Young stars set to shine in hit musical

Stars of the show: Amy Garner (15), Shauna McKendry (21), Hannah Downey (17), Niamh McLaughlin (15) and Holly Corscadden (18).
Stars of the show: Amy Garner (15), Shauna McKendry (21), Hannah Downey (17), Niamh McLaughlin (15) and Holly Corscadden (18).
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SIX talented young people from Newtownabbey are set to play their part in the YouthAction Rainbow Factory School of Performing Arts’ summer production of the hit musical ‘Guys and Dolls’.

Holly Corscadden (18) is the production manager, while 21-year-old Shauna McKendry will play the principal role of Miss Adelaide. Fifteen-year-old Amy Garner (Hot Box Dancer - chorus), 17-year-old Hannah Downey (Hot Box Dancer - chorus), 15-year-old Niamh McLaughlin (Mission chorus) and 14-year-old Christina McCabe (Mission chorus) will also be among the stars on stage.

Set in the colourful world of New York City in the mid 20th century, the charming and funny Guys and Dolls is a cornerstone of the musical comedy stage that continues to delight audiences over 50 years after its Broadway premiere. Featuring the songs ‘Luck be a Lady’ and ‘Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat’, the musical serves up the perfect balance of story, dance, music and romance.

Following intense boot camp style rehearsals, the talented young actors aged 12 to 22 will be performing seven energetic performances from Monday 13 - Saturday 18 August.

More than 100 young people from across Northern Ireland registered for auditions, with a cast of 39 being selected for the production.

“I have been blown away by the sheer energy and talent of this year’s cast. It is very easy to forget that the company is made up of young people as the performances are strong enough to rival those of any professional production of this spectacular classic musical,” said Director and Musical Director, Sean Pol McGreevy.

Guys and Dolls will be performed in The Rainbow Factory Studio Theatre, College Square North, Belfast. Evening shows start at 7.30pm, with a matinee performance on Wednesday, August 15 at 2pm.

Tickets priced at £7.50 and £6.50 (Concessions) can be booked by contacting Diane on Tel: 028 9024 0551 during office hours, or by emailing: diane@youthaction.org