Avonmore Musical Society - 1979 - 2018 Celebrating 39 years of Musical Theatre in Arklow

3rd November 2018

We're delighted to staging "9 to 5" as our next musical production to be staged next Easter 2018. We have retained our Production Team from last year Stephen Acton(Director), Martina Lynch(Choreographer) & Naoimh Penston(Musical Director). We are also delighted to have Amy Penston join us this year as our Vocal Coach.
Audition information is as above. Lots of parts for Men & Women this year. We  hope to see a great crowd at auditions. 

1st July 2018

Best Wishes to all our members and friends 
who head off to the AIMS Summer School in Thurles.
 Have a great week everyone

1st July 2018
Following our recent AGM the following committee was elected.

Chairman: Rob Donnelly
Secretary: Karen Kavanagh
Treasurer: Kerry Reid
PRO: Colm Moules

Committee Members:
Tomas Byrne, Brian Harty, Gary Joyce, Georgie Nichols, 
Mick Russell & Fiona Walker.

Congratulations and Best Wishes everyone. We are delighted to have Kerry Reid, Mick Russell and Fiona Walker back on to the committee and would like to give a warm welcome to Gary Joyce and Brian Harty who join the committee for the first time. We have a big year ahead as we plan for our 40th Anniversary Show.
Many Thanks and we're sorry to say goodbye to Secretary Josephine Sheehy, Treasurer Denis Connors and committee member Sean Hendley who all stepped down at the AGM. Thanks for all the years of dedicated service to Avonmore Musical Society. We'll miss you lads.

Big Congrats and Well Deserved to 
Naoimh Penston who was named an 
Honorary Life Member of Avonmore Musical Society

AIMS President Seamus Power, Sean Hendley & AIMS VP Rob DonnellyAIMS President Seamus Power, Chris Currid & AIMS VP Rob Donnelly

AIMS President Seamus Power, Naoimh Penston & AIMS VP Rob DonnellyWhat a great weekend in Killarney at the AIMS Awards

Chris Currid was nominated for and won The Best Male Singer Award for playing Judas in our "Jesus Christ Superstar". Our MD Naoimh Penston won the "Spirit of AIMS Award" for her machine like work as Deloris in Carnew Musical Societies "Sister Act" whilst also being Musical Director. And Sean Hendley who played Pilate in our "Jesus Christ Superstar" won the AIMS Award for "Best Comedian" for his role as Franz in Teachers Musical Society production of "The Producers". Congratulations also to our Jesus Rob Vickers who was Runner Up for "Best Male Singer" for playing the same role with the South Eastern Theatre Group in Waterford.

6th April 2018
Three shows in and the feedback has been incredible. Many Thanks for all the compliments and words of support and encouragement. All realy appreciated. Two show left and some tickets still available on www.gr8events.ie/avonmore

21st March 2018
It's nearly showtime. Opening on Tuesday 3rd April and running until Sat 7th April at 8pm nightly. This is probably the biggest show we've undertaken and I'm sure you will all enjoy it. The Production Team of Director Stephen Acton, Musical Director Naoimh Penston and Choreographer Martina Lynch have been working hard with the Cast and Crew to make sure we're ready for Opening Night. You dont want to miss this one. Many Thanks to Paul Kinsella of Arklow Jetting and Drain Maintenance/TurboRodTickets who are once again our Main Sponsors. Bif Thanks also to P Boland Ltd and DNG Somers who are our two Super Sponsors and to all our wonderful Patrons and Sponsors, we couldnt do this without your help and support. Tickets are now on sale online at gr8events.ie/avonmore

08th October 2017

Auditions for "Jesus Christ Superstar"

We are so excited to be performing Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" as our next major production. It will be staged from Tues 3rd to Sat 7th April in St Mary's College Hall, Arklow. Last Friday night 6th October we held our Information Night. Stephen Acton, Naoimh Penston and Martina Lynch spoke to all in attendance and told them them what they were looking for from those auditioning. 
Auditions will be held next Sunday 15th October in St Mary's College from 11am til 2pm. Anyone interested in auditioning is asked to contact Avonmore Secretary Josephine(Jo) Sheehy who will send them a pack with all audition material. We have a lot registered for auditions but we need lots and lots of men so please come on board help us make this show another magical experience for Avonmore and for Arklow. And even though there is only one female leading role we do also need lots of female cast members. We look forward to seeing you all next Sunday.

Even if you are not interested in auditioning but would like to take part please let Jo know. Just drop her an email or text. Many Thanks.

The Contact Details are sheehy.jo@gmail.com or call 0861735360.

16th July 2017

Following our recent AGM the above pictured committee was elected to run the society for the season 2017/18.

Congratulations and Best Wishes to Rob Donnelly (Chairman), Josephine Sheehy (Secretary), Denise Connors (Treasurer), Colm Moules (PRO) and Committee Members Tomas Byrne, Sean Hendley, Karen Kavanagh, Georgie Nichols & Mick Russell. 
We are delighted to report that we now have the society back in the black we are looking forward to an exciting year ahead.
Unfortunately we wont have "Strictly Come Dancing" this year but it will be back.

We have an exciting fundraiser planned and we will bring you news soon.

2nd July 2017
Apologies for not being online recently. Technical issues. But we're back. Only temporarily as still technical issues but the hosting company are looking into it.

Next Sunday 9th July at 7.30 we will be holding our AGM in the Arklow Bay Hotel. All paid up members, transition year of age or older, of the society are invited and asked to attend. We are wrapping up our 2016/17 season and are looking forward to planning our 2017/18 year ahead. Please come along to the meeting and express your views and opinions on Avonmore Musical Society. It is your society.

In the middle of June 22  of us attended the AIMS Awards Weekend in the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney. Over 1200 members of musical societies were in attendance for the Gala Ball and Awards Ceremony. We were delighted to be there to support all the societies, especially the societies in our region, the South East Region of AIMS. We were really excited to be their to cheer on our own Siobhan Fawsitt who played the Widow Corney in our production of "Oliver!". Siobhan was nominated for Best Supporting Actress and was Runner Up on the night. Congratulations Siobhan from all in Avonmore.

24th April 2017
What a great week we've had. 
Thank you to the amazing cast and crew (pictured above). Stephen Acton(Director), Naoimh Penston(Musical Director) and Martina Lynch(Choreographer) put together a wonderful and different version of the Lionel Bart Classic.Great crowds attended all our shows this week. Thank you so much for the support. Special Thanks to our Main Sponsor Paul Kinsella of Arklow Jetting and Drain Maintenance. Big Thanks also to our two Super Sponsors Colin Moore and TopLine P.Boland and all our sponsors for their support.

26th Mar 2017

Tickets going on sale on Monday 27th March
Available online at www.gr8events.ie/avonmore

or ring 0868722010(2pm -4pm)

19th Mar 2017

Getting close now. Director Stephen Acton, Choreographer Martina Lynch and Musical Director Naoimh Penston are working tirelessly with our amazing cast and crew to put the finishing touches to our production of "Oliver!".
Tickets go on sale on Mon 27th. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook and Twitter for all information about ticket sales.

We are also delighted to announce that Paul Kinsella of Arklow Jetting & Drain Maintenance has agreed to be our Main Sponsor for our production of "Oliver!" Many Thanks Paul. We really appreciate it and are looking forward to working with you and Arklow Jetting & Drain Maintenance.

17th Dec 2016

It's been a long time. Hello everyone. Apologies for being out of touch. 
Avonmore are nearly ready to start rehearsing for next major production which is "Oliver!".
Our 2016 production "Evita" was one of our most successful to date. We came 3rd for Best Overall Show at the AIMS Awards. Leah Penston won Best Actress for playing Eva Peron. Stephen Acton was Runner Up for Best Director and Chris Currid was Runner Up again for Best Male Singer.

This year we are performing Lionel Bart's "Oliver!". We are delighted to have our production team of Director Stephen Acton, Musical Director Naoimh Penston and Choreographer Martina Lynch remain for another show. 
We held auditions for "Oliver!" recently and the cast is as follows.

We are extremely proud to announce the cast for our production of Oliver as follows;
Oliver Twist- Conor Christian
Artful Dodger- Luke Andrew Feeney
Fagin- Brian O'Gorman
Nancy- Joanne Logue
Bill Sykes- Sean Hendley 
Mr. Bumble- Sean Fox
Widow Corney- Siobhan Fawsitt
Mr. Sowerberry- Brendan Kenny
Mrs. Sowerberry- Elaine Sweeney
Charlotte Sowerberry- Karla Tracey
Noah Claypole- Jayson Murray
Bet- Anna Kenny 
Mr. Brownlow- Niall Hunter
Old Sally- Kerry Reid
Mrs. Bedwin- Aisling Green Madden
Dr. Grimwig- Rob Donnelly
Charlie Bates- Jake Molloy

Congratulations to all!
Also huge thanks to all who auditioned, the standard was extremely high this year.
Special word of thanks to our production team-Stephen, Naoimh & Martina for all their hard work to date.

"Showstoppers Returns"
After a gap of 7 years "Showstoppers" is back. Our summers concerts featuring songs from the Best West End and Broadway Shows returns. We are delighted to have Naoimh Penston as our Director and with a cast of over 40 members ranging from 4 to a lot older, Naoimh has compiled a programme with Something for everyone. We are performing for two nights in the Arklow Bay Hotel, Mon 25th and Tues 26th July at 8pm nightly. Tickets are on sale now in the Arklow Bay Hotel. €12 for Adults and €10 for children. Love to see lots of our friends there.

AIMS Summer School 2016
Just home from Thurles and the AIMS Summer School. Avonmore was well represented by 10 amazingly talented young people. Some of them attending their first Summer School and sadly for some, due to age, it will be their last. So proud of all of them. Great ambassadors for Avonmore and themselves. Along with 58 other young members of AIMS representing societies from all over the island of Ireland they all ascended on Thurles to enhance their love of musical theatre. The concert tonight was of such a high standard it's hard to believe that it is the result of a couple of days work. Great credit must go to Director Peter Kennedy and Musical Director Mary Rose Mc Nally. For the past 20 years hundreds of talented young people have seen their love of musical theatre blossom under the care and encouragement of Peter and Mary Rose. Two legends in Irish Musical Theatre. And many have gone on to have careers in Musical Theatre in the West End and further afield. And to all the helpers, minders and AIMS summer school committee thank you so much for all you do. Hope everyone involved is so proud of what was achieved this week. The happiness and feel good factor in the room was unmeasurable. The standard is getting better every year. Long may the Summer School continue to thrive. It really is the jewel in AIMS Crown. 
Special congratulations again to all from Avonmore, Emma McGeary, Anna Kenny, Seán O'Keeffe,Stephen WalkerOrlagh SunderlandLaura Condren, Eimear Harper, Sinead ByrneOlivia Sheehy and Aoife Murphy. So so proud of you all. You were all amazing on that stage. xxx(Apologies to Laura. We missed you for the photo. )

Avonmore start to plan for 2017
Following the recent success at the AIMS Awards in Killarney, Avonmore Musical Society are already planning for the season ahead. Although critically acclaimed with good audiences and winning AIMS awards for Best Actress for Leah Penstons portrayal of Evita and 3rd Place for Best Overall Show, sadly “Evita” was not a financial success. We were carrying a loss from last year’s production of “The Witches of Eastwick” which we hoped would clear this year but it was not to be. But not to be down heartened Chairman Rob Donnelly and his newly elected committee of Secretary Jo Sheehy, Treasurer Denise Connors, PRO Colm Moules and committee members Michael Russell, Sean Hendley, Tomas Byrne and Rachel Kealy are already planning for next year’s production with the firm intention of getting the society back in the black. The society are also delighted to have Christine Nolan remain on board as their Social Media Person. Christine takes care of the societies Facebook, Twitter and Website. Avonmore have secured the services again of their production team of Director Stephen Acton, Musical Director Naoimh Penston and Choreographer Martina Lynch and will be announcing next Easters production at the society’s annual Summer BBQ this weekend.
We have two big fundraisers coming up. The now famous “Strictly Come Dancing” returns on October 15 in the Arklow Bay with Martina Lynch again choreographing and instructing all the dancers. Tomas Byrne and Sharon Kenny are the two other vital cogs that help keep “Strictly Come Dancing” running smoothly. Any group or organisation who would like to participate is asked to contact Martina, Tomas or Sharon, or ring 0868722010 or message Avonmore on Facebook for further information. Please contact them asap. They will try to accommodate as many groups as possible but numbers are limited.
Also on Mon 25 and Tues 26 July Avonmore are delighted to bring back “Showstoppers” to the Arklow Bay Hotel. The once annual event and fundraiser for the society returns after a gap of 7 years. Due to popular demand and financial reasons the society are delighted to have Musical Director Naoimh Penston bring back the concerts which always contain the Best West End and Broadway songs. There will be a cast of about 40 taking part aged from 8 upwards and a great night’s entertainment is promised. Rehearsals just started this week and any past members who would like to come on board are asked to ring 0868722010.

