‘Best Musical’ Award, Belfast Telegraph 1996

Grand Opera House, Belfast

Cork Opera House

Town Hall Theatre, Galway


CAST:                     PROFESSIONAL STAFF: 
Aunt EllerTara Lynne O’Neill Director/DesignerMichael Poynor
CurlyGlen Wallace Musical DirectorMark Dougherty
NarratorColin Hand ChoreographerMartin Wong
Curly (dream)Jonjo O’Neill Lighting DesignersMichael Poynor
LaureyKaren Rush  Alastair Kerr
 Eimear Hughes Sound DesignerPatrick Dalgety
Laurey (dream)Deborah Maguire Production ManagerMarianne Crosslé
Ike SkidmoreGreg McGeown Aerobic Dance InstructorMartin Wong
FredJames Rafferty Costume DesignerPat Musgrave
SlimStephen Smyth Voice CoachDebra Salem
Will ParkerEmmanuel McStravick Laban Movement CoachAnne-Marie Matthews
 Jonjo O’Neill Wardrobe MistressPat Musgrave
Jud FryDavid O’Toole Master CarpenterAlastair Kerr
Ado AnnieDonna Murdoch Scenic ArtistsStuart Marshall
 Rachel Murray Mask Making InstructorFrank Quinn
Ali HakimChris Robinson Fight DirectorMichael Poynor
The PreacherParaic Duignan Projection DesignerAlastair Kerr
 Emmanuel McStravick BAND: 
Gertie CummingsSusan McKeen Keyboards/MDMark Dougherty
EllenJulie Alderdice Trumpet/Flugel HornAlisdair Wallace
KateLynne Truesdale Guitars/BanjoJoe Quigley
SylvieSharon Clarke Saxaphone/ClarinetGerry Rice
ArminaRoberta Wilson ViolinJohn Fitzpatrick
AggieNatasha Deddis BassRod Patterson
ElizaSeana Montgomery Drums Andrew Lavery
AnnieGillian O’Regan   
Andrew CarnesParaic Duignan   
Cord ElamStephen Mackey   
JessChristopher Logan   
JoeGerard McCarthy   
Stage ManagerStephen Maguire   
Tech SMColin O’Hare   
DSMClare Ewing   
ASMEmma Calvert   
 Wallace Aldridge   
 Clare Newman   
 Philip Walsh   

Those in bold italic type went on to pursue careers in the Performing Arts.


For my money the musical of the year was not the glamour of ‘Evita’ or the sugar and fizz of ‘High Society’ … it was the Ulster Theatre Company’s production of ‘Oklahoma’.    This innovative production … breathtaking moments.          


A stunning and mind bending production.  Moments of high theatre, drama, gripping set-edge excitement and sheer ‘oomph’ pleasure that many a fully professional company would envy.


Most exciting and vibrant interpretation of this grand old musical that I have ever seen.                               


As good as anything you might see in New York or London.


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