This evening, I attended the Official Launch of DYMT’s ‘Phantom of the Opera’ in the beautiful An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit production, and Broadway’s longest running musical, ‘Phantom of the Opera’, is set to make its North-West debut in Letterkenny this August and having watched a snippet of the talent that is to come in the full production this evening, it is set to be an incredible spectacle! Get your tickets for this amazing show as they will sell out.
Donegal Youth Musical Theatre (DYMT) is County Donegal’s first county-wide musical theatre group for young people aged 12 – 21 years.
DYMT offer young people from all across the North-West an opportunity to experience the musical theatre industry through their annual Summer Youth Project. Following a county-wide search for the North-West’s most promising actors and singers, cast members will receive training over a 22 day block of intensive rehearsals from an experienced production team and in master class sessions with international coaches and stars.
Founder and Director of DYMT, Séimí Campbell, said that ‘the new project, which aims to find, nourish and showcase young talent from across County Donegal and its neighbouring counties, presents an exciting opportunity for young people, as they may consider a possible career in the arts.’
The evening got off to an incredible start with a spine-shivering performance of ‘Stars’ by young Aodhan Gavigan from Glenties. Aodhan starred as the lead role, Valjean, in Séimí’s ‘Les Misérables’ last September and January in Donegal Town. Other young artists that worked with Séimí and his team before, sang songs from past productions, such as Hannah Doogan who starred as Babaí in Caisleain Oir (2014) and Leah Herron who played the adorable Bangles dwarf in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (2015). Young-American star Alison Edwards, who also starred in Les Mis, sang Beauty and the Beast, accompanied by DYMT’s Musical Director Herta Kelly. Director of An Grianan, Patricia McBride welcomed DYMT to the An Grianan and expressed her excitement for the huge production to come. Guest stars for the night were musical theatre veterans Joshua Hurley and Lainey O’Sullivan. In a speech to the cast and guests present, Joshua spoke of the importance of performance in the lives of young people, and despite the sacrifices that actors have to make, the rewards and benefits always come up trump.
Joshua, who is just back from a world tour of Celtic Women, worked under the direction of Séimí in West Side Story in Dublin in March, having starred as Valjean and Phantom in the Helix, Dublin and Raoul in Waterford Opera House previously. His beautiful co-star, Lainey O’Sullivan who played Maria in West Side Story, Dublin and Eva Peron in Evita, Belfast, joined Josh for a duet of ‘Tonight’ which left the audience at the edge of their seats. And finally, the acts that everyone had been waiting for; DYMT’s Phantom and Christine, played by Derry actors Robert Kelly and Niamh Long. Robert, who recently won Best Male Singer in the country at the prestigious AIMS Awards in Killarney, wowed the guests with a performance of ‘Music of the Night’, while Niamh, finalist from ‘West End Calling’, London, performed the famous ‘Think of Me’, which made us feel we were in the West End. What an incredible night of music, which only showcased a tiny amount of the talent that is to come from the whole cast this August.This is really a show that you can’t miss out on which runs on August 10th, 11th and 12th in the An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny. Pre-book now on http://www.angrianan.com/event/phantom-of-the-opera/ or from the theatre’s Box Office on 074 912 0777 to avoid missing out. This is going to be the production of the decade!!