We are also delighted to have Amy and Leah Penston perform with in these two concerts before they head back to the UK to start rehearsing for the UK and Irish Tour of West End show “The Commitment’s” which will be in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in October. Avonmore are so proud of the two girls and wish them the very best for the year ahead.

Another Great Year for Avonmore with "Evita".

Although not a financial success, "Evita" was definitely well worth performing. We had great fun staging it , all who seen it seemed to have enjoyed it and we were delighted to receive 3 AIMS Award Nominations.

Leah Penston has been nominated for Best Actress
Chris Currid has been nominated for Best Male Singer
Stephen Acton has been nominated for Best Director

22 members of the society will attend the AIMS Award ceremony next sat 18th June in the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney. Over 1200 people will be there for the event which is the Musical Society's version of The Oscars.
Best Wishes to Leah, Stephen, Chris and all the nominees especially those in the South East Region.

St Patrick's Day Parade

Leah Penston 
sings at our Launch Night

30th March 2016
"We're Off and Rollin"
What an opening night last night. Great performances by all on and off stage.Great reception from the audience and a first night standing ovation. It was well deserved. 
It took a lot of work and dedication to get us to this stage, so congratulations to Stephen Acton, Naoimh Penston and Martina Lynch, (our amazing production team). Well done to Padraig Reid on lights, Barry Ryan and his stage crew, Els Penston and Elaine Sweeney on costumes, Sharon Kavanagh and her team on hair & make up, Jason Fallon on Sound, our MC Jim Furlong & his Front of House Team and our Kitchen Team under the control of Ann Walker.

What an amazing cast. Over 60 of the nicest, hardworking and superbly talented people led from the front by Leah Penston, Chris Currid, Sean Fox, Brian O'Gorman and Eimear Harper.
If you havnt got your tickets yet get them asap. They are rolling out.The booking office is open daily from 12 to 2 in Bridgewater or you can ring 0868722010.

29th February 2016

It's Nearly Showtime

It's that time of year again. 4 weeks to opening night. and tonight Mon 29th Feb we have our official launch in "The Old Ship" at 8pm. All Patron's, Sponsor's, Members, Past Members, Families and Friends are invited. Come along meet the cast and crew, hear a few songs from the show and have the opportunity to buy tickets for the show before they go on public sale this weekend.

Tickets on General Sale Sat 5th March.
We are in Bridgewater at weekends and phone bookings during the week.
We will post times nearer to the weekend.

The booking office number is 

12th December 2015
Avonmore Update: Lots to Report

We've had our auditions and the principal characters have been cast. It took 7 hours of auditions and a long day but we can report the following:

Eva Peron: Leah Penston
Che: Chris Currid
Juan Peron: Sean Fox
Magaldi: Brian O'Gorman
Mistress: Eimear Harper
Little Girl: Holly Prestage

Chorus Rehearsals have started, we're now on a Christmas break and we will restart on Tuesday 5th January.
We still need men and if you are interested contact us on 0868722010 or email our secretary Josephine Sheehy at sheehy.jo@gmail.com.

Arklow Christmas Market

Avonmore will have a stall at the Arklow Christmas Market in Aras Lorcain tomorrow Sunday 13th from 1pm to 5pm.
We will be selling Avonmore Gift Vouchers for €15. These vouchers will be redeemable for tickets to our main show at Easter "Evita". We will also have forms for patrons and sponsors available if people want to get a head start and they would make great Christmas gifts.

"When I Grow Up"
Charity Single

Avonmore are very proud as members of AIMS to be associated with the Christmas Charity Cd "When I Grow Up". The song which has the biggest chorus ever on a charity song, over 2000, has two members of Avonmore listed as vocalists on the track. They are Sean O'Keeffe and Olivia Sheehy. We are so proud of these two young people.

We will also be selling these cd's tomorrow. They are priced
at €2.99. They are also available in Xtravision and on ITunes.

Christmas Carol Singing
& Christmas Party :)

Next Saturday, 19th December,  we will be Carol Singing in the Bridgewater Shopping Centre from 4.30 to 6.30pm. We would love to have as many members there as possible. It's a great social event, helps promote the society and raise some badly needed funds.

And following the Christmas Carol Singing we will be having our Christmas get together. It will be in "The Old Ship". Hope to see lots of you there. Let us know if you can make it. Send us a text on 0868722010.

11th October 2015
Auditions for Evita Sun Nov 1st
We held our information night for "Evita" last Friday, 9th October in "The Breffni". Our Production team of Stephen Acton(Director), Naoimh Penston(Musical Director) and Martina Lynch(Choreographer) were there and gave all present an idea of what they are looking for  audition wise but also their ideas, vision and the way they see the production panning out.
Chairman Rob Donnelly also expressed the excitement felt by the society in taking on such a big production like "Evita" but also the realism of the task ahead. A great few months lie ahead.

Auditions will be held on
 Sun Nov 1st

The parts being auditioned are 
Eva Peron
Juan Peron
Augustin Magaldi
The Mistress
Eva's Family

There will be auditions on a later date for a girl between the ages of 8 and 12. There will also be 7 or 8 other boys and girls needed. More details will be announced in the coming weeks.

For information and Audition pieces please contact our secretary Josephine Sheehy at
or ring 
086-8722010(active from Tuesday)

Rehearsals will commence the last  week in November. 
Everyone 16 years or over(or in transition year) are welcome to take part in the chorus. No audition necessary for chorus.

30th August 2015
Oh What a Night!!!!!

Strictly Coming Dancing 2015

Oh what a night.!!!Congratulations to everyone who took part in "Strictly Come Dancing" in The Arklow Bay Hotel last night. They are all winners and all raising funds for their societies and groups. Thank you to everyone who made the night happen and so special. It's really appreciated. 
David Meyler & Stacey Myler won  "Spirit of Strictly Award".
 Liam O'Neill & Naoimh Penston won the "Judges Award". Shelly Menton & David O'Neill were "Runners Up"


 "Strictly Come Dancing 2015" 
Gerry Brauders & Eimear Harper
Representing "Caveman"

Well done all. Special word of Thanks to our Hosts Jim Furlong and Elaine Sweeney who made the show run without a hitch. And a big shout out to Richie Neary who kept the music flowing, got the crowd going and looked after all the dancers songs. A very special thanks to our two guest judges Paul Pritchard and Mike Murphy.
Thank you to the committee, Main Sponsor Colin Moore, Mary and Eamonn Burke(Trophies), Aidan Ward(St Mary's College), all our prize sponsors, Michael Mordaunt(Transport), Joe Greagsby & Wicklow Audio Systems(Sound), Niall (Deef) Mc Carthy, Sharon Kavanagh the lady who sorts all the hair and make up and to Nicol Hempenstall, Bri-Anne Greene and Lorna Kelty for their help with Hair & Make Up, The Hudson Family and Tina & Staff of The Arklow Bay Hotel, Our Fantastic Front of House Team, Garry O'Neill(Wicklow People), Michael Kelly(Wicklow News.net) and anyone else who helped in any way.

Three Special People were in control of getting"Strictly" from the start to the finish. Thanks Sharon Kenny and Tomas Byrne for getting us here. It's a lot of work, lots unseen, and is really appreciated.

Finally Thank You Martina Lynch who has done so much for us over the past nearly 7 years. She is an amazing young lady whose energy and enthusiasm and belief in peoples abilities to go that extra little bit for the better has no limits. All 20 individual dances plus the Four group dances were all choreographed by Martina.
Hope you are proud of all your dancers. 
They all did you and themselves proud.

6th July 2015

New Committee elected. See committee page.

Also we are delighted to announce that our Main Show for next Easter is "Evita". We are really excited about this show. Keep an eye on the website and Facebook for more details.

21st June 2015
It’s that time of year when we wrap up one season and start planning for the next. We’ve had a great year starting with our Presidential visit to the Aras, our Summer BBQ, Strictly Come Dancing, Carol Singing, our visits to other shows around the country and the main reason for our existence our Easter show “The Witches of Eastwick”. The show was a great success and resulted in our Three Witches, Jennifer Lee, Naoimh Penston and Denise Brennan being nominated for the Spirit of AIMS Award. Last Saturday 34 members were in Killarney for the Awards Ceremony to cheer on the girls. They were runner up for the award and we are really proud of them and all our friends who were nominated and won on the night. Special congratulations to Brian O’Gorman who won The Best Supporting Actor Award and to Paul Laycock and Rory Robinson who won the Best Comedian’s Award.

Now it’s time to push on for next year. We’re having our AGM on Wed 1 July at 8pm upstairs in Murphy’s Lounge. All our members are invited and asked to attend. All info is on the attachment below.
agm notice 2015.docx (DOCX — 18 KB)

5th June 2015
Apologies we've been off line for quite a while.

Roll on AIMS Weekend in Killarney

We had an amazing run with "The Witches of Eastwick". It was very well received by our audiences. It was a more adult themed show than our last few shows and this resulted in smaller numbers coming to see it. However we had great fun and it was a wonderful success. This was down to our hardworking cast and crew and a tireless committee who spent most of the last 12 months working behind the scenes  to bring this show to the stage in Arklow. And already we are hard at work trying to select next years show so keep checking back on the website and we hope to announce our next show at the start of July.

Next weekend we will be attending the AIMS Awards in Killarney. 30 members of the society will be there to cheer on Jennifer Lee, Naoimh Penston and Denise Brennan who have been nominated for "The Spirit of AIMS Award" for their work on "The Witches of Eastwick" and as the Adjudicator put it 'For three selfless performances, blending together as a team in true ensemble playing'. Best Wishes Girls.

We will also be cheering on our Director Bill Stafford who has been nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role of Herod with New Ross in their production of "Jesus Christ Superstar". Bill will be up against Brian O'Gorman who has been nominated in the same category for his role of Charles Guiteau in "Assassins".  

And we will be cheering on Chris Currid in his absence as he is nominated for Best Male Singer for his role of Judas in Oyster Lne's production of "Jesus Christ Superstar". Chris is up against another friend of Avonmore's Dave Latham.

Congratulations to our Darryl, Paul Laycock and Rory Robinson who are nominated for Best Comedian in "Kiss Me Kate".
To John Young and all our friends in Carnew Congratulations on the nominations for "A Christmas Carol". Best wishes and congrats to Shane Fox, Patrick James McElwain and all in Trim on their nominations for "The Addams Family"
I'm sorry if I forgot anyone. Roll on Killarney!!!

Best Wishes to everyone.

See all of our AIMS friends in Killarney. :)

6th April 2015

Opening Night for "The Witches of Eastwick" is Tomorrow

Tickets are still on sale from 0868722010

Here is a taster of what to expect.

