Students to have a ball at school panto

At the launch of Killarney Community College’s panto, the cast of Cinderella: Oh Yes They Did had a ball with a full dress rehearsal in Killarney National Park.
Picture: Marie Carroll-O’Sullivan

It is, ultimately, a tale of love at first sight but there is much more to be said about the classic fairytale Cinderella being told from a modern perspective.

Students from Killarney Community College, under the direction of teachers, costume manager Mary Fuller, musical director Joanna Hughes and producer Mike Lynch, will turn the children’s classic into a piece grounded in reality and they will acquaint the characters within the production to modern representations.

Your carriage awaits: In the right place at the right time for the launch of Cinderella, horse Frankie poses with this year’s leading roles David Lynch as Prince Charming with Amy Healy as Cinderella. Picture: Marie Carroll-O’Sullivan

Preparations for this year’s panto has been underway since the start of the school year and the first show debuts on Tuesday, November 8 followed by a second show the following night.
The halls of Killarney Community College are currently lined with sparkles, bloomers and petticoats and costumes are being sown and beaded to get ready for the big dress rehearsal.
Music teacher Joanne Hughes said there is great excitement around the panto as it is the first production the school has staged since the Covid lockdowns

“The students and staff have been putting in an enormous amount of time and effort into it with many staying back for hours after school and giving up their free time on a Saturdays,” she said.

“We are really happy with how things are going and can’t wait to bring it to the big stage and a sell-out crowd,” Ms Hughes added.

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