday the 20th and 21st of February next. Do yourself a favour and be there from the very beginning of decade number two. This group are simply too good to miss, this group Phoenix continues to amaze and surprise.
Mark the calender folks:
Date: Friday and Saturday 20th and 21st February 2009
Venue: Premier Hall, Thurles, Co.Tipperary.
Wrap up well and we will see you in February.