It's Gonna Be Great

28th March 2015
Rehearsal Schedule for next week
1pm – 2.30 Dance with the Devil
2.30 – 3.30 Dirty Laundry
3.30 – 4pm Break
4pm Full cast and chorus
There will be a break and finish approx. 10pm
From this day, those depending on transport will be given 30 mins notice to organise a lift home. We cant guarantee a finish time here.
6PM – Dance with the Devil


25th March 2015

now on Sale

Ring 0868722010

March 2015

Rehearsal Schedule for this week
Tonights rehearsal has been communicated to who is needed.   

Tuesday:St Mary's: 7.30 to 10pm. 
                Full Cast(Characters and Chorus) with Bill
                9pm to 10.30 (Three Witches) with Martina

Wed:Martina's Studio: 9pm to 10.30. Three Witches

Thursday:St Mary's: 6.30 to 10pm. 
               Full Chorus with Martina and Mairead.
               Paul Laycock and Michael Pluck needed. 
Will confirm about rest of characters tomorrow night at rehearsal.

Sunday:Martina's Studio. 3pm to 4.30- Three Witches                           4.30 to 6.30- Dirty Laundry                                                       6.30 to 10. - Full Chorus       
               Paul Laycock and Michael Pluck 7.30 to 10.

8th March 2015

Rehearsals are coming on great and the show is just 4 weeks away. We are now looking for sponsors and patrons to help towards the cost of the show. This years show will cost between 35,000 and 40,000. The businesses and people of Arklow have been very good to us over the last 35 years. If you would like to be a sponsor or patron of Avonmore Musical Society click on the below link and maybe one of our packages will suit you.   Patrons & Sponsors

Many Thanks
Rob Donnelly
Chairman Avonmore Musical Society

21st February 2015
Hope you're enjoying your rest. Rehearsal Schedule for next couple of week's is attached. Rehearsals are in St Mary's. Really important that everyone attends rehearsals. Showtime is coming around fast. It's gonna be great!

14th February 2015
Hi all. 
Rehearsal schedule for tomorrow Sunday 15th Feb.
With Martina Lynch in St Mary's College.

5-7 Dance with Devil (10 girls*)(Same girls that rehearsed last Sunday)
6.30 Male Chorus
7.30 – 9.30 All Chorus male and female.

Please attend as this will be the last Chorus rehearsal for a week. Please spread the word. :)

13th February 2015

We are delighted to announce that the part of Darryl has been cast and will be played by Paul Laycock

This is Paul's second time to perform with Avonmore having previously played the part of Benny Southstreet in "Guys and Dolls" in our 30th Anniversary Production in 2009. Welcome back Paul.

04th January 2015
Time to get those Witches Flying

Hi all. Happy New Year. Rehearsals for Lead Characters start next Tuesday 6th Jan at 7.30 in St Mary's College with Bill Stafford.

Chorus Rehearsals will be next Thursday 8th Jan from 7.30 to 9.30 with Mairead Mc Kenna and on Sunday with Martina Lynch from 7pm to 9pm. 
All rehearsals will be in St Mary's. Anyone 16 years of age(or in Transition Year) or over is welcome to join the chorus.

We have still to cast the part of Darryl.Auditions for Darryl are on next Tuesday 6th Jan at 8.45 in St Mary's. 
Anyone who would like to audition for this part is asked to contact us before that night.

11th December 2014

After a long night of auditions on Tuesday 9th of December, in St. Mary’s College, with Bill Stafford, Mairead McKenna and Martina Lynch, Avonmore Musical Society’s ‘The Witches of Eastwick’ has most of its cast. We would like to thank everyone who came along to audition. Everyone who auditioned is extremely talented, which made the production team's job a difficult one. The following roles have been cast: 

Alexandra: Jenny Lee
Jane: Naoimh Penston
Sukie: Denise Brennan
Felicia: Elaine Sweeney
Clyde: Robert Donnelly 
Michael: Michael Pluck
Jennifer: Alison Coyne. 
Darryl: To be announced

Congratulations to all the above. This show has a lot of cameo roles that will be cast during rehearsals, so even if you were not successful in getting one of the roles listed above, please come and join us in January 2015 when rehearsals start. Keep an eye on Facebook or at www.avonmoremusicalsociety.com for details.


3rd December 2014

After a successful information evening for The Witches of Eastwick, you can find all information needed for auditions by clicking HERE. All audition packs are available by contacting Patrick Bracken at 0868722010 or by e-mailing avonmoremusicalsociety@gmail.com 

26th November 2014

Hi everyone just a quick notice to let you know that Avonmore Musical Society are holding an information evening regarding The Witches of Eastwick on Tuesday the 2nd of December in St. Mary's College Arklow at 8pm. Auditions will take place on Tuesday the 9th of December at 7.30pm in St. Mary's College also.

18th November 2014

After much debate over what show is best for Avonmore in 2015, the committee have finally made a decision.

First off we welcome back our production team:

Bill Stafford - Director
Mairead McKenna- Musical Director 
Martina Lynch- Choreographer 

The Wedding
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and lyrics by John Dempsey 
Based on the novel by John Updike and the Warner Bros. Motion Picture 
Music by Dana P. Rowe

In the tiny New England town of Eastwick, Rhode Island, three modern day witches innocently plot and conjure over a heady brew of weak martinis and peanut butter brownies. But when their longings are made flesh in the arrival of one Darryl Van Horne, all hell breaks loose. Quite literally.

Dana Rowe and John Dempsey’s stage musical of the smash hit movie, was originally produced at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and Prince of Wales Theatre by Cameron Mackintosh during 2000 and 2001. The show was re-written for a successful UK tour which starred Marti Pellow.

Audition dates and information will be announced very soon so please keep an eye on our Facebook page and website.

4th August 2014

What next for Avonmore????

2nd August 2014

Year Over, 
A New One About To Begin"

Following our recent AGM, Avonmore MusicalSociety are ready to push on and start planning for our next production. Well done to all the committee who have been reelected and welcome to a few new members. 
The 2013/2014 was another great year for Avonmore finishing up with our AIMS Award winning production of the Irish Premiere of "The Addams Family".

Our committee for the year ahead
Chairman Rob Donnelly, 
Secretary Fiona Walker,
Treasurer Kerry Reid,
PRO Patrick Bracken( welcome back) 
& our committee members 
and a very big warm welcome onto committee to
Here's to a great year ahead.

20th July 2014

On 9th July 2014 five members of Avonmore had the honour of joining 300 members of AIMS (Association of Irish Musical Societies) at a garden party in the Aras at the invitation of President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina. What a wonderful day was had by all there and something our members will never forget. Well done everyone.

(Kerry Reid, Fiona Walker, Rob Donnelly, Tomas Byrne and Colin Moore 
pictured with President Michael D Higgins & his wife Sabina)

14th July 2014

Well done to all the Avonmore girls who were at the AIMS Summer School. So so proud of them all. They were great ambassadors for Avonmore. And they all excelled in the final night concert. Thanks again to Peter Kennedy, Mary Rose Mc Nally and all the helpers and organisers who make the AIMS summer school the success that it is. Long may it continue.

30th June 2014
AIMS Summer School
Best Wishes to all the Avonmore Girls heading off to the week long residential AIMS Summer School in Thurles. We are delighted to send Eimear Harper and Hannah Dillon there on the Avonmore Scholarship. Well deserved girls.
Its great that the Summer school is also being attended by some more very talented Avonmore young ladies, Sarah O'Neilll, Emily Davis, Caitlyn Gaffney and Olivia Sheehy. We know you'll all do us proud. You'll have a great week, learn so much, make some wonderful friends and memories to treasure forever. Enjoy every minute. See you all next friday.

Avonmore Girls on way to Thurles
(L-R Hannah Dillon, Sarah O'Neill, Caitlyn Gaffney, Emily Davis, Olivia Sheehy and Eimear Harper)

16th June 2014

2 AIMS Awards for "The Addams Family"

Back home after what was an amazing weekend in Killarney at the AIMS Awards 2014. 28 members of Avonmore were there with over 1000 others and we had a great time. Great friendships made, renewed and strengthened. The sun shone for the first time in 4 or 5 years and the atmosphere around the Gleneagle Hotel was electric. Well done to Fiona Shirran(Administrator), Vinny  Osbourne(Technical Director), Mo Mc Mahon(Stage Manager) and their teams, Awards Host Tony Finnegan, all members of National Council, staff of the Gleneagle Hotel, members of all musical societies and everyone who helped or was there just to make it a wonderful success and the highlight of the Musical Theatre Year. Roll on 2015.

We won Best Visual Show.
(Costumes, Hair & Make Up and Props)

Well done to Sharon Kavanagh(pictured with AIMS President Olive Melville and Vice President Majella Flanagan), Els Penston, Stacey Myler, Karen Kavanagh, Elaine Sweeney, Sharon Kenny, Nicol Hempenstall and Brid Moloney. So deserved.

I would also like to recognise and thank Tomas Byrne & Mick Russell(Set Design and Construction) and Padraig Reid(Lighting) for their input and contribution to the visual aspect of the show.

We won Best Comedienne
(Sinead Rees as Grandma Addams)

A nice welcome back for Sinead(Pictured with Awards Host Tony Finnegan) after 8 years off the stage. Wow!!

Runner Up for Best Musical Director
(Mairead Mc Kenna)

A huge congratulations to our Musical Director Mairead Mc Kenna (Pictured with AIMS Vice President Majella Flanagan)who was Runner Up in the Best Musical Director category. A massive achievement and one which we are so proud. 


8th June 2014
This time next week we'll be on our way home from Killarney after what I'm sure will be another amazing AIMS Weekend. Bring It On!!!!!!!

Best Wishes to Mairead Mc Kenna our Musical Director and AIMS Nominee Best Musical Director for "The Addams Family"

And Best Wishes to Sinead Rees AIMS Nominee for Best Comedienne for Grandma in "The Addams Family"

Some  members of our Visual Team. AIMS Nominated for the third year in a row.
L - R : Elaine Sweeney, Nicol Hempenstall, Els Penston and Sharon Kavanagh. Missing from photo are Sharon Kenny, Stacey Myler and Karen Kavanagh.
Best Wishes to all our ladies.

4th June 2014
Just over a week away to the highlight of the musical society year, The Aims Award Weekend, when over 1000 members from over 100 musical societies gather together in Killarney for a madcap weekend. 25 members of Avonmore will be there and cant wait. The weelend culminates in the AIMS Awards and Ball on Sat 14th June. But its all about friendships, making them, renewing them, networking, learning, but basically about having fun with 1000 like-minded people.

And it is FUN, FUN FUN :)

Avonmore are proud and delighted to be nominated for 3 AIMS Awards this year. The Addams Family was an amazing experience for everyone so thanks to all involved that made it so special.

Nominations this year are 
Best Comedienne for Sinead Rees for her role as Grandma.

Best Visual Show(Hair & Make Up, Costumes and Props)
Congratulations to Sharon Kavanagh (Hair & Make Up), 
Els Penston (Costumes) 
and Karen Kavanagh & Stacey Myler (Props) 
and to their helpers Elaine Sweeney, Nicol Hempenstall and Sharon Kenny. Well done everyone. 

Best Musical Director for Mairead Mc Kenna.

See you all at AIMS and afterwards to celebrate whatever the outcome. 

AIMS Summer School
We are delighted to be sending two members of the society to the AIMS Summer School this year. Hannah Dillon and Eimear Harper are the recipients of the Pat Hayes Scholarship and will be going to Thurles for the week long residential workshop from Sun 29th June to Fri 4th July 2014.
The workshop is run by AIMS and the Course Director is Peter Kennedy and Musical Director is Rose Mc Nally and covers singing, dancing and acting  skills.

