Gallen CS Annual School Musical took place in the school before mid-term break.
This was the school’s 24th production since its first musical ” Oliver” was performed in 1994.This years musical ” My Fair Lady ” proved a great success and continued the high standard of previous years.
Sean Flynn was excellent as Professor Henry Higgins as the Professor of Phonetics pledges to turn Eliza Doolittle [expertly played by Sophie Gilson,] from a Cockney flower girl into an elegant lady. There are a few mishaps along the way notably at Ascot Races but in the end Higgins realises he loves Eliza and is sorry for his treatment of her. Cathal Flynn was excellent as the roguish Alfred P Doolittle. Aron Mc Cabe reprised the role of Colonel Pickering with great relish. Lucy Egan played the stern but well- meaning role of Mrs Higgins as a mother’s wish for her son to get married is combined with careful mothering of Eliza.
Luz Corrigan gave a strong vocal performance as Mrs Pearce as did second year student Cian Egan who was excellent as the young gentleman Freddie Eynesford Hill . Kieran Guinan was very good as Jamie , Clive Keena shone as Harry and Harry Balsiger fitted into his role as Cockney Man, Colin Wren as Selsey Man , Marco Sweeney as Hoxton Man and Tristan Buckley as bartender all played solid cameo roles.
Nathan Egan and Roisin Daly as Lord and Lady Boxington brought gravitas to their roles as did Katie Mc Cready [ Mrs Eynesford Hill] , Miguel Des Los Rios [ Zoltan Karpathy] and Ciara Kenny as Mrs Hopkins.
All the work of the TYs, second and first years on stage was backed by the rest of the TY team who got sponsorship, sold tickets, worked as ushers every night, painted sets, did stage crew etc. Well done to all involved.
The students would like to particularly mention Mr Michael McCartain, Ms Reynolds , Mrs Breen and Ms Ryan for all their work with them .
A number of photos will be in the Gallery Section of the website
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS DAY FOR CYCLE AGAINST SUICIDE Gallen CS who are Ambassadors for Mental Health held a Mental Health Awareness Day in the school on Friday 17th February. The theme of the day was that ” its ok not to be ok and it is absolutely ok to ask for help” . Students were encouraged to wear orange which is the signature colour of the Mental Health Awareness Day.
Among the Activities on the Day were quizzes for first to third years and students involved in the School Ambassador Programme gave out free Miwadi Orange and Jaffa Cakes to all the students at break time.
GIRLS BASKETBALL[ compiled by Moya Guinan and Mollie Flynn]
FIRST YEAR – Gallen CS 22 Mullingar CC 8
Moya Ibbotson, Katie Flynn , Claudia Egan, Suzanne Jordan, Aimee mc Kenna, Moya Guinan , Mollie Flynn, Emma Cahill, Roisin Mannion, Emma Moore, Alanna Rosney, Ally mc Loughlin and Orla Hynes.
Gallen found the going tough in the first quarter against a physical Mullingar team. Gallen forged ahead in the second quarter and this laid the foundations for the win.
2ND YEAR – Gallen CS 32 Mullingar CC 15
PANEL – Zoe Tighe, Jennifer Arnold, Katie Newman, Megan Murray , Nicole Buckley, Aoibhe Kelly, Chloe Daly , Chloe Healy, Kira Hackett, Roseanna Egan , Amber Poland, Lauren Monaghan, Jenny Darcy.