Category: Shows

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DMDS are bringing Jekyll & Hyde to the Pavilion Theatre in March 2019!

We are delighted to announce that our main production for 2019 will be Jekyll & Hyde!  We have a dream team already working behind the scenes in Paul Laycock who will be our Director for the show, Des Cox who will be our Musical Director and Denise Donohoe who will be our Choreographer.

The show will take place in the Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire from 12th March to 16th March. Please save these dates in your diaries for work purposes and remember to keep weekends in the run up, and also the evenings in the week prior to the show, free for rehearsals! 🙂  Rehearsals will likely begin in October with auditions to be held in late September. We of course will update you on that as soon as dates are set!  Have a wonderful Bank Holiday Weekend!

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Oliver! 14th – 18th March 2018, Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire

Dún Laoghaire Musical and Dramatic Society is delighted  to present one of the best loved musicals of all time – Lionel Bart’s Oliver!

Based on the novel “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens, it follows the fortunes of young Oliver through Dickensian London and his encounters with well-known characters such as Fagin, Nancy, Bill Sykes and the Artful Dodger. It features  many hugely popular numbers such  as  “Food Glorious Food”, “Consider Yourself”, “You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two”, “I’ll Do Anything”, “Om-Pah-Pah”, “As Long as He Needs Me”, “Reviewing the Situation” and many more.

This is one of the most popular shows of all time and has been delighting audiences since it was first launched in 1960. It will feature regular members of Dun Laoghaire  Musical society and the many parts for young rascals and workhouse children will be cast from local schools and  stage schools. DMDS is the community musical theatre group for Dun Laoghaire and has been performing in Dun Laoghaire since its foundations in 1960.

Recent choral successes include our event at the North Wales International Choral Festival in November 2016, and the best musical society choir at the AIMS Choral Competition in May 2017.  Consider yourself invited!

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Carols by Candlelight | Sunday 17th December 2017

Last year’s event was a fantastic evening, with a mixture of music and readings followed by a reception of mulled wine and other seasonal fare for the audience. It was a great success, and we’re going to do it again.

The Dun Laoghaire Methodist Church is unavailable this year, so we’ll be holding this event in the former Mariner’s Church – now the National Maritime Museum of Ireland – a wonderful atmospheric building adjactent to dlr LexIcon which overlooks the East Pier, Dun Laoghaire Harbour. We’re also delight to have the chance to perform for two nights this time – one being organised directly by the Museum on Thursday 14th December, and the other being organised for our own audience and funds, on Sunday 17th December.

Tickets €10
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(A limited number of tickets will be available at the door on the night)

This event is SOLD OUT. Our apologies if you were unable to secure a ticket.
Our next major performance will be Oliver! from 14 to 18th March in the Pavilion Theatre.

If anyone would like to suggest a song for us to consider performing (obviously on a Christmas theme), please let us know ASAP as we will be starting to put together the programme over the next few weeks…

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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

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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.


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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.

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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.

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Carols by Candlelight | Saturday 17th December 2016

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

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.

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Some Enchanted Music | DMDS Concert

Dun Laoghaire Musical and Dramatic Society (DMDS) will present a concert of their favourite pieces in the dlr LexIcon Theatre, Dún Laoghaire from Wed 30th March to Saturday 2nd April at 8pm nightly. The concert, entitled ‘Some Enchanted Music’, will include a mix of choral and individual numbers from a wide variety of musical genres ranging from Disney classic movie tunes to favourites from Rogers and Hammerstein musicals.

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The Society have been entertaining south Dublin since the 1960s and have won many awards for their performances in Musicals, concerts and competitions and also for the performance of its choir. DMDS performances regularly feature in ‘Best in Ireland’ nominations and awards from the Association of Irish Musical Societies (A.I.M.S.). In particular, the Society has won the ‘Frank Cullinane’ Trophy for Best Choral Group in 8 of the past 10 years at the AIMS Choral Festival, including most recently in 2015. The Society has also regularly won the Ballyclare Rosebowl trophy for the best Cameo performance (i.e. presentation of a scene from a musical) at the same festival. They are also regularly invited to perform at local cultural events.