For anyone else interested in going I have attached the application form below.

youthworkshop2014.pdf (PDF — 2 MB)
The Addams Family are ready to move into Arklow

Next Tuesday, 22nd of April we open our Irish Premiere of The Addams Family. The show will run until Sat 26th April. Venue is St Marys College. Show times are 8pm nightly and an extra show on Saturday afternoon starting at 2pm.

Don't  miss it. It's a fantastic show that all the family will enjoy.

There are some tickets still available but they are going fast.
Booking Office number is 0868722010.

Bill Stafford, Mairead Mc Kenna and Martina Lynch have put together a fantastic show. We have an  amazing cast of nearly 40 members who are working so hard to make sure all is ready for opening night.
Barry Ryan and his stage crew will ensure all the technical stuff goes smoothly, Padraig Reid has a wonderful lighting plan for this show. Sharon Kavanagh, Els Penston and Elaine Sweeney are making sure that everyone looks the part. And the set by Mick Russell and Tomas Byrne will blow you all away.

So we'll see you all next week. It's Gonna Be Great. :)

11th April 2014

With just over one week to go we are putting the finishing touches to the Irish Premiere of "The Addams Family". This show is expected to be one of the best shows we have ever staged and is one of the most highly anticipated shows of recent times.

This year’s cast is

Gomez           Brian O'Gorman

Morticia          Leah Penston

Fester             Brendan Kenny

Wednesday   Amy Penston

Grandma       Sinead Rees

Pugsley         Daniel Codd

Lurch              Sean Hendley                        

Mal                  Robert Holden

Alice               Naoimh Penston

Lucas             Aaron Tierney


There are nearly 40 in the cast and along with the hardworking Back Stage and Front of House teams we are working flat out in order to have it ready for the 22 April. The booking office is  open at weekends and is open in the Bridgewater Shopping Centre today Fri 11, Sat 12and Sun 13th. Booking Office number is 086-8722010.

We would like to thank our Main Sponsors The Arklow Chamber of Commerce, Cllr Tommy Annesley, Colin Moore Bookkeeping Solutions and CompuDoc for coming on board this year. 

27th March 2014
The rehearsal schedule for this Sunday, 30th March, in St Mary's College is as follows.

4pm to 5.20   "The Moon and Me": Ciara Geoghan, Natsaha Kealy, Orla Cleary, Kayleigh Enriquez and Caitlyn Gaffney

5.20 to 7pm   "Secrets": Paula Mc Loughlin, Niamh Mc Bride, Emily Davis and Clionadh Byrne

All remaining Chorus and all Principal Characters are in from 7pm to 10pm.
People in "The Moon and Me" and "Secrets" will also be in til 10pm.

26th March 2014
What a day we had on St Patrick's Day. The sun shone, no rain fell and Arklow had one of the biggest crowds and best parades for many a year.
Rob Donnelly led the way as Grand Marshall followed right behind by the cast of the Addams Family and Masquerade Drama Group.
The members of both groups got into the spirit of the day and had fun all along the route.
Avonmore were the winners of the Most Entertaining Group. Well done everyone.

16th March 2014
We're nearly ready for the St Patrick's Day Parade. Our cast love to dress up for the parade. It's always great fun and it's a great opportunity for us to advertise our upcoming show. This year we will be promoting our upcoming production which is the Irish Premiere of "The Addams Family", a show we are really excited about.

This year our Chairman Rob Donnelly has the distinct honour of being the Grand Marshall for the parade. Rob was chosen to represent the Arts through his involvement with Avonmore and the Arklow Drama Group "Masquerade".

Hope to see all our friends and families along the route tomorrow.

Happy St Patrick's Day Everyone.

10th March 2014
Hi All. Full schedule for next few weeks now available. Please study it and if any questions let me know.

5th March 2014
To stage a show like "The Addams Family" will cost around €35,000 and we couldnt do it without the great support of our many patrons and sponsors. Again we are asking for your support.
If you would like to be  a patron or a sponsor click onto our Patron and Sponsors page and see if any of our packages suit you.

4th March 2014

Hi all. The schedule for this week is as follows.

Tonight is full chorus except those listed below. Rehearsal is from 8 to 10pm in Martina's Studio.

Thursday night is 8 to 10pm in Martina's Studio. The following are needed on Thursday only. Tomas Byrne, Rob Donnelly, Mick Russell, Paula Mc Loughlin, Hannah Dillon, Joy Earls, Ciara Geoghan, Cliona Byrne, Eimear Harper, Orla Cleary and Natasha Kelly. If not available on thursday please let us know as Martina will have to pick someone else.

Sunday will be a long rehearsal in Martina's Studio.

Brian O'Gorman 4-5
Full Family 5-7
Chorus 6-8
Some Chorus will be needed until 9.

10th January 2014

Happy New Year Everyone

Now Let's Get Started....

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. Now it's time to get our show on the road. 
The Irish Premiere of 
"The Addams Family"

       Sounds great doesn't it. :)

Chorus Dance Rehearsals will start this Sunday 12th January in Martina's Studio, Studio 55, Main Street, Arklow at 7pm and will be over about 8.45. Everyone 16 years of age or over is welcome to attend. Transition Year Students are also allowed.

The first Dance rehearsal will also be used as an audition for THE ANCESTORS. The Ancestors will consist of 5 couples  ie. 5 men and 5 women who will be very busy during the show with scene changes, intense choreography, singing and dancing etc. 

Chorus Singing Rehearsals will start next Thursday 16th January in St Mary's College with Mairead Mc Kenna at 7.30 and should be over by 9.30. 

Then rehearsals will proceed with every Thursday and Sunday after that.

Bill Stafford will be taking Principal Rehearsals on Tuesday nights from 7.30 to 9.30. We will contact the Principal Characters to let them know when they are needed. The Ancestors will be needed on Tuesdays as well.

Everyone is welcome to join the chorus and to audition for THE ANCESTORS.

We are also still looking for someone to play the part of Lucas, Wednesday's husband to be. We are looking for a man in his early to mid twenties. Audition piece is on Addams Family page. Anyone interested in auditioning for this part is asked to contact us on 086-8722010.

Cant wait to get started.It's gonna be great.

