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List of CentreStage pantos to date...

1998 Down to the Woods 1999 Nevereverland 2000 Beauty and the Beast 2001 Snowwhite.com 2002 Cinderella 2003 Down to the Woods 2004 Aladdin 2005 Beauty and the Beast 2006 Jack and the Beanstalk 2007 Cinderella 2008 Nevereverland 2009 Snowwhite.com 2010 Beauty & the Beast

Beauty & The Beast Belle is the prettiest girl in the village, or any village for that matter. Her sisters, Bar bie and Sindy, are not even slightly pretty. In fact they are pretty ugly. Like all ugly sisters, Bar bie and Sindy are jealous, mean and spiteful. It’s little wonder that their father, the (not very goo d) inventor, Professor Fizzbang, tries to get away fro m them as much as possible. On a business trip to Dromouldy Castle, Fizzbang picks a rose for Belle and lan ds everyone in a basket-full of trouble. After encoun tering a collection of animated furniture and crockery, Fizzbang is forced to send Belle to live in the castle to appease an ugly Beast who lives there. At the castle, Belle is treated with great kindness by the Beast, even if his nightly proposals of marriage are a bit embarrassing and she keeps an eye on her father by means of a magic mirror. Before long, however, Belle begins to mis s her father, and even her ugly sisters (a bit) and so the kindly Beast, lets her go back home for a visit. The joyful reunion is spoilt when Belle’s other suitor, the evil Joey Diablo, along with his slimy sidekick Sly, use the magic mirror for their own dastardly purposes - they plot to kill the bea st. In the end, it will take all the magic of a (slightly off course) Fairy Godmother, to arrange a trad itional happy ending. With magic mirrors, talking candle sticks and magic teapots, Beauty and the Beast is the most magical panto ever.


Welcome to the CentreStage Theatre School

production of Aladdin.

h e endeavoured to entertain audiences wit hav we s son sea as istm Chr en rte fou Over the last Finn. imaginative pen of local scriptwriter Mike quality pantomimes under the witty and up valuable at effort from many people. It means giving gre a s uire req ime tom pan a ting sen Pre    all our the opening performance. I am indebted to for n atio par pre in as istm Chr r ove e tim family pantomime possible again this year. cast, crew and volunteers for making this Myles Breen, Aidan Crowe and Hollie of nts tale the e hav in aga e onc to ed   I am delight principle cast Jamie Sheehan, Sharon the to e com wel to like uld wo I rd. O’Donoghue on boa and Noel Egan. Kennedy, James Berkery, Deirdre Wilson er Chorus. participation of our Children’s and Teenag the t hou wit e sam the be not uld wo to    Pan Thank you to all our young performers! er the stewardship of Frank Boland and und w cre age kst bac g rkin wo d har our to    Many thanks . Congratulations once again to our atre The m niu len Mil LIT the in e her m all the technical tea scenic painter Des Langford. Musical our Choreographer and Bryan Meehan our ell onn O’C mh Nia e hav to ed ight del am    I assisted by Jonny Daly on percussion. ably sic Mu and ce Dan the for m hel the Director at t Aileen Galvin for pulling out all the tan sul Con PR  g rkin wo d har our to ns    Congratulatio ious task under the current economic env an Not r. yea this ime tom Pan our stops in promoting

situation. ermac’s Limerick’s Live 95fm, Specsavers and Sup rs, nso Spo e tim g lon our to nks tha ny    Ma the continuation of our local Panto. whose sponsorship and support is vital to erick Independent Newspaper. Lim and e Lan a uoi Seq rs nso spo new our    Welcome to alive in the city and for your continued to Pan g pin kee for ce ien aud the you nk    I would like to tha ny thanks to all in the Local Media. support for Local talent over the years. Ma

Best Wishes for the Season

Richie Ryan

Producer/Director www.centrestageireland.com

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MIKE FINN - Writer

Mike is an writer and actor and a founde r member of Island Theatre Co., The Umbrella Project, The Global Play Pro ject, Limerick Writers’ Centre, and Bottom Dog. He is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Iowa and has an MA in Scriptwriting from the National Film School. Mike has written the plays Pigtown, The Quiet Moment, The Crunch, Shock & Awe, Ellis Island, Moyasta Junctio n, Stories, Langered, One, The Big Question, We Are What We Witnes s and The Revenger’s Tragedy as well as the musical Soul Garden. Pigtown was produced Off-Broaday and nominated for four Irish Times Theatre Aw ards, winning one. For television Mike has co-written (with Pat Shortt) thirty six episodes of the IFT A nominated Killinaskully and the pilot epis odes of Mattie and Inside The Crystal Bal l. Mike conceived, wrote and directed the acclaimed short film I’m From Limerick and has penned the feature scre enplay Driven By Demons and co-written Blister. Mike won the 2000 Stewart Parker Trust Award, was honoured by Limerick City Cou ncil for his contribution to the cultural life of his native city and was twice nominated for the Limerick Person of the Year Award. In autumn 2000, Mike represented Ireland at the pre stigious International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, returned as that university’s Internation al Writer-in-residence and in 2002 was the Burdines Distinguished Visiting Artist at the University of South Florida. Mike is a member of the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriter’s Guild and The Irish Film & Television Academy.

