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‘Oliver’ Auditions for adult parts in DMDS’s 2018 Production

DMDS will be auditioning for adult parts in our planned March 2018 production of ‘Oliver’. The parts available are Bill Sykes, Fagin, Nancy, Bet, Mr. and Mrs. Sowerby, Mr Bumble, Mrs Bedwin and Widow Corney. Applications from non-members are welcome. Auditions will take place in the Methodist Hall, Northumberland Avenue, Dun Laoghaire on Sunday 19th November from 3-5 PM with call-backs on Tuesday 5th Dec from 7.30. The audition scripts and music are in the files below. More info

Llandudno 2017 – Another Successful DMDS Expedition!

The chorus from Dun Laoghaire Musical Society (DMDS) won the ‘Just for Fun’ choir competition at the North Wales International Choral Festival in Llandudno last weekend. This is a major international competition with over 70 choirs competing in different categories. This was the second win in a row for DMDS in the ‘Just for Fun’ category in which 11 choirs competed.

The chorus of 38, conducted by Des Cox, performed: Baba Yetu, Sing a Song of Sixpence, and Fix You.

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‘Oliver’ Auditions for childrens’ parts in DMDS’s 2018 Production

DMDS will be auditioning for the children’s parts in our planned March 2018 production of ‘Oliver’ on Sunday 19th November (boys auditioning for Oliver and Artful Dodger only) and on Tuesday 21st November (boys and girls for all other parts and chorus). All applicants must be 11 years or over. We will be casting chorus members (Workhouse boys and Fagin’s gang) and the 2 principals below:

  • Oliver Twist, main character, a young, workhouse boy with an innocent appearance. Significant acting and singing role. Some minor dancing. Soprano (unchanged voice.).  Age 8 to 13 in appearance
  • Jack Dawkins, the Artful Dodger, young teenager. Significant character acting, singing and dancing required; age 10 to 14 in appearance. Can be alto or soprano with unchanged voice.

Other parts (Charlotte Sowerberry, Noah Claypole and Bet) will be cast later from within the chorus members selected.

Auditions will take place in the Methodist Hall, Northumberland Avenue, Dun Laoghaire from 2-4pm on Sunday 19th November and from 7-9 PM on Tuesday 21st November in front of our Director, Musical Director, Choreographer and a DMDS committee member. Auditions will be a mixture of singing, acting and dancing.


Lyrics & Music


Audition Scripts


To Pre-register please just send the name and age of the Child auditioning to  info@dmds.ie. Parents or guardians must accompany children to auditions.  An application form is available for download here – please complete this form and bring it with you to the audition, with a head-shot photo.  Call-backs  will be from 4 to 6PM on the same day and will be communicated by email or message using the information on the application form so please write clearly.

The show will take place from 12-18th March at the Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire including a Matinee on Sunday 18th March.  All those seeking to be auditioned will be required to pay a nominal membership (€5) and those cast will  be required to become   full DMDS members and a membership subscription will be payable.  We cannot cast anyone who is not available for the show dates and for the required rehearsals in advance.   You can see full information on DMDS background and past shows on dmds.ie.

DMDS Table Quiz

DMDS Table Quiz 2017

As you all know, we can’t do the things we like to do on stage without some serious effort in making money beforehand. This is particularly true as we make our plans to stage Oliver! in the Pavilion Theatre in mid-March.

But the focus is on the FUN in the FUNdraising.

So our first event is a Table Quiz, which will be held in the Purty Loft on Thursday 23rd of November at 8pm. More details will follow, but for now, please just stick it in the diary and get a team (or two) of family, friends or colleagues signed up!

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DMDS Race Night – Friday 21st April

Our next event is a Race-night on 21st April in the wonderful FitzGeralds of Sandycove!

This is an important fund-raiser for the society, and we would welcome your support.  You can:

  1. invest in a horse in advance (as owner, jockey or trainer) at €10 per  slot.  If your horse wins you will get a great prize and if second you will get a bottle of wine.  You can contact Jim Ryan (jim.ryan(at)circa.ie or 087 2456402) to make your investment.
  2. come along to the races on 21st April in Fitzgerald’s of Sandycove at 8PM and bet on the outcome.

We hope to see you all there.  A sample race card is below and we would be delighted to add your name on the night or in advance.

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DMDS presents ‘From the Page to the Stage’

Our next event will be a concert entitled ‘From the Page to the Stage’ which will feature a collection of smash hits from Musicals, all of which are based on books and plays. The evening will include pieces from Les Miserables, Oliver, West Side Story, Phantom of the Opera, Man of La Mancha, Children of Eden and others. It will include choral pieces from our award-winning choir, and also many solos and duets. Our choir has won two major competitions within the last year and we look forward to entertaining you.

The concert will take place in the dlr Lexicon Theatre, Dún Laoghaire, from Tuesday 28th March to Saturday 1 st April at 8pm nightly. The theatre is located on the lower level of the new Dún Laoghaire Public library. Tickets are €15 and are available from info@dmds.ie or 086-3246032.

Carols by Candlelight

Carols by Candlelight | Saturday 17th December 2017

We are really looking forward to “Carols by Candlelight” which will be held in the Dun Laoghaire Methodist Church on Northumberland Ave, at 7.30pm on Saturday 17th December.

The evening will comprise a mix of seasonal songs, carols, and readings. It will be followed by a seasonal reception in the church hall.

We would especially encourage our long-standing members and friends to join us, and meet our current members. This has been such a wonderful Society for so many people, and we would like to mark this at this event.

We can also jointly celebrate our recent competition win at the International North Wales Choral Festival in Llandudno!

Tickets €10
Book now – email info@dmds.ie or call 086 324 6032

(A limited number of tickets will be available at the door on the night)

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Table Quiz!

The Table Quiz will take place on Thurs 10th November in Fitzgerald’s of Sandycove from 8pm (starting 8.30pm). Teams can have up to FOUR members and entry is €10 per person. There will be lots of spot prizes and other prizes to be won, and some rounds of questions just for musical fans. Get your team together and come along. It is also an important fund-raising event for the society so please promote it to your friends and family.

We are off to Llandudno!

ShipDMDS  are entered in the North Wales International Choral Festival in Llandudno in November. This is the first time DMDS has entered in an international competition,  although we have an excellent record in domestic competition.  The ferry, the coach to Llandudno from Holyhead, and the hotel are all booked, and some 40 members are travelling.  We are one of 3 Irish choirs competing at the Festival.

More details on the Festival are at www.northwaleschoralfestival.com.  Our rehearsals for the Choral Festival commence on Tuesday 13th September and we will have a new members introductory night on Tuesday 6th September.   If you are interested to join us, please email info@dmds.ie.

New Committee elected

The Society has a complete change in committee  membership as a result of the AGM held on May 25th 2016.   All of the previous committee  stepped down having served for 2 years.   The new committee chair is Deirdre O’Donoghue and the members  are:

  • Deirdre O’Donoghue (Chair)
  • Des Cox  (Secretary)
  • Niall McDonagh (Treasurer)
  • Jim Ryan (PR)
  • Marian Holden (Social Secretary)
  • Nicholas Byrne
  • Janet McKennedy
  • Jen Dalton