Parts already cast include: 
                        Brian O'Gorman- Gomez

Amy Penston -  Wednesday

Daniel Codd - Pugsley

 Sinead Rees - Grandma

 Sean Hendley - Lurch

 Brendan Kenny - Uncle Fester

 Naoimh Penston - Alice

1st December 2013
Audition pieces for "The Addams Family" are now available to download.
Click onto the "The Addams Family" page or click here. Addams Family 
Official Launch Today 1st Dec
 "The Addams Family"
Today is the day we launch "The Addams Family". Come along to Studio 55, Main Street, Arklow at 8pm tonight to meet the Avonmore committee and production team and hear all about our exciting plans for the
Irish Premiere of "The Addams Family"
which will be staged in St Mary's College Hall, Arklow from Tues 22nd to Sat 26th April 2014. 
Bill, Mairead and Martina will be holding auditions on Tues 17th December and the audition venue, process, and pieces will be discussed later. All audition pieces will be available for download and printing later tonight or early tomorrow morning.
22nd November 2013
Breaking News
It's been a really busy couple of weeeks for Avonmore. We have just staged the amazingly successful "Strictly Come Dancing". Many thanks to Tomas Byrne for organising this years event and to Martina Lynch for all her hard choreographing the dances.
Then just as we were about to get started on our next production we were so lucky to have been given a scary but exciting  opportunity to stage the
 Irish Amateur Premiere of "The Addams Family".
I'm delighted to announce that our production which will take place next Easter from Tues 22nd to Sat 26th April 2013 in St Mary's College Hall will now be the broadway musical "The Addams Family".
Our production team remains the same with Bill Stafford directing, Mairead Mc Kenna as musical director and Martina Lynch as choreographer.
We will be having an official launch in the next 7 to 10 days with the intention of having auditions before christmas.
Keep an eye on the website and the on Facebook.
Join us as we bring Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Lurch, Grandmama, Pugsley, Wednesday, Thing and all The Addams Family to Arklow for a week of scary fun.
Sadly we will not be in a position to refix dates for "Showstoppers" for a variety of reasons and therefore reluctantly we have decided to cancel it for this year. Apologies to everyone who had been taking part and rehearsing and also to all our audience members who were looking forward to it making a  return.
5th August 2013
31st July 2013
Hi All.
Avonmore Musical Society will be holding our
 AGM in Kenny's of The Harbour on Wed 14th August at 8pm.
All paid up members are asked to attend.
All information is in the attached document.
AGM 2013.docx (DOCX — 17 KB)
29th June 2013
Is Back
Avonmore will return this summer after a break of 4 years with "Showstoppers". We will perform for three nights only in the Arklow Bay Hotel from Mon 26th to Wed 28th August 2013. "Showstoppers" features the show stopping numbers from the best West End & Broadway Shows plus lots more. Directed and Musically Directed by Naoimh Penston and Choreographed by Martina Lynch and with the amazing members of Avonmore Musical Society we promise to stage a wonderfully entertaining show suitable for all the family to enjoy.
Avonmore is always looking for new members and if you would like to join us for "Showstoppers" come down to Martina Lynch's "Studio 55" on the Main St  next Thursday 4th July for the first rehearsal. Rehearsal's will be from 8pm to 10pm.
Rehearsal's will be twice a week from the following week.
To take part you must be 16 year's old or over or in Transition Year in school.
Membership fee to take part is €20.
Anyone who took part in "Beauty and the Beast" is exempt as their membership covers them until "Showstoppers" is completed.
Please spread the word and we hope to see you there on Thursday.
Production Team
(Pictured in 2009 "Showstoppers"
Naoimh Penston
 Martina Lynch
20th June 2013
What a weekend we had in Killarney at the HB AIMS Awards.
19 members of the society were there last saturday, 15th June, 
 to celebrate with 1000 other members and friends of AIMS all that is good in musical theatre in Ireland.
We were nominated in two categories this year,
 Best Visual Show and Best Male Singer for Chris Currid.
We were Runners Up in both categories.
Congratulations to Chris, who was also Runner Up in the category of Best Supporting Actor for A Chorus Line with Sheevawn Theatre Group in Bray and to all involved in the visual side of our production of Beauty and the Beast, Els Penston & Brid Maloney (Costumes), Marion Galvin(Props) but especially to our Hair and Make Up lady Sharon Kavanagh who represented us on the night.
We might not have won any awards this year but we had one heck of a great time. 
A lot of new friendships were made and a lot renewed.
Roll on next year. 
Avonmore would like to congratulate all our friends in the South East Region on their successes especially Gorey Musical Society, Wexford Light Opera Society, St Michael's Theatre Group New Ross and Oyster Lane in Wexford.
Chairman Rob Donnelly with Chris Currid & Sharon Kavanagh
Els Penston, Fiona Walker, Leah Penston, Jim Furlong,
Sean Hendley, Martina Lynch, Tomas Byrne & Mick Russell
Ready for the Ball
23rd May 2013
Hi All.
Another Year Nearly Over.
Well what a great time we had with "Disney's Beauty and the Beast".
 It was probably the biggest show we have undertaken and we pulled it off. :) 
The feedback we received from everyone has been amazing. It is still the talk of the town so Thank You to everyone who contributed in any way at all during the year to it's success. 
It was not a financial success but we still hope to get near to breakeven.
Last weekend we were delighted to receive
 Two HB AIMS Award nominations
Best Visual Show & Best Male Singer for Chris Currid.
Congratulations to Chris and to our Visual Team
Els Penston assisted by Brid Maloney(Costumes),
Sharon Kavanagh (Hair and Make Up)
and Marion Galvin (Props)
A special mention also has to go to Mick Russell and Tomas Byrne who built and painted our amazing set and to
Padraig Reid for his amazing Lighting.
The Award ceremony will take place in the INEC in Killarney on Sat 15th June so keep your fingers crossed.
We would also like to congratulate Gorey Musical Society on their Nominations for "All Shook Up", Oyster Lane with "Annie", St Michael's Theatre Group with "The Producers" and Wexford Light Opera Society with "The Witches of Eastwick" which starred our own Naoimh Penston.
Best Wishes to everyone in Killarney.
27th Mar 2013
Avonmore Musical Society present
"Disney's Beauty and the Beast"
(Brendan English driving Denise Brennan and Chris Currid our Beauty and the Beast)
(Picture courtesy Garry O'Neill)
Tues 2nd to Sat 6th April 2013
St Mary's College Hall, Arklow
8pm nightly & matinee on Sat 6th at 2pm
Tickets are on sale in Bridgewater weekdays from 12-2 and weekends from 11-4.
The phone number is 086-8722010.
2nd Feb 2013
Rehearsals well underway
Hi all.
Rehearsals are going really well with most of the cast rehearsing 3 nights a week. "Beauty and the Beast" is a very big show and this amount of rehearsal is warranted. Our production team of Bill Stafford, Mairead Mc Kenna and Martina Lynch are working so hard with our cast and crew to ensure that the magic of Disney is what's on display form Tues 2nd to 6th April.
However it's not just rehearsals that are needed to bring to stage such a big Disney production as "Beauty and the Beast".
Just to remind you all.
Mick Russell and Tomas Byrne are working hard on building our set.
Els Penston assisted by Brid Maloney are sourcing costumes. Sharon Kavanagh will be looking after hair and make-up. Barry Ryan is preparing his stage crew.
Our President Padraig Reid will as usual look after our lighting displays.
Jim Furlong will have his front of house crew ready. 
So all the technical side is coming along nicely.
However again it will cost a lot of money to stage "Beauty and the Beast". We are delighted to have the Fogarty family of Topline Bolands as our Main Sponsor. But it will cost us about €40,000  to stage the show and the Rob and all the committee are currently seeking financial support to cover this amount.
The society are holding a Grand Prize Draw which will take place on the final night of "Beauty and the Beast". Tickets are priced at €2 each or a book of 3 for €5.
Prizes are 1st prize - €500 Cash
                   2nd prize - €100 Voucher for Bridgewater Shopping Centre.
                   3rd prize - €100 Voucher for TRTV
                   4th prize - €100 Voucher for Pettitts.
Tickets are available from most members of the society.
6th Jan 2013
Happy New Year Everyone.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.
It's time to start back rehearsing.
 Curtain Up is on the 2nd April and we've lots to do.
Rehearsals are starting on
 Tues 8th Jan for the Chorus
Tues 15th for Lead Characters.
The rehearsal schedule is below.
Please try to attend all rehearsals.
The committee are working hard on the organising and fundraising for "Beauty and the Beast" and I ask that you help or assist if you can. Lots to be done.
Mick and Tomas are working hard on the set.
Els is working away on costumes.
Padraig is getting lights ready, Jim Furlong is getting his front of house crew organised. Barry is preparing his stage crew. Sound is booked, Orchestra booked and we will all be busy rehearsing for the next three months to make sure we bring the magic of Disney to Arklow.
I'm so excited.
29th Nov 2012
Good Morning. The following are needed for rehearsal tonight (Thursday) at 8pm in Martina's and also on Sunday at 8pm in Martina's.
Aine Dunne, Orla Cleary, Fiona Walker, Natasha Farrant, Lauren Byrne, Sarah Toal Mc Dermott, Seanna Connolly, Kiva Sarah Browne, Hannah Dillon, Kayleigh Enriquez, Cliona Byrne, Aoife Short, Erin Ward, Ailbhe Coleman, Sarah O'Neill, Bronagh Bracken and Niamh Dunne.
All have been notified. 
The rest of the chorus are off until
on Sunday in Martina's. Yes That's
All principals are in next Tuesday at 7.30 in St Mary's with Bill.
All chorus are in next Tuesday with Mairead.
Hope that's ok with everyone.
18th Nov 2012
It is bittersweet that we have to announce that
 Amy Penston will not be performing with Avonmore next Easter. This is due to the fact that Amy is starting a new job that will be taking her out of the country for the next 8 to 9 months. Congratulations Amy from all in Avonmore. It's a fantastic opportunity for Amy and we wish her every success. We'll miss you Amy but we'll see you soon.
We are delighted to announce that Denise Brennanwill be playing the role of Belle in our upcoming production of Beauty and the Beast.
Denise last performed with Avonmore in our 2005 production of "The Hot Mikado" were she played the lead role of
Yum Yum.
We would like to welcome Denise back to Avonmore and we are looking forward to working with her again.
Congratulations to all the participants in last nights "Strictly Come Dancing"especially
 Ciaran Hyland & Tracy Tackas (pictured with Martina Lynch)who won the event representing
Arklow Cancer Support. Congratulations also to
Els Penston and Jonny Butterworth who came second representing
Arklow Rugby Club
 and they also won the judges special prize.
 Another fantastic night for Avonmore with a capacity crowd filling the Bay to support all the dancers and their respective charities and groups.
Special Thanks to Jim Furlong and Elaine Sweeney our presenters, Tim Landers, Fergal Doyle and our very own Martina Lynch(who was also a source of great help to the contestants) our three judges, Richie and John on sound, Brian Brennan and Tina from the Arklow Bay, Mary and Eamonn Burke for sponsoring the trophies and everyone who helped out in anyway to make it the success it was.
But "Strictly Come Dancing" wouldnt have happened without the tireless hard work and effort put in by Tomas Byrne and Niamh Dunne who did an amazing job in organising the whole event.
15th Nov 2012
Rehearsals Start Next Week
Rehearsals for our production of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" start
Venue to be confirmed tomorrow.
All Principals and Chorus are needed.
Principals will start dialogue rehearsals with Bill
and the Chorus will start singing with Mairead.
We need a large chorus for this show so please come along and join us.
Anyone 16 years of age or over is permitted to join.
Transition Year Students are also very welcome.
Rehearsals will be on Tues, Thurs and Sun until the 6th of Dec and then we take a break until the start of January 2013.
We need to know how big our chorus is before Christmas so that we can order costumes and work out how many cast members can be each dance number.
Avonmore would also like to Congratulate
Luke Heffernan who has been cast as Chip.
20th Oct 2012
Chip Auditions Next
There is no childrens chorus in this year's show "Beauty and the Beast" but there is one Child's part available.
We are now looking for one boy between the ages of 8 and 12 to play the part of "Chip".
Auditions for this part will be on Thurs Oct 25th at 6pm in Martina Lynch's Studio 55 which is located on Arklow Main Street(Entrance from Car Park).
Audition information is on the Beauty and the Beastpage.
Please print off and learn the piece of "Human Again" for the audition. Anyone who is interested in auditioning is asked to contact the Avonmore Phone 0868722010.
Voice Message or text message is perfectly acceptable just so we have an idea of numbers for Thursday.
19th Oct 2012
"Beauty and the Beast"
 Cast Announced
The Production team of Bill Stafford, Mairead Mc Kenna and Martina Lynch have been working hard for the last week with auditions and we are delighted to now announce who will play the principle roles in Avonmore's production of "Beauty and the Beast".
Many Thanks to everyone for auditioning.
 Sadly there were not parts for everyone.
Beast : Chris Currid
Gaston :
Le Fou :
Lumiere :
Cogsworth :
Mrs Potts :
Babette :
Maurice :
Madame de la Grande Bouche :
The parts of the silly girls and other smaller roles will be cast during rehearsals.
Now it's official.
We cant wait til Nov 20th until rehearsals begin.
Hope to see priciples and chorus on that night
Principle Roles are as follows:
Belle :
13th Oct 2012
Great turnout for Auditions
Many thanks to all who auditioned. No one cast yet.
Production team still working on it and will be for the next week.
Cast list should be here on website by lunchtime next Friday 19th October.
24th Sept 2012
All audition pieces now on website. Finally!!!!!!!
