THE cast of Clara Musical Society got a major boost during last Monday night’s rehearsal for their upcoming production of ‘Mel Brook’s’ hilarious musical comedy ‘The Producers’, when it was announced that they have been invited to perform at this years ‘Waterford International Festival of Light Opera’ on Friday, May 4.
The news has definitely made the cast more determined to raise the standards of this years production even higher before they open on Tuesday, March 27 in the GAA centre Clara for a five night run finishing on Saturday, March 31.
But unlike other years, rehearsals will then continue for another four weeks before their competition night at the newly refurbished Theatre Royal, Waterford.
The full festival programme has not yet been released so Clara have no idea what other groups they will compete against but they’re unlikely to care as it is a great honour to be invited. The last time a midland based society performed in the Festival was 1994 when Athlone MS staged ‘West side story’.
Societies have to have reached a high standard of excellence to gain an invitation. The Waterford festival committee usually choose AIMS award nominated shows and Clara’s success with ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (seven nominations including ‘best overall show’) two years ago brought the group to their attention. A festival scout attended last years production of ‘Curtains’ and was very impressed. The society secretary was asked to submit a DVD of that production for the festival committee to view and an invite followed.
Up to sixty cast and crew will head to the south east for what promises to be a great weekend which will no doubt bring back memories of the great days of ‘Tops of the Town’ when the Clara Cast and Crew toured the country to perform with a huge number of supporters in tow. A full preview of the Clara run of ‘The Producers’ will be published in next weeks paper.