‘Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?’ our Transition Year Production this year is based on that musical (you know the one) by Lerner and Loewe, which is, in turn, based on Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. It was a stunning success and played to packed houses on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th of March. Niamh O’Sullivan was a truly splendid Eliza who is ‘transformed’ by the tuition of Prof Henry Higgins from a humble flower seller into a lady who can take her place in high society. Higgins was ably played by Emily O’Mahony who brilliantly captured the curious detachment of the professor; a most confident actress, Emily worked really well with Fiona Sexton who gave a lovely rendition of Col Pickering. Nicole Murphy played the lovelorn Freddie Eynsford-Hill with an endearing mix of perkiness and pathos. Sinead O’Halloran wowed the audience each night with her playing of Alfred P Doolittle, Eliza’s errant father; she belted out ‘I’m getting married in the morning’ with a gusto that delighted all present and was greatly assisted by the comedic talents of Rachel Willis and Kellie Higgins as Harry and Jamie.
The show was expertly choreographed by Caoimhe Driscoll and costumed, with her usual, unerring eye for detail, by Mrs Rose Motherway, splendidly supported by the talents of seamstress Ms Sandra Lane. Ms Catherine Hennessy organised groups of students to design and manufacture many of the props and backdrops to a very high standard. Ms Cassidy and Ms Harrington looked after lighting; Mr Jim Healy, sound.
‘Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?’ was directed, with great subtlety by Mr Paul Finn and Ms Laura Kelleher; their use of stage space and arrangement of tableaux were highly effective. Musical Director was Mrs Rose Beecher and all the great songs from this famous show were brilliantly presented. During rehearsal Father Nicholas Motherway accompanied the singers and his fine playing wafted daily through the corridors of our school. In performance, Ms Pat Sheehan played piano with great brio and she was beautifully assisted by Ms Ciara Glasheen, flautist.
This show was a great success because it was a combination of all the talents available in Transition Year; apart from the singers and actors, some students looked after hair, props and costumes; others make-up; still more dealt with scene changes or worked backstage. Great credit to Hannah Hoban and Sarah Kelleher who jointly stage managed the show. It was a memorable experience for all concerned.