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Our 2010 Show was ‘The Pirates of Penzance’

PirateFlyer.previewOur show in 2010 was the classic “The Pirates of Penzance”. A huge cast of local and national singing talent presented this classic comic romance whose appeal is still undiminished 130 years after its initial showing. DMDS transported their audience to the magical world of Gilbert & Sullivan in which swash-buckling pirates, flat footed policemen, a bevy of blushing maidens and a model Major General provided the back-drop to the love-story of Frederick and Mabel. This classic show is filled with old favourites and provided a wonderful opportunity to hear the award-winning DMDS chorus and soloists at their best.

AIMS Awards 2010

Our show for 2010 was The Pirates of Penzance, which received 2 AIMS nominations. Jen McGann won the award for Best comedienne for her portrayal of Ruth, and we also received a nomination for Best Gilbert & Sullivan Show. These awards are competed for by 130 societies, involving about 14,000 people, and are highly prized. DMDS have previously won awards at the AIMS event for best Comedienne (2009 – see below), Best Choreography (2008), best Musical Director (2007) and have been nominated on many occasions. In 2009 Shona Henneberry won the Best Comedienne award for her role as Princess Winifred in ‘Once upon a Mattress’. She was one of two leads in the show who were nominated for awards. Jen Dalton was also nominated as Best Female Supporting Actress for her part as Queen Aggravaine.

AIMS Choral Festival 2010 – Best Choir 5 years in a Row !

At the AIMS Choral Festival Competition in New Ross we won the award for best Musical Society choir in Ireland for the 5th successive year. The award, the Frank Cullinane Trophy, was presented by the Assoc of Irish Musical Societies (AIMS) at the competition in New Ross in May. The DMDS choir was directed by Des Cox, accompanied on piano by his brother Neville Cox, and performed ‘Circle of Life’ and ‘Tonight’. The win was a record 5 in-a-row for any society.

DMDS is looking ahead to a Golden Year…

As some of you are aware the Dun Laoghaire Musical and Dramatic Society only took on this name six years ago and the group was originally known as Dun Laoghaire Methodist and Dramatic Society (DMDS). Back in 1959/1960 It was formed by a small group of members from the Methodist Church in Dun Laoghaire who performed for many years in the Hall we all know so well on Northumberland Ave.

The 2009/2010 season marks the 50th Anniversary of this formation. The Society has gone from strength to strength and the current DMDS would like to mark this anniversary in some special way so watch this spave for further details in the months to come. We would hope to involve as many members as possible who have given of their time and who have been involved since the beginning and throughout these 50 years.

Prospective Pirates Please Apply!

In preparation for a busy anniversary season and our production of ‘Pirates of Penzance‘ DMDS is now taking applications from anyone interested in joining the society (especially if they are male!).Although DMDS already has a good membership of men, this musical requires a large male cast, and we therefore hope to encourage additional male singers.

Those interested in joining the society will be required to audition, but it is a simple auditon and no previous experience is required. A new members’ night will be held in early September at which we will give further details of the show, and of other events and activities planned for the year.

For further information, please contact Deirdre at 086-3246032 or send an email to info@dmds.ie any noting previous experience.

AIMS Choral Festival 2009

At the AIMS Choral Festival Competition in New Ross (May 2009) DMDS once again won the Frank Cullinane Trophy for best Choral Society choir (for the 4th Successive year) and also the Ballyclare Rosebowl for best Cameo performance (for the 4th successive year).