Young people ready to shine at the Courtyard

Back row (l-r): Jenny Halliday and Hannah Gibson (both playing the role of Katie Brown), Maeve Morrisey and Erin McCullough (both playing Calamity Jane). Front row (l-r): Matthew Gibson (playing Danny Gilmartin), Owen Darby and Odhran McNulty (both playing Wild Bill Hickok). INNT 16-504CON

Back row (l-r): Jenny Halliday and Hannah Gibson (both playing the role of Katie Brown), Maeve Morrisey and Erin McCullough (both playing Calamity Jane). Front row (l-r): Matthew Gibson (playing Danny Gilmartin), Owen Darby and Odhran McNulty (both playing Wild Bill Hickok). INNT 16-504CON

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FOLLOWING on from the huge success of their 20th anniversary concert last year, the vibrant and talented group of 70 young people who make up Fortwilliam Musical Society Youth Group are returning to Newtownabbey next week, with their production of the classic family favourite ‘Calamity Jane’.

The FMS Youth Group has such a wealth of talent that they haven’t been able to limit themselves to just one set of principal actors for the production and so there are two Calamity Janes, two Wild Bill Hickock’s, two Katie Browns and two Danny Gilmartins!

Each set of principals will alternate roles at the Courtyard Theatre, Ballyearl, from Wednesday, April 25 to Saturday, April 28, and they are really looking forward to it.

“I’ve been a member of FMS Youth Group since I was six,” said Maeve Morrissey, who plays one of the Calamity Janes, “and I’m so excited to be playing such a fun and challenging role this year.”

The production has once again been put together by former graduates, now leaders, of the group - Emma Phoenix Kelly, Sarah Loonam and Barry O’Kelly - all of whom have risen through the ranks of the cross-community society and who are now enjoying the opportunity to give something back by co-directing and producing shows such as this.

They have been ably supported by Rebecca Fleming as choreographer, along with the most recent graduates of the Youth Group - Oisin Clarke, Fiona Donnelly and Siobhan Morgan. The team is delighted to be involved with a group that has given them so much experience and love for the theatre.

Featuring popular tunes such as ‘Windy City’ and ‘Secret Love’, the popular and critically acclaimed Fortwilliam Musical Society Youth Group are sure to delight audiences of all ages with their special and entertaining production of this much-loved musical. Tickets are already almost sold out, so book now to avoid disappointment by ringing the Courtyard Theatre Box Office on Tel: 028 9034 0202.