As a result of town twinning arrangements between Dungarvan and Erie Pennsylvania, the Erie Playhouse brought two theatrical productions to the Town Hall Theatre Dungarvan. They showed why they are rated as one of the top ten community theatre in American competition.

Hosted by the Dungarvan Dramatic Club audiences got two nights of one of the longest running American shows – The Fantastics! And one showcase night of Broadway Today. And it was up-to-date as well as including shows made famous on that Great White Way.

The strength of Erie Playhouse is the all-ages mix of performers much in the community style of Carrick-on-Suir. You get fun from Wicked and class from South Pacific. Juanita Kleckner delighted with You Made Me Love You and the company were lyrical for Sunrise Sunset. A new song from Maury Yeston of Titanic the Musical fame, New Words, was a treat as was the opening chorus from Rent.

In the second half the choices moved up a gear from pleasant to memorable with Sean Clerkin in fine form for You Are Love. Alan Koch was like Buster Keaton with Mr. Cellophane, from Chicago. A new song from the composer of Parade (a show that had its Irish amateur premiere only two years ago in Thurles) was a triumph. Don Baxter was strong on Love Changes Everything and we got a zinger of a Les Poisson from the new Disney show, The Little Mermaid.

Young Stars of the evening were Abbe Tanenbaum and the tall Andrew Swackhamer (he looked like Gene Pitney or Tommy Tune). I loved Swackhamer’s version of a new song from a show in workshop A Boy With Dreams.

A, One More Day, chorus closed a memorable evening with group leader Almitra Clerkin in beautiful voice. Eric Smrcka provided all the piano backings.

The Fantasticks!

Their full production of the much loved and performed The Fantasticks! Was an evening of great charm and love for a classic of American musical theatre. It is an apple-pie homely story of boy meets girl as secretly planned by two devious fathers and tells of their trials and tribulations to true happiness. It was old-fashioned family fun but this company revelled in the love and honesty in the story and the eventual impression was beautifully magical.

Once again Abbe Tanenbaum shone as Luisa and Andrew Swackhamer impressed as Matt. A witty Overture showed Almitra Clerkin’s direction and choreographic skill and Eric Smrcka was music and vocal director at the piano. The well-known hit, Try To Remember, was as magical as it has to be. Peops and costumes were clever and appropriate and Mike Hayes and Sean Clerkin provided much comedic mayhem. Nadat is overgeschakeld van het cryptografische protocol SSL, hebben de meeste online casino’s het 128-bits cryptografische protocol TLS 1.3 geïnstalleerd. U kunt dit verifiëren door op het vergrendelingspictogram in het webadresgedeelte van de site te klikken. Vervolgens gaat de informatie naar de operator, die deze kan decoderen. Online casino’s bieden hun gebruikers meestal ook de hulp van een speciale ondersteuningsdienst.

Ken Brundage was a fun El Gallo and Edward Baxter was wonderful as The Mute. Don Baxter and Alan Koch were the scheming fathers and Dungarvan audiences go a memorable treat of American musical theatre and the standing ovation was a fine tribute to a memorable twinning visit.