The Limerick Musical Society scored big at the Association of Irish Musical Awards in Killarney this past Saturday with their production of The Witches of Eastwick, winning Best Overall Show, Best Male Actor (Dave Griffin, as Darryl Van Horne), Best Choreographer (Niamh Twomey), and Best Chorus.
According to the Limerick Post‘s article, “Multiple AIMS awards for Musical Society’s Witches,” the production was “fired by a constantly rotating set, pyrotechnics, gunshot and Witches that flew to singe the moon with passion—for a Horne. Marie Keary-Scanlon was musical director and John Daly led the band.”
Writer Rose Rushe notes, “These Association of Irish Musical Societies nominations are described as the ‘Oscars’ of musical theatre in Ireland.
“For the presentation, a banquet took place at the Gleneagle Hotel where members of each society in the country converged for the lavish weekend. It was attended by 1,300 of casts, crews, sponsors and well wishers. . . .
“The Witches of Eastwick is a 2000 musical based on the novel of the same name by John Updike. It was adapted by John Dempsey (lyrics and book), and Dana Rowe (music); directed by Eric Schaeffer, and produced by Westend impresario Cameron Mackintosh.”