RICHIE RYAN - Director/Producer

Richie Ryan is now one of the most succes sful directors in the region. This is his thirteenth season directing the CentreS tage Pantomime. He was recently runner-up ‘Best Director’ AIMS National awards for his production of South Pacific in the INEC in Killarney. He has also produced and directed over twenty drama showcases with his CentreStage Theatre School. His annual Limerick Pantomime productions include Down to the Woods, NeverEverland , Cinderella, Snowwhite.com, Beauty and The Beast and Aladdin, all origional scripts by Mike Finn. Richie has also directed the highly succes sful Children’s Opera ‘Noyes Fludde’ by Benjamin Britton, ‘Hansel and Gretal’, and ‘The Happy Prince’ all at St. Mary’s Cat hedral, Limerick and nights of Kander & Ebb, Stephen Sondheim and Rod gers & Hammerstein in The Georgian Hou se. He also conceived and directed the original production of Soul Gar den in UL by Paul Nash (Composer) and Mik e Finn (Writer).    Richie was awarded the Limerick and sub sequently the National Junior Chamber of Irel and Outstanding Young Person of the Year Award in 1998 for his contribution to cultural achievement in Lim eric k City . In 2001 he was awarded the Mary Immaculate College-Univer sity of Limerick Outstanding Achievement Aw ard for his contribution to theatre in Limerick over the last number of years. Richie has trained at Central Sch ool (Lo ndo n) Mountview (London) Patsey Rodenburg Centre (Londo n) and has a (Hons) Degree from The Univers ity of Limerick. Richie is currently doing his MA in Theatre in Mid dlesex University (UK). Richie is currently lecturing in LIT and was the main driving force and course designer for the first Acting and Performance (Hons) Degree course to be offered in Limerick commencing in LIT September 2009. Richie designed and lectured the Creative Studies module at the Limerick Institute of Technology. He has taught Music and Media Studies in the Crescent College Comprehensive and was the main author and driving force for the new BA (Honors) in Acting and Perform ance Management at the Limerick Instituite of Technology currently offered through the CAO.


or BRYAN MEEHAN - Musical Direct Town’ Shows in Limerick and elsewhere

Bryan Meehan’s input in to ‘Tops of the , e All Ireland Finals in the Gaiety Theatre nin in ed play has He us. rmo eno n bee has e the Cup’’! Three of which were with Dublin, of which six shows ‘’brought hom h Pat McGann shows. Douglas Howell productions and three wit Limerick shows including Analog, P&T. He has written the music for most of the s, Banks Teachers et al. ’’ Although the Wang, Burlington, Krups, Atari, Insurance camaraderie and friendships have lasted competition was fierce; says Bryan, ‘’ the a lifetime.’’ all the music for last years sell out Bryan wrote, orchestrated and conducted ghted to be back at the helm again deli is He n atio ebr Cel a s Top k eric Lim w sho the audience enjoys it as much as he for this years production and hopes that has. very best of luck for the run. Bryan would like to wish all involved the

CentreStage Kids Chorus & CentreStage Teens Chorus: Heagney, Aoife Kelly, Fiona O’ ra Lau ey, agn He en Kar , ogh Ke ife Ao es, Aishling Key Madagan, Maryanne O’Donnell, na Cia , key Hic eth zab Eli , gan Ho ire Cla Lsthoorn, wyer, Jake Bullman, Geard Kearns, O’D han Eib m, aha Gr ne oli Car , ore Mo Robyn , Yasmin McGarvery, Caroline Clancy, Lewis O’Brien, Tara Dylan, Hayley Dylan ah Mooney, Finn Mooney Allannah Brennan, Eimear Mooney, Hann

Adult Chorus:

lan, Conor O’Brien, Tara Hayes, Dy Lee s, arn Ke a and Am , ny aho O’M Rachel Dylan Shauna Cronin, Kayleigh Bullman, Taylor

Special thanks to:

ck. Border Ryan’s Timber & PVC, Dock Road, Limeri r Parents Studio (UK) SUDS, Henry Street. All ou earsals and and Guardians who have helped with reh ry schools Dressing Room supervision. All the prima p Wines. we visited. Joe Crowley from Friendshi


Cast List Myles Breen - Mrs Potts Darren Shine - Sindy Aidan Crowe - The Beast Hilary Bourke - Belle Conor J Ryan - Joey Diablo Piotr Mitijczak - Giuseppe Diablo Raquel Rocca - The Fairy Godmother Pat Cusack - Professor Fizzbang Joe Nash – Joe Nash, Limerick’s Live 95fm PIOTR MATIJCZAK

Piotr was born in Brzeg Dolny, Poland and arrived in Limerick in 2005. He got involved in CentreStage theatre School adult acting classes in 2009 and has continu ed to take acting lessons with CentreStage. Piotr joined Limerick Musical Society. He was in the cast of “Fiddler on the Roof” in UCH and their recent production of “Hollywood Hits on Tour” He has been involved in a Showcase ‘SHORTS’ with CentreStage and played “ Shadows on the Beach” and “Ruby of Elsinore” and is really lookin g forwrard to doing his first pantomime.

