Newtownabbey talents shine in auditions for ‘The Producers’

Ryan Greer from Doagh who has landed a major role in the Northern Ireland premiere of The Producers which will be staged at the Theatre at The Mill from August 3 to 11.
Ryan Greer from Doagh who has landed a major role in the Northern Ireland premiere of The Producers which will be staged at the Theatre at The Mill from August 3 to 11.
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Newtownabbey has shown that it’s got talent as five of the main roles in the Northern Ireland premiere of the musical comedy The Producers, which is being staged at Theatre at The Mill in August, have gone to young people from the borough.

The smash hit musical showcases the cream of Northern Ireland’s top young performers who had to compete in a rigorous audition to win one of the prized star places in the musical which is being directed by Peter Corry.

This is Northern Ireland’s first professional production of the multiple Tony award-winning comedy The Producers, written by Mel Brooks, which took the Broadway and the West End by storm.

Ryan Greer (18) from Doagh will play pigeon-loving scriptwriter Franz Liebkind in this hilarious all-singing all-dancing show at the Newtownabbey theatre.

Ryan, who is in Upper Sixth at Ballyclare High School, has acted in numerous productions including last year’s hugely successful musical Oklahoma! at Theatre at The Mill.

“I am ecstatic about being involved in the Northern Ireland premiere of this show. I love The Producers and am a big Mel Brooks fan,” Ryan said.

He will be joined by Samuel Moore (19) from Newtownabbey who plays Roger Debris, the flamboyant theatre director. The Belfast Metropolitan College pupil said he would love to pursue a career in the theatre and that he is looking forward to working with the fantastic professional production team of Peter Corry, NI Musical Director Wilson Shields and international choreographer Fleur Mellor.

Other key roles went to Catherine Moore from Ballyclare who plays Ms Marks, Matthew McConnell also from Ballyclare who plays Hold Me Touch Me and Connor Taggart from Jordanstown who is Stormtrooper.

The ensemble cast also has a huge contingent of Newtownabbey thespians including Connie Nicholl and Sam Morgan from Whiteabbey, Chloe Hannah Pickering, Odrán McNulty and Jenny Johnston from Newtownabbey, Rachel Irons from Jordanstown, Ruari Geehan from Glengormley, Ellen Whitehead from Jordanstown, Carrie Earley from Carnmoney, Kaitlyn Clarke from Mallusk and Suzanne Wilson from Ballyclare.

Tickets to the show cost from £9 and are available online at www.theatreatthemill.com or from the Box Office on Tel: 028 9034 0202.