Spring Awakening Wins Waterford Festival of Light Opera

After what can only be described as a sensational 10 night run in The Helix Theatre in Dublin last September, it was a foregone conclusion that the cast of NYMT‘s Spring Awakening would be invited to compete in this year’s Waterford International Festival of Light Opera 2010, latter celebrating their 50th anniversary this year.

This unbelievably talented cast, under the direction of John Donnelly and which included top Tipperary performers Chris Britton, Ed Leamy and Shane Willoughby, latter playing the role of ‘Georg’, like Julius Caesar, came, performed and conquered.

Amongst the awards at last night’s banquet in Waterford the cast of Spring Awakening walked off with awards for; Best Lighting, Best Costumes, Best Set, The Special Adjudicators Award, Best Musical Direction and the much coveted Best Overall Show Award for this year’s Waterford International Festival of Light Opera.

Adjudicator for this year’s Waterford International Festival of Light Opera was Tony Finnegan, holder of many comedy, acting, singing and directing awards to his own credit, including directing the World Premier of ‘Requiem for Julie ‘ in the Rupert Guinness Theatre, Dublin and author of the children’s musical, ‘Once Upon a Nursery Rhyme ‘, which was premiered in Northern Ireland in 2000.

Running from November 2nd – 13th and showcasing productions from award winning amateur musical societies at home and abroad, this festival takes place each year in the very stylish and newly refurbished Theatre Royal in Waterford city.

Affectionately known as the “mother of all festivals,” the Waterford International Festival of Light Opera is the premier event of its kind in these islands.

The line-up this year included Seussical The Musical, NunsensePirates of Penzance and Jekyll & Hyde. There was also homage to the 80’s with The Wedding Singer, the afore mentioned Irish premiere of Spring Awakening and the Festival closed yesterday with Sweeney Todd.

All in all, it was one of the most adventurous line ups in years and worthy of their 50th anniversary celebration.

Here’s to the next 50 years.


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