Jonathan Gleeson as Bill Snibson & Michelle O'Connell as Sally Smith in the 2011 production of 'Me and My Girl.' staged by Thurles Musical Society
Thurles Musical Society will launch it’s history book ‘Stage to Page – A History of Thurles Musical Society,‘ on Sunday October 30th in the Anner Hotel, as part of this great Societies 60th anniversary celebrations.
An open invitation is being extended to everyone to attend this Gala Event, which will feature entertainment from current Society members, to reflect the type of shows undertaken down through six decades, with plenty of chat, music, song and dance to follow later.
The book – a 330 page full colour publication – has been written and edited by the Society’s PRO, Noel Dundon and contains one thousand photos taken throughout the six decades of musical theatre in this the Cathedral Town.
This excellent publication charts the Society’s growth from its inception, through the formative years, to the modern day where an energetic, enthusiastic and musical loving company continue to carry the flame first lit by our late founding father, Rev Canon William Noonan.
The book delves into the reasons behind the establishment of the Society; those responsible for it’s formation; and all those who have continued to pursue musical theatre excellence, during the decades since.
There are sections on the impact of the Association of Irish Musical Society on TMS and vice versa. There are comprehensive pen pictures on all our Honorary Life members – living and dead, and there are also chapters on the people behind the major and most popular musicals, staged down through the decades.
Each show, undertaken by the Society, is detailed in this wonderful publication, with everyone who ever set foot on stage, helped out backstage, or worked in any way for the Society, included, in so far as is possible. The ‘Minute Books,’ have been trawled through; the newspaper archives raided; and many closets and attics in Thurles emptied in a bid to dig up photographs. The result is a resounding success with many photographs contained in the book, never seen before in any public forum.
The evening kicks off at 8:00pm with a cheese and wine reception to be followed by the Society’s chorus taking on a number of popular arias, book launch by the President of the Association of Irish Musical Societies (AIMS) Mary Heaney, and great fun thereafter.
There is no entry fee for this Bank Holiday Sunday evening of rich entertainment and an open invitation is being extended to all to come along.
The book, which is truly value for money – the perfect coffee table or waiting room read – the perfect Christmas present for friends abroad, will be available in local shops and on the night, retailing at just €20 (Hardback) and €15 (Paperback).
Happy sixtieth birthday Thurles Musical Society and thank you for all those years of wonderful entertainment and music.
Photo courtesy of G.Willoughby.