Hope you can access them easily.
Go to Beauty and the Beast page or clickHERE
I will post audition info for CHIP as soon as I have it.
Hope to see lots of you at auditions. If not at the auditions see you at the start of rehearsals on Tues Nov 22nd.
Please spread the word.
You know it's gonna be great.
20th Sept 2012
I have auditions pieces but it will take me some time to scan and upload but I hope to have it all done tonight.
Please keep checking back.
I have attached the list of audition pieces.
Some Audition Songs now available
on "Beauty and the Beast" page
18th Sept 2012
Adult Auditions will take place on Thurs Oct 11th in St Mary's College starting at 7.30pm.
The parts being auditioned, audition pieces and songs will be on the website by Thurs evening.
Anyone who is over 16(unless in Transition Year in school) is welcome to audition.
Please note that you do not have to audition to take part in the chorus.
There is no childrens chorus in this year's show but there is one Child's part available.We will be looking for one boy between the ages of 8 and 12 to play the part of "Chip".
Auditions for this part will be on Thurs Oct 25th.
Rehearsals will be on Tues, Thurs and Sundays from 7.30 to 9.30pm. They will start on Tues 20th November and continue until Thurs 6th Dec. Then we will restart in earnest in early Jan.
10 Sept 2012
Tale as old as Time
Song as old as Rhyme
Beauty and the Beast
Hello everyone. Apologies for that fact that I have not updated the website in a while (3 months :(....Sorry ).
However I can assure you Avonmore is still very much in existence and raring to go for the year ahead and updates will be regular from now on.
Looking at the the post below it reminds me of the great success that "The Wizard of Oz" was and we have every intention of making next years show as memorable and hopefully as successful.
To bring you up to speed:
We held our AGM in the Arklow Bay Hotel on the 5th July. Last years committee were happy to stay on and were reelected on mass. As we only had 5 members on committee last year it meant we had three vacant places to fill. Lucy Hayes, Sean Hendley and Sharon Kenny all agreed to take the vacant places and our committee for the year ahead is now as follows:
Chairman: Rob Donnelly ( I know....Not again)
Hon Secretary: Fiona Walker
Hon Treasurer: Kerry Reid
Public Relations Officer (P.R.O): Tomas Byrne
Technical Director: Mick Russell
Committee Members:
 Lucy Hayes, Sean Hendley and Sharon Kenny
Our Next Production is going to be
"Beauty and the Beast"
Tues 2nd to Sat 6th April 2013
This is a massive undertaking for Avonmore but a really exciting one and we have plans well underway.
We are delighted to retain the services of Director Bill Stafford, Musical Director Mairead Mc Kenna and Choreographer Martina Lynch. This will be the 4th show together for these three and they have been a joy to work with over the last three years and we know this year will be no different.
I will give you some brief details to keep you going but I will elaborate and give more information really soon.
1) Auditions will be held for main parts on Thursday Oct 11th
2) We will be looking for one boy between the ages of 8 and 11 to play the part of "Chip".
Auditions for this part will be on Thurs Oct 25th.
3) Rehearsals will be on Tues, Thurs and Sundays from 7.30 to 9.30pm. They will start on Tues 20th November and continue until Thurs 6th Dec. Then we will restart in early Jan.
The early start is due to the size of the show, Easter is early next year and all of the cast must be measured for costumes which have to be ordered before Christmas.
"Strictly Come Dancing" is returning on Sat 17th November. More details will be posted soon. Tomas Byrne and Niamh Dunne are organising again so a great night is guaranteed.
Thats all for now. Great to be back.
 Talk to you real soon. I promise!!!!!!
19th June 2012
Success for Avonmore
For the third year in a row Avonmore Musical Society of Arklow had a very successful weekend at the AIMS HB Awards in the INEC in Killarney. 22 members of the society travelled down with 5 nominations for their recent production of "The Wizard of Oz". Avonmore won the Award for Best Stage Management- Manager Barry Ryan (collected by Tomas Byrne) and 2nd place for the Best Overall Show (collected by Rob Donnelly). Amy Penston was runner up in the Best Actress category, Bill Stafford runner up in the Best Director and Avonmore were runner up for Best Visual show (collected by Els Penston).
Last year Amy Penston won the AIMS HB Award for Best Supporting Actress for playing the part of Holly in Avonmore’s “The Wedding Singer” and the Award returns home to the Penston house this year as Amy’s mother Naoimh won the Award this year for playing the part of the Witch in the Talbot & Brady StageBratz production of “Into The Woods” which took place in Bray. This was Naoimh’s second AIMS Award having won the Best Actress Award in 2004 for playing the part of Lola in Avonmore’s production of “Copacabana”. Naoimh was also runner up this year for Best Singer for playing the part of Sally with Wexford Light Opera Society in their production of “Follies”.
Avonmore Chairman Rob Donnelly was delighted with the society’s results at the weekend and said to win the Award for Second place for Best Overall Show is recognition of the amount of hard work that all members of the society put in to bring top quality musical productions to Arklow. He can’t wait to get working on next year’s production.
1.000 people attended the ceremony at the weekend, which is the nearest equivalent we have to the Oscars and despite the awful weather a great weekend was had by all. This brings Avonmore to the end of the current season and following the upcoming AGM it will be full steam ahead as they plan for next Easter.
Chairman Rob Donnelly receiving the award for Second Place for Best Overall show from AIMS President Richard Lavery & AIMS Vice President Olive Melville in the INEC in Killarney last weekend.
21st May 2012
5 HB AIMS Award Nominations
Sean Hendley, Mick Russell and Bill Stafford were in New Ross yesterday for the HB AIMS Award Nominations. What a happy journey they had. Avonmore received 5, yes thats right, 5 nominations from Adjudicator Andrea Rea. We have been nominated for
Best Visual Show(Best Costumes, Props & Hair & Make Up)
Best Stage Management(Barry Ryan Stage Manager)
Best Actress(Amy Penston)
Best Director(Bill Stafford)
What an achievement for Avonmore.
Congratulations to everyone for all their hard work.
Boy was it worth it..
Roll on Saturday 16th June when we will invade Killarney along with 1000 other musical lovers for the HB AIMS Award Ceremony. We intend on having a ball and maybe, just maybe, we'll bring some silverware back home with us.
A special word of congatulations to Naoimh Penston who received 2 nominations this year. WOW!!
Best Supporting Actress (Witch in StageBratz "Into The Woods"
Best Female Singer (Sally Durante in Wexford Light Opera Society's "Follies"
Well done Naoimh
10th May 2012
Best Wishes to
Patrick Bracken & Dave Thomas who celebrate their Civil Partnership today in the Arklow Bay Hotel.
Avonmore would like to congratulate them both and wish them many more years of happiness together.
PS: We'll be there to make sure the celebrations go on and on and on..........
21st April 2012
This time last week we were getting ready for our matinee performance. It was the first matinee Avonmore had performed in nearly 20 years. What a wonderful experience it was. The hall was full of amazing children and their friends and families and it was truly magical to see their reactions to all that happened on stage. They really got drawn into the performance and to feel the atmosphere from the hall as they clapped and sang along was something really special.
We finished our week off on saturday night to another great audience and within 1 hour of finishing the stage was returned as we found it 2 weeks earlier. "The Wizard of OZ" was a great success for Avonmore. It really was a fantastic week in St Mary's.
Thank You to all who worked hard to make it into the success it was.
What would you like us to do next?????????????????
Click on this link & Let us know
14th April 2012
It's the last day. 2 shows to go and it's all over. We've had some journey down our yellow brick road. The Avonmore is one big family with over 100 people working together to make something special happen for 1 week after Easter every year.
Thank you to everyone for all their hard work to make "The Wizard of Oz" happen. I hope you all enjoyed the experience.
We have some tickets available for the last 2 performances. The booking office will not open today because we have the matinee on but you can make phone bookings on 0868722010.
11th April 2012
Well done everyone. A great opening night. You all worked so hard.I hope you all enjoyed it. Congratulations to everyone from front of house to back stage and everywhere inbetween on a job well done.
We had a brilliant crowd last night and hopefully this will continue for the rest of the week.
Please spread the word.
Log onto wicklownews.net to see photos from our dress rehearsal.
7th April 2012
We're nearly there. 2 more rehearsals to go. The work in St Mary's has not stopped all week with everyone working so hard to make "The Wizard of Oz" as magical as possible. We've had a lot of late late nights but it's necessary and we'll rest monday week.
Tomas Byrne and Mick Russell have made a wonderful set to transport us from Kansas to Munchkinland to The Emerald City and some weird and wonderful places in between. We have numerous painters who have added the extra magic onto the sets. Paidraig Reid's Lighting, Els Penston's Costumes, Sharon Kavanagh's Hair and Make Up & Barry Ryans Stage Management all add the final pieces to the jigsaw. And we have our double AIMS Award winning Front of House team under MC Jim Furlongs guidance ensuring evrything runs on time.
However without the hard work of our Production Team of Bill Stafford, Mairead Mc Kenna and Martina Lynch plus our cast who have worked tirelessly it wouldnt be possible. Thanks Everyone.
I personally want to thank Kerry Reid, Fiona Walker, Tomas Byrne and Mick Russell on committee who have spent the last 10 months working on this show. It's time to see the fruits of your labour.
2 Rehearsals to go
Sat 7th April: Jitterbug at 5-30pm
                      Everyone else in at 6pm for hair and makeup. Full run of show tonight.
Sunday 8th April: NO REHEARSAL
Monday 9th: Everyone in at 1pm. Full Hair and Make Up. Full Costume. Full run.
                 We dont know what time we will finish on monday. When show is over on monday, the production team will need to talk to everyone for about an hour so we will send a text to everyone giving an hour's notice when rehearsal is finished so that children can be collected. It should be around 7pm
1st April 2012
It's April Fool's Day and we have a long day's work ahead. Mick Russell, Tomas Byrne and crew worked hard into the early hours this morning on the set and by this evening we should have a good idea of the spectacle that "The Wizard of Oz" will be. Along with Padraig's lights, Els' costumes and Sharon's Make Up not too mention the work by our fantastic production team of Bill, Mairead and Martina plus our amazing cast I promise you "The Wizard of Oz" is a show not to be missed.  Here's to a long day but a good one. See you all later.
31st March 2012
Hi everyone. One week to go. It's time to start putting the finishing touches on the show. We have a very busy week ahead but it's necessary to get the show to the standard that is expected. Please be available every night.
Booking Office open everyday in Bridgewater.
Weekdays 12 - 2pm
Weekends 11am = 4pm
Booking Office Number 086-8722010
Rehearsal for this Sunday 1st April in St Mary's
2pm - Principals
3pm - 10pm All Adult Chorus
6pm - 10pm Childrens Chorus
23rd March 2012
We've had 2 great rehearsals this week. I hope you're all seeing the show coming together. We have 2 weeks now to pull it all together. Keep working hard. It'll be worth it.
Rehearsal for this Sunday 25th March in St Mary's
4pm - 7.30pm Jitterbug
5pm - 7.30pm Everyone in Emerald City
6pm - 7.30pm Kids not already at rehearsal
7.30pm All Principals and Winkies
Hope this makes sense. We are having phone problems but will try and text everyone today but please spread the word if you can.
Booking Office opens this Saturday 24th March in Bridgewater at 11am.
Booking Office number is 086-8722010
18th March 2012
Tomas Byrne (Scarecrow)
Sean Hendley (Tin Man)
Amy Penston (Dorothy)
Patrick Bracken (Lion )
(Toto the Dog)
What an Amazing  St Patrick's Day !!!
The sky eventually cleared and we spent St Patrick's Day the way we normally do by dressing up and taking part in the St Patrick's Day Parade. It always proves a great way of advertising our upcoming show. Yesterday was all the more special as we won the Award for Best Non-Commercial Group and we made our first appearance on RTE News.
Congratulations to The Parade Committee, Jimmy Russell, Denis Naughter and Peter Kearns who organised a wonderful parade which really displayed the marvellous community spirit that exists in the town and surrounding areas.
Many Thanks to all who turned up and walked with us in the Parade.
I hope you all enjoyed it.
Thanks to Lucy and all in P Boland's for their help.
Thanks to Colm Penston for driving and providing us with a PA to play our music.
          Fiona Walker &Tomas Byrne
       (The Wicked Witch & Scarecrow) 
Thanks to Mick Russell and Tomas Byrne for doing, what they always do, whatever is needed to make sure things run smoothly. They never let us down.
A special word of thanks to Els Penston for sourcing and making the great costumes for yesterday &
to Sharon Kavanagh for her amazing work on Make Up.
Congratulations to all our leads who looked stunning and really sold "The Wizard of OZ" for us yesterday.
3 Weeks to go.
I have a feeling "IT'S GONNA BE GREAT"
                                                                          Rob Donnelly      
(Mayor of Munchkinland)
16th March 2012
There are No Rehearsals this Sunday 18th March.
There is rehearsal for some on Monday 19th March and anyone needed has already been informed.
Rehearsals next week will be Wed 21st, Thurs 22nd and Sun 25th in St Marys College. This includes all chorus and principals. Confirmation texts will be sent out on monday with full details.