DARREN SHINE

A member of Centrestage since 2002, and a regular in the panto season, Darren returns to The Millenium Theatre this yea r playing the Ugly Stepsister “Sindy”. A past pupil of the Limerick Youth Theatre and his work with Centrestage over the years earned him a spot on RTE ’s Des Bishop’s: Joy In The Hood and its because of this he has been touring Ireland, England, Scotland & Wales performing Stand up comedy for the past 5 years. He has worked and performed alongside Ireland’s and Am erica’s top comedy stars, and a co-creator of another Limerick based com edy character called “Haunty Beor”. Darren always looks forward to getting onto the panto stage and thinks that this year’s production so far is gonna be funnest one yet!


CHRISTOPHER YOUNG

scent College Comprehensive. Chris Young is a 3rd year student at Cre atre School since 2003. He He has been a member of CentreStage The y Centrestage pantomines and has been in the children’s chorus of man l Society. several productions of the Limerick Musica sical Theatre Summer camps, He has also participated in CentreStage Mu ard of Oz) and Peter Pan in and played the roles of Tin Man (The Wiz Junior Camps. Louis in Limerick Musical Other individual roles include the part of Gavroche in CentreStage Society’s production of The King and I, les and most recently Youth Theatre’s production of Les Miserab ’s production of Seussical JoJo in Crescent College Comprehensive the Musical. ual role in a pantomine.” Chris is looking forward to his first individ

HUGH FITZGIBBON

year in Crescent College Hugh lives in Limerick and is in second and is really looking forward Comprehensive. This is Hugh’s first panto e on stage as he has played to it. However, this isn’t Hugh’s first tim in Seven Brides for Seven Oliver Twist in Oliver Twist and Adam omena’s) shows. Hugh also Brothers in his primary school’s (St Phil y Soviet na hEireann.” appeared as an extra in the TG4 documentr

HILARY BURKE

age of seven when she joined Les Hilary first took to the stage at the tender d the stage school for ten years Petites Femmes in Corbally. She attende lead roles. during which time she undertook various tage Summer School and was In 2006 and 2007 she took part in CentreS work as a drama teacher. In 2007 delighted to return to the camp in 2009 to ‘Yum-Yum’ in her Transition she undertook the demanding lead role of Year school production of “Hot-Mikado”. Royal Irish Academy of Music She recieved a distinction in her Grade 6 g Grade 8 under the tutilage singing exam and is currently under-takin of Louise Harrisson. sical Society for five years Hilary has been a member of Limerick Mu ay III”, “It’s Hollywood” and and has performed solos in “It’s Broadw lenging role of ‘Hodel’ in “Hollywood Hits”. She also played the chal Fiddler on the Roof. Hilary their AIMS award-winning production of and wishes all the cast and is delighted to playing the role of ‘Belle’ crew the very best of luck!


SIMON GEANEY Simon has been a member of Centrestag e since he was 7yrs old. He has performed in all the end of year showcases and also in all the summer camp shows. He play ed the part of Mr Smee in the 2007/2008 panto of Neverever Land and was in the dance troupe in the 2008/2009 panto Sno w White.com. Simon is really looking forward to taking part aga in this year.

PAT CUSACK Pat Cusack is from O’Briens Bridge. He has been attending adult acting classes with CentreStage The atre School for the last two years. He attended a works hop with Shane Monroe, from and performed a sketch ‘A Few Good Men’. Pat recently took part in SHORTS with CentreStage in ‘Ruby’. Pat is delighted to be involved in Beauty and The Beast and wishes all the cast the very bes t if luck.

AIDAN CROWE Aidan, a native of Limerick, has most recent ly appeared in ‘Strike’ at the Samuel Beckett Theatre Dublin’. Other cre dits include Mort(Mimesis Theatre Company), The Revenger’s Tra gedy(Bottom Dog Theatre Company), The Midnight Court(Teas pach Theatre Company), The Crucible(Aberystwyth Arts Centre ), Compleat Female Stage Beauty, Stone City Blue, The Winters Tal e (University of Wales, Aberyswyth), Our Countrys Good (The Gu tterpress Bristol). Radio: Tom Crean and the Terra Nova Exp edition, The Levellers (Radio Kerry). Film/TV: Inside the Crystal Ball(Gable End Media/RTE), Mattie(Gable End Media/RTE), Starstruck (Twotoe Film s/RTE Filmbase), 11 Missed Calls (FFAB:CO UK). Aidan holds a BA in Drama and Theatre Studies from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. This is his third time workin g with Centrestage on a Panto.


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