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Mr. Garrett Buckley
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Ms. Stacey Guinan

The Wedding Singer 2020

The  annual Gallen CS  school musical is always a highlight of the school calendar and this  year proved no exception with  the 27th Gallen CS  musical  being   a wonderful staging of that modern classic ” The Wedding Singer”  Over the four nights this wonderful  tale of true love not denied was expertly  brought to light on the stage in Gallen CS . ” The Wedding Singer ” tells the tale of Robbie Hart , himself a wedding singer , being rejected by Linda. Robbie comes to realise that  his true love is Julia Sullivan who herself has come to realise that the suave Glenn  Guglia is not for her. Julia indeed does retrieve Robbie from the “dumpster” and builds up the shattered debris of his broken heart. Cormac McKenna portrayed Robbie as a casualty of love with great accuracy.

The audience warms to Robbie and rejoices in his happy ending. Julia Sullivan was expertly played by Ally McLoughlin who along with Alanna Rosney [ Crystal] and Aimee McKenna [ Angie] deserve huge commendation for not just  taking on the demanding  role of choreographers  along with their on stage roles but for carrying out their onerous dual roles with great  flair and dedication.  Sarah Flynn was excellent in the role of the vivacious Holly whose on off tempestuous relationship with Robbie’s loyal and witty sidekick , Sammy [ expertly played by Nathan McIntyre]  was a  highlight for this reviewer. Shane Berry was excellent as the suave  Glenn  whose emphasis on  materialism failed to win  Julia’s heart. Cian Egan played the role  of George with great flamboyance and   Wiktoria Leszcznska fulfilled the role of the scheming Linda to great perfection. This reviewer , seeing Linda trying to win Robbie back after dumping him at the altar  , couldn’t help noticing that she tried to do so with a  painting of pop singer Blondie in close proximity. Blondie  being  famous for her song ” Heart of Glass ” , a nod to Linda’s heart perhaps?

Moya Ibbotson brought the house down with her portrayal of Rosie , Robbie’s uber hip , liberally minded rapping Granny . Nathan Dunican played his role in the Ricky’s Bar Scene with great gravitas  and Conor Brazil reprised the role of Ricky well.  Ciaran  McEvoy was excellent as Elvis , perfecting   the lilting Southern drawl beloved by Elvis . Casey Lonican gave a strong singing cameo as the Shop Attendant. Orla Hynes played the role of Donatello well. It would be remiss  of this reviewer not  to mention  to the selfless dedication of  Producer / Musical Director Ms . Heather Bracken , Director  Mr. Sean Dench  and to  choreographers , Alanna Rosney , Aimee McKenna  and Ally McLoughlin in ensuring the success of this years musical . They deserve our heartfelt  thanks for the countless hours they have put in . 

Huge commendations to the  Set Design  and Painting team led by Ms . McKeogh and the TY  Students   and  to the Set Construction Team of  Mr . MacCartain , Mr . Doyle  , Mr Lenihan and Stage Crew: Stephen Dunican , Oisin Fitzgerald, Sam Flynn, Kieran Kenny. Cian Duffy and Kian Boylan.

 Thanks to  the Costume Design team of Ms . Sorcha Gleeson and her team Ms . Ailish o Connor , Mrs. Elaine  Hogan and  Ms . Tracey Beatty  and to  Mrs . Marilyn McDonagh and her team for sourcing the props. To Stage Managers , Mrs . Finnegan and Ms . Baggot our thanks. Thanks to   Mr . Pascal Gough  and  the Lighting Crew  and  to Mr . Derek Recks  and the Sound Crew whose expertise  enhanced our production . To the Musicians , Ms . Marie Power , Mrs . Elizabeth MacCartain , Ms. Denise Kennedy  , Jack Rabbette and Ciaran Rabbette , your graceful notes provided  a perfect harmony and backdrop  to  the onstage acting . Thanks to  the Parents Association and Staff of Gallen CS who helped with  hospitality and to those who helped in putting together the programme , ticket sales / finance  and sponsorship , a heartfelt thanks. Thanks to Demma Feehan for the pictures on the night.

Once again , Gallen CS  has  showcased its dramatic talent  to bring to fruition a  wonderful production.