Over the past 30 years we have received tremendous support from our many patrons and sponsors, for which we are deeply indebted, which enabled us to stage these shows. We are inviting you to help towards these costs by becoming a patron of the society. Patrons receive a ticket/s for the show on the night of their choice and recognition of support in our programme. All patrons will also have the opportunity of booking seats in advance before tickets go on general release.
Patrons forms and Letters are below. If you & your friends or family would like to be a patron please download the forms below and return them with payment  to St Marys by next thurs 22nd march and you can book your tickets before they go on general sale.
Many Thanks for your support
Patrons Sheet 2012.docx (DOCX — 12 KB)
15th March 2012
We have just under 4 weeks to opening night and "The Wizard of Oz" is really starting to come together. There have been production meetings going on and everyone from Front of House, Back Stage, Costumes, Hair and Make Up, Lighting and Sets is working hard to make sure the show will be ready for Tues 10th April.
I have attended 4 rehearsals in the last 2 days and our cast are working really hard with Bill, Mairead and Martina and I know "The Wizard of Oz" will be really special.
To stage this show is going to cost €35,000. A lot of money but necessary to stage the quality of show we wish to perform and the high standard that our audiences expect. To help offset some of this we have some fundraising events on going which I hope you can support.
We have 2 draws underway.
The childrens chorus received a sheet for the 500 to 1 Draw. This sheet consists of 20 lines which are €2 each. The prize is €500 and the draw will be made the week of the show.
The adult cast received books of raffle tickets for our Grand Prize Draw which will take place on the last night of the show. Tickets are €2 each or a book of 3 for €5. The prizes are 1st Prize €500, 2nd Prize €100 Bridgewater Voucher, 3rd Prize €100 Trtv Voucher and 4th Prize €100 Pettitts Voucher.
The tickets for the show will go on sale saturday 24th March in Bridgewater
 Shopping Centre.
 Opening times are 11 to 4 weekends and 12 to 2 weekdays.
Ticket prices are €15 for Down Stairs and €17 for Balcony.
Childrens tickets are priced at €12 for downstairs only.
Booking Office 086-8722010
Rob Donnelly
13th March 2012
Apologies for confusion. Schedule now corrected below. If you are still unsure, contact the Avonmore phone 086 8722010
12th March 2012
Apologies for not updating website sooner but I hope you all were getting the texts about rehearsals
Schedule for this week
Rehearsal on Tues 13th March in St Marys with Bill
7.30pm for Dorothy, Scarecrow, Lion, Tinman, Aunty Em and Uncle Henry, The Trees & Crows
Rehearsal on Wed 14th March in Studio 55 with Mairead and Martina
6pm to 7pm for Poppies (Kids Only)
8pm to 9pm for Jitterbug
9pm to 10pmfor Emerald City (Adults Only)
Rehearsal on Thurs 14th March in Studio 55 with Martina
6pm for Tomas and Amy
Reminder:Avonmore will be walking in theSt Patrick's Day Paradeand we would like as many members as possible to walk with us. If you are available to walk with us let us know by contacting 086-8722010.
26th February 2012
Well done everyone on a great rehearsal today.
Update on rehearsal schedule for the coming week.
The childrens chorus have no rehearsal this week
Rehearsal on Tuesday 28th Feb in Studio 55
7.30pm for Dorothy,Scarecrow, Tinman, Lion and The Crows (Kathy Ann Murphy, Kerry Reid & Rachel Kealy)
8.15pm for The Trees (John Louth, Paula Mc Loughlin & Karen Kavanagh)
Rehearsal on Wednesday 29th Feb in St Mary's
7.30pm to 10pm for All adults including Storm,Munchkinland, Poppies/Snow etc.
Rehearsal on Sunday 4th March in Studio 55
6pm to 8pm for Poppies/Snow, Storm and Jitterbug. Those needed will be told on wed night.
25th February 2012
Rehearsal tomorrow Sun 26th Feb is"Munchkinland only"
This scene involves the children's chorus and most of the adults.
Only those in this scene are needed.
The snow, poppies, storm, trees and crows are not needed and have been informed.
Principals Rehearsal for those needed will be in Studio 55 on Tues 28th.
Chorus Rehearsal will be Wed 29th in St Marys.
All Adults 7.30 to 10pm
Due to Arklow Music Festival being on next Sunday 4th March, and a lot of people being unavailable there will be a change in that days rehearsal.
12th February 2012
We had a great week's rehearsal. The Principals finished their dialogue and the chorus started Munchkinland on wed with Martina. Many thanks to Kerry for helping with singing and warmups in absence of Mairead. It was a great help.
Rehearsals continue this week.
The Principals are in on Tuesday at7.30pm in "Studio 55", on the main street.
Chorus Rehearsal for Munchkinland is on Wednesday in St Mary's with Mairead and Martina.
Childrens Chorus rehearsal is 7.30pm to 9pm
Adults and children who are in the Adult Chorus have rehearsal from 7.30pm to 9.30pm
29th Jan 2012
Rehearsal Schedule for this week:
Wed 1st Feb - Everyone needed at 7.30pm in St Mary's.
This will be Maireads first rehearsal so everyone is needed.
This means all adults and all children.
Rob is finalising schedule with Bill, Martina and Mairead and hopes to have a full schedule for everyone on wed night.
Apologies for delay but there are some quick scene changes in the show which means some people will be in some scenes and not in others. This is proving tricky to sort out. All will be explained on wednesday night. 
However rehearsals will be every Wednesday from now on and will increase to Sundays from 26th of February. All times will be given on Wednesday.
Principal rehearsals will continue to be every tuesday with Bill unless otherwise instructed.
23rd Jan 2012
Rehearsal Schedule for this week:
Wed 25th jan 2012 - Adult chorus at 8pm in Studio 55 with Martina for dancing.  No kids needed this week.
Rest of the schedule will posted up soon.
21st Jan 2012
A great start to rehearsals this week. Bill had his first rehearsal with the principals on tuesday and Martina started with the adult and kids chorus on wednesday. Bill and Martina met on friday and they have made a rehearsal schedule for the next few weeks which should be on the website tomorrow.
Rehearsals will continue with tuesdays for principals and wednesday for chorus. However due to the large number we have, and the structure of the show, the chorus will be split in different scenes. Everyone who is needed for rehearsals this week will be contacted and the information will also be on the website.
We still have  space for adult chorus members and anyone interested in taking part is asked to come along on wednesday night at 8pm to Studio 55, main street, Arklow. However you must be transition year age or over.
13th Jan 2012
Here we go
Rehearsals start next week
Principals Rehearsal :
Tues 17th Jan, St Mary's College, 7.30pm to 10pm
Dorothy, Lion, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Aunt Em, Uncle Henry and The Wicked Witch.
Glinda and The Wizard not needed on tues night.
Childrens Rehearsal and Adult Chorus Rehearsal :
Wed 18th Jan, Studio 55, Main St, Arklow, 7.30pm to 9pm
We will be having a talk with all chorus members at 7.30pm on Wed and we would like a parent/guardian of each of the childrens chorus to stay as well for a little while to receive some information about rehearsals and Avonmore procedures.
We are now looking for adult members for the chorus. You must be aged 16 or over, or in Transition year, and we have no upper limit. New members are always welcome so please spread the word.
Following the rehearsal on Wed night the Production team will be meeting to formulate a rehearsal schedule for the next number of weeks.
We have a lot of work to do to prepare "The Wizard of Oz" for stage but we promise you it will be fun.
Apology for typing error. Well spotted by Niamh Dunne. Thanks Niamh. All details correct now. Hope it didnt confuse anyone.
31st Dec 2011
Happy New Year
to all our Friends and Members
Wishing you all a Wonderful 2012
Roll on
"The Wizard of Oz"
27th Dec 2011
Another Successful "Kats" night in the Arklow Bay Hotel last night. The numbers were small but everyone there was up for a good night and danced away until 2am. Special thanks to Victor Ryan who was our DJ again assisted by his son Kian. We would also like to thank Oisin Molloy and Eamonn Delaney for all their help. And to Kerry Reid, Tomas Byrne and Mick Russell, a big thank you. It wouldnt have happened lads without all your hard work.
Next event Rehearsals for "The Wizard of Oz". Coming Soon.
22nd Dec 2011
Happy Christmas
to all our Members and Friends
Hope you have a wonderful festive season.
See you all at Kats on St Stephen's Night
Rehearsals for "The Wizard of Oz" starting in January.
 Details coming soon.
3rd Dec 2011
Special Alert
December is going to to another great month for Avonmore. We are delighted to announce that we have retained our Main Sponsor P. Boland for another year. The Fogarty family have been great supporters of Avonmore for many years and their support and help has been invaluable to us.
As a Thank You we will be Carol Singing in their store on the Emoclew Rd next Sunday 11th from 2pm to 4pm and on Saturday 17th from 1pm to 3pm.
However we will also be officially launching "The Wizard of Oz" on Sat 17th.
We would like all of our members and friends to be there with us on both days.
"Kats at Kristmas"
St Stephen's Night, 26th December
Kats is being revived again. Following the success of Kats earlier this year we have been inundated with requests to hold the popular 80's disco again.
So on St Stephen's Night "Kats" will return to the Arklow Bay Hotel.
Come out to dance off your Christmas excesses and relive the magic of the 80's.
Doors open 9pm
Tickets are €10 
(On sale from Fri 9th December)
2nd Dec 2011
We had a great night in The Old Ship on thursday night. Many Thanks to all who turned up. We just had 8 teams but the competition was fierce with 5 of the teams tied with just 2 rounds to go. The quiz was won by "The Lullaby League" of Ann Walker,Fiona Walker, Kerry Reid and Sharon Kenny. Well done girls!!!!
It could have been so different if "The Lollipop Guild" got their Warlock lost in Langley, Virginia. (You had to be there. Ask Tomas and Niamh)
28th Nov 2011
The Wizard of Oz Fundraising Quiz
is back on.
It will now take place this
Thursday 1st Dec in The Old Ship.
Tables of 4 are €20.
Please support if you can
14th Nov 2011
"Strictly Come Dancing" was a resounding success last night. Over 500 people crammed into the Arklow Bay Hotel to support the Celebrity Dancers and the Charities & Local Groups they were representing.
The standard of dancing was very high and all the contestants had been rehearsing really hard for the past number of weeks. Congratulations to all the competitors.
Ann Walker representing the Arklow Viking Special Olympics and Avonmore Chairman Rob Donnelly were the overall winners. Marion Galvin representing the Arklow Rocks and her dance partner Tomas Byrne were the runners up.
The presenters for the evening were Jim Furlong and Elaine Sweeney and they ensured the evening went without a hitch. The judges were Proud Prizzy, Martina Lynch and Colm Moules and they were  cheered and booed by the large crowd depending on their scores. Kerry Reid and Mick Russell manned the door and Sean Hendley was also there to help out. Kane Molloy and Amy Penston looked after sound and Society President Padraig Reid was there to keep an eye on proceedings.
Chairman Rob Donnelly thanked Niamh Dunne and Tomas Byrne who were the organisers of the event and said that "Strictly Come Dancing" would not have happened without their drive and determination.
He also thanked Martina Lynch for all her help and for the use of "Studio 55" for all the couples to rehearse in.
11th Nov 2011
Regrettably we had to cancel last night's table quiz. Thanks to those who were there. However due to low numbers the quiz could not go ahead. All those who were there stayed for drinks and we did have a good night. Apologies to Geraldine and Sean Condren from the Old Ship who are great supporters of Avonmore.
9th Nov 2011
Avonmore Musical Society
Table Quiz
The Old Ship
10th Nov 2011
Table of 4 €20
Please support if you can
17th Oct 2011
Avonmore Musical Society present"Strictly Come Dancing" on Sunday Nov 13th at 7pm in The Arklow Bay Hotel. This promises to be a great fun evening with members and friends of various local clubs putting on their dancing shoes to try and win some badly needed funds for their respective clubs.
Click here for more information. "Strictly Come Dancing"
3rd October 201
We have all the human character parts cast. But there is one vital part that is still to be filled.
"The Search for TOTO"
                  is now on
We will have full details on the website next week.
1st October 2011
Apologies everyone. I made one omission from the cast list last night. I have updated the list below.
Paula Mc Loughlin is playing the part of Aunty Em.
Congratulations Paula and I'm sorry.
30th September 2011
"Wizard of Oz"
Cast List Announced
Auditions are over and I am delighted to announce that the production team of Bill, Mairead and Martina have selected who will play the leading Character roles in our production of "The Wizard of Oz". It was a tough job due to the large numbers and quality of those who attended auditions. We are delighted to have this major job done now and look forward to rehearsals in January. There is lots of work to be done between now and then. Please keep an eye on the website for updates on what is going on in Avonmore or pay a visit to our facebook page.
Congratulations to all who were successful 
& Many Thanks to all who came and took part in the audition process.
The Childrens Chorus is being finalised and everyone will be notified tomorrow (Saturday). Over 50 attended the Children's Auditions but sadly only about 30 will be selected.
HERE WE GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
"Wizard of Oz"
Cast List
Dorothy Gale:          Amy Penston
Scarecrow:               Tomas Byrne
Tinman:                  Sean Hendley
The Lion:              Patrick Bracken
Glinda:                    Elaine Sweeney
Uncle Henry:            James Kearon
Aunty Em:           Paula Mc Loughlin
The Wizard:                Ken Moroney
The Wicked Witch:     Fiona Walker
26th September 2011
49 children attended our "Wizard of Oz Workshop" at the weekend in Martina Lynch's fantastic new dance studio "Studio 55". The talent on display was amazing. Sadly we will only be able to take between 25 and 30 into "The Wizard of Oz". This is going to be a tough selection for our production team. Good Luck to everyone next Friday. Many Thanks to Martina and Mairead for running the Workshop. Thanks also to Fiona Walker, Tomas Byrne, Mick Russell and Elaine Sweeney for all their help on the day.
