Belfast Telegraph


By John Grayden

St Agnes' choral society tonight has the honour of opening the Waterford International Festival of Light Opera.

The Belfast group are one of two Ulster companies competing at the city's Theatre Royal over the next 10 days. St Agnes' stage John Dallas's production of The Mikado this evening.

And next Tuesday, Lisburn group, Fusion Theatre, stage Ian Milford's production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

The shows were first staged at Belfast's Grand Opera House and Lisburn's Island Hall respectively last spring.

Both societies are competing against strong opposition from England, Scotland, the Republic and the USA for the international trophy.

The Yorkshire company that has taken Northern Ireland to its heart is coming back to the province.

The Savoyards Appreciation Society will be in Lisburn and Gracehill early next month on a flying visit.

The Gilbert and Sullivan specialists will stage The Mikado at Lisburn's Island Hall on October 5. And they will be at the Moravian hall in Gracehill the following night with a costumed concert of the work.

It's the third successive year the group has staged a show here.

The touring cast of Beauty and The Beast bid Belfast farewell tomorrow night after a short residency at the city's Grand Opera House.

Ashley Oliver and Mathew Cammell (above) in the lead roles head a cast that still has to deliver another three performances.

They are onstage tonight at 7.45pm and there are shows tomorrow at 2.30pm and 7.45pm. A few tickets may still be available.

Cabaret kings Smackee return to Armagh's fabulous Marketplace Theatre next month with Phantom and the Musical.

Curtain up on October 27 is 8pm.

Tickets at £14 are available from the theatre's box office on 3752 1821.

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