Maynooth Post Primary School

TY - Musical

The annual school musical takes place in February. Participation is mandatory and students take part in performing, planning, art, program design and set construction.

This year's musical was "Hello Dolly!". This is the 28th musical that Maynooth Post Primary has undertaken in its illustrious Musical history.

Hello Dolly! is a musical stage show based on a 1964 musical with lyrics and music by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart, based on Thornton Wilder's 1938 farce The Merchant of Yonkers, which Wilder revisited and retitled the Matchmaker in 1955. We are most certain that the high standard we have established over the previous years has been maintained, if not surpassed.

History

The musical is a highlight on the school calendar. It was the brainchild of former chaplain, Fr. David Boylan. He understood the value of music and wanted to engrain it in the fabric of school life in Maynooth Post-Primary. In 1995, he, along with a small group of teachers and students, staged the first show, Oliver, in the local parish hall.

Although, the musical has evolved over the last 24 years, Fr. David’s vision of commitment, teamwork, inclusivity and the development of each individual’s talents, remains at the heart of each production. This philosophy has made each musical a success; a success that has attracted recognition in the community and amongst theatrical companies including the Bord Gais Energy Theatre.

Process

In 2012, the musical was established as a core module in the Transition Year programme. Preparations commence with auditions in November and rehearsals begin in early January. Students get involved in all aspects of production - performance, stage design and construction and fundraising. The show therefore, is a key part of each student’s school experience and it instils memories that last a lifetime.

Past Musicals in Maynooth Post-Primary School

1995 Oliver

1996 Calamity Jane

1997 Oklahoma

1998 Fiddler on the Roof

1999 Grease

2000 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

2001 South Pacific

2002 Oliver

2003 Little Shop of Horrors

2004 Guys and Dolls

2005 Les Miserables

2006 Grease

2007 My Fair Lady

2008 Me and My Girl

2009 Pirates of Penzance

2010 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

2011 Hairspray

2012 The Phantom of the Opera

2013 West Side Story

2014 Wizard of Oz

2015 Jesus Christ Superstar

2016 Evita

2017 Les Miserables

2018 Beauty & The Beast

2019 Grease

2020 All Shook Up

2023 The Addams Family

2024 Hello Dolly!
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