In the meantime it's the adults turn. This Wednesday 28th Sept main character auditions will be held in "Studio 55", entrance from the main street car park, at 7.30pm. Parts being auditioned on the night are Dorothy, The Lion, The Tinman, The Scarecrow, Aunt Em, Uncle Henry, Glinda, The Wicked Witch and The Wizard. Character description and audition pieces are on "The Wizard of Oz" page. Please print off and bring them with you to the auditions.
The format of auditions will be a group reading of the audition pieces and then there will be individual singing auditions in front of the Production team of Bill, Mairead and Martina.
Anyone intending on auditioning is asked to let Fiona know on 086-8722010.
Important note for all taking part in "The Wizard of Oz"
Rehearsals for Adult Principals and Chorus will be every Tues and Wed in Jan and Feb from 8pm to 10pm. Sundays will used as well from the start of March and more rehearsals will be needed nearer showtime. 
Childrens Rehearsals will be every Wed in Jan and Feb from 7pm - 9pm. As with the adults  rehearsals will increase from the start of March.
24th September 2011
"It's Showtime"
(Well we're getting started)
Today we take our first step down the yellow brick road. Our Children's Workshop is taking place today from 4pm - 6pm in "Studio 55",(Main Street, Entrance from Main Street Car Park). Martina and Mairead are all set and ready to go. The purpose of the Workshop is to give children, aged between 8 and 13, who would like to take part in "The Wizard of Oz" an idea of what to expect should they get through the audition. They will be singing and dancing today. The main childrens auditions will take place next Fri 30th Sept in "Studio 55" at 4.30pm.
Admission is €5 and children are asked to bring a photo.
Tomas, Rob and Fiona will be on hand today to answer any questions or queries anyone has about our production of "The Wizard of Oz"
Also a reminder that the auditions for lead character parts is on Next Wed 28th Sept at 7.30pm in "Studio 55". All information is on the "The Wizard of Oz" page.
Please read it carefully.
10th September 2011
Audition Script Pieces and Full Script available on The Wizard of Oz page.
Due to size of files it may take a while to download. We split them up as small as we could.
Many Thanks to Paula Mc Loughlin for all her help.
24th August 2011
Kerry Reid has updated our Child Protection Policy and it is now available to download.
Audition Details are now available on The Wizard of Ozpage.
21st August 2011
We've set up a "Wizard of Oz" page to keep you updated on audition dates and audition pieces. Children are also needed for this show and details for them will also be on this page. So as the week goes on we will keep updating this page
We're really looking forward to this show.
20th August 2011
Avonmore would like to thank all the visitors to our website and facebook pages. Both of these are great ways for us to keep you, our members and friends updated on all Avonmore news.
Most people are familiar with the use of FaceBook, however you can also leave messages here on the website. You can click on Contact Us, Come in for a chat or Guest Book to leave a message. Tell us your ideas or thoughts on Avonmore and help us make our great society even better. All messages will be viewed and considered by the committee. Please leave your name or contact details and we can put you on our contact list and keep you updated on all future events.
We're off to see the Wizard
Tomas Byrne(Scarecrow), Kerry Reid(Wicked Witch) & Fiona Walker(Dorothy) at the launch of Avonmore's "The Wizard Of Oz" which will be staged in Arklow next year from Tues 10th to Sat 14th April 2012.
11th August 2011
The Search For Dorothy Begins.
Bill Stafford finds the RUBY SLIPPERS.
Who will play the part of Dorothy ?????
Bill, Tomas, Niamh, Kerry, Martina and Rob.
   The committee had a meeting tonight with Bill and Martina. We will have Scripts, Score and Audition pieces available on the website in the next week or so. We are looking at  having auditions in September.
Watch this space.
There will be kids needed for this show. The number and ages etc. will also be posted here on the website.
Avonmore Members At The Recent  Launch & BBQ
1st August 2011
Follow The Yellow Brick Road
It's decided, show is picked, the production team is confirmed, rights received and IT'S GONNA BE GREAT.
All of you who attended the very successful weekend BBQ, (Many Thanks Tomas), will have heard and everyone else probably knows by now.
Avonmore Musical Society will present
"The Wizard of OZ"
 from Tues 10th to Sat 14th April 2012.
Bill Stafford will Direct for the 3rd year in a row, Martina Lynch will Choreograph, also for the 3rd time and Mairead Mc Kenna will be Musical Director and Chorus Mistress. This will be Mairead's 10th show with Avonmore.
Audition pieces and dates will be up on website in next week or so.
Watch this space!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
21st July 2011
Avonmore would like to wish Amy Penston every success with "Hear My Song" which is on in The Arklow Bay Hotel next thursday 28th July at 8pm. Tickets are €15. 
Amy is holding this evening of musical theatre and classical music as a fundraiser for her production of "Songs for a New World" which will take place in The Mermaid Theatre in Bray in August. There will be plenty of guest performers on the night and it promises to be a great evenings entertainment. Please go along and support if you can.
Break a Leg Amy!!!!
20th July 2011
Hi all. The new committee met for the first time on tuesday last, 19th July, and are already working hard trying to pick next year's show and production team. We hope to have both finalised in the next few weeks.
Watch this space
9th July 2011
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Mrs Teresa Reid. Mrs Reid is the mother of Avonmore's President Padraig Reid. Mrs Reid has been a supporter of Avonmore's since our inception in 1979.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Padraig and all of the Reid family.
"Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis"
Funeral arrangements
Leaving Sweeney's Funeral home at 5.30pm on Monday 11th July arriving at Church for 6pm.
Funeral mass at 11.30 on Tuesday 12th July and burial afterwards in Tara Hill cemetary.
30th June 2011
 At last nights AGM Avonmore's new committee was elected for the 2011/12 season. A six man committee was proposed and ratified by the members present. The committee is as follows:
                                      Chairman :Rob Donnelly
                                       Hon Secretary: Fiona Walker
                                      Hon Treasurer: Kerry Reid
                                      PRO: Tomas Byrne
                                      Members: Danielle Armstrong & Michael Russell
Rob congratulated the society on another very successful year and spoke of how the society is growing year on year. Avonmore have a wonderful team that is much like a family and works really well together. However he did say that this year was a tough one for Avonmore but he expected next year to be even tougher. The choice of the next show is critical. There is a facility on the website to nominate shows and he asked members for their input in this area. He also asked for support for any upcoming fundraisers that Avonmore holds.
           He had words of great praise for all our many patrons and sponsors for their continued support. And special thanks to the Fogarty family of P. Boland Ltd for their continued support.
25th June 2011
Avonmore's AGM will take place next Wednesday 29th June 2011 upstairs in the Arklow Bay Hotel at 8pm. The AGM is for paid up members only. Anyone who would like any issues raised or discussed, this is your chance. If you cannot attend contact us and we will raise them on your behalf.
Avonmore is Arklow's Musical Society and we are growing year on year because of the hard work and dedication of our members. Please attend this year's AGM and help us move forward for next year.
20th June 2011
Amy Penston - Winner of the Best Actress (Supporting) Award
Jim Furlong (MC) -Winner of Best House Management Award
Martina Lynch - Runner Up in the Best Choreography Award
25 members of Avonmore attended the AIMS HB Awards Ceremony in the INEC in the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney last saturday night the 18th June. They were present with 950 others who were there to cheer on and celebrate the success of another great year for The Association of Irish Musical Societies.
Avonmore were nominated for 3 Awards this year, 1 more than last year when we won the Best Stage Management Award (Stage Manager Barry Ryan) and were runners up in the Best Choreography section (Choreographer Martina Lynch).
Jim Furlong was standing on the stage for the third time in Killarney and he was delighted to lift the Best Front of House Award for the second time. Jim and his wife Bridie were there representing all of Avonmore's dedicated and hard working  Front of House Team.
 Congratulations Jim
Amy Penston was nominated for and won her first AIMS Award, Best Actress (Supporting) on saturday night for her amazing performance of Holly in our production of "The Wedding Singer". A multi talented performer Amy is a young lady with a great career ahead of her on stage.
Congratulations Amy
Avonmore were nominated again this year for Best Choreography (Choreographer Martina Lynch) and were runner up for the second year in a row. "The Wedding Singer" was only Martina's second full musical to choreograph and her second nomination. Thats a great achievement for another of our very valued young members. Martina also celebrated her ** birthday on Saturday in Killarney. "Happy Birthday Martina"
 It's also great testament to the great bunch of members we have in our society who were able to dance and move to all of the routines Martina had choreographed for them.
Congratulations Martina
Avonmore's committee shall and did go to The Ball
Congratulations to all the nominees and winners. Special congratulations to Jonny Holden who won the Best Actor (Supporting) Award for his portrayal of Moritz
in the National Youth Musical Theatre production of "Spring Awakening"
Congratulations Jonny
Avonmore had a great night and a great weekend in Killarney ( despite the rain). Thanks to all involved for making it a very special occassion.
See you all next year.
The Wedding Singer
Tues 26th - Sat 30th April 2011
Rob Donnelly, Niamh Dunne & Tomas Byrne celebrate at the
in New Ross
23rd May 2011
We have been very busy since we finished our production of "The Wedding Singer". No sooner had the show finished and we were back into rehearsals for "From Broadway to the West End". This was a concert we were asked to perform in New  Ross on Sat 21st May as part of the AIMS Choral Festival. 22 of us took part in the concert which was produced by Mairead Mc Kenna and Naoimh Penston. We had a great time in New Ross and the concert was well received.
However better news was to follow.
3 AIMS Award Nominations
 "The Wedding Singer"
              At 1pm on Sunday 22nd May Rob Donnelly, Tomas Byrne, Niamh Dunne, Mick Russell and Bill Stafford sat down in St Michaels Theatre, New Ross, hoping for an AIMS Award nomination for our production of "The Wedding Singer". And they were not disappointed. We received 3 nominations again this year, the same as last year, where we won the award for Best Stage Management and were runners up for Best Choreography and Front of House.
              Jim Furlong and his Front of House Teamhave been nominated for the 3rd time in 4 years and with 1 win and 1 runner up under his belt Jim is hoping to get back to winning ways this year.
                Martina Lynchhas also been nominated again this year for her work as choreographer. This is a great achievment for this young lady. 2 shows and 2 nominations. Well done Martina. Congratulations also go to everyone on stage who performed the choreography. All the rehearsals paid off. Well done everyone.
               The 3rd nomination went toAmy Penston. Amy has been nominated for Best Suporting Actress for her portrayal of Holly. This is Amy's first nomination.
                 Congratulations to all and best wishes in Killarney on Sat 18th June.
 No matter what happens Avonmore are extremely proud of the achievement and we plan on having a big party in Killarney as 23 members of the society will attend the HB AIMS Awards ceremony.
            Congratulations to all the other nominees and best of luck from all in Avonmore.
1st May 2011
Well what a week we had with "The Wedding Singer". We entertained the people of Co.Wicklow and guests from afar. The show was a huge success thanks to the people who came to see it and also down to the support we received from our many sponsors and patrons.
Thanks to our main sponsors again this year the Fogarty Family of P.Boland Ltd. Also, a big thank you to Sr. Sior and the Board of Management of St. Mary's College, Arklow for allowing us to use their hall.
Thanks to all who helped out during the week of the show, I wont list names for fear of leaving people out but you guys know who you are.
A big thank you to Dave Thomas from Dtmedia Ireland for designing the poster.
Thanks to Mick Russell for all his hard work and of course to Siobhan for letting us have him for the last number of weeks.
Well done to Tomas Byrne on designing a great set.
Thank you Mairead McKenna, Martina Lynch and Bill Stafford, our brilliant production team. To Barry Ryan and his back stage crew, very slick work. To Jim Furlong and the front of house team, what can we say. Fantastic !!!
And of course finally a job well done to the cast of "The Wedding Singer", you are all amazing people.
Here's to a job well done and we hope to see you all for our production of ************ in 2012!!!!
The AGM will be on in a few weeks. Details will be finalised in the next few days. We'll be in touch.
Please let us know in the meantime what you would like Avonmore to perform next year. Leave a message on the website or text us at 086-8722010.
Here is a few pictures for you all taken at rehearsals.
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Let us know your thoughts on Avonmore.
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We will try to get all ideas posted on the same day we receive them.
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