St. Joseph’s has a long tradition of producing school Musicals and the annual TY School Musical staged by Transition Year students is very much part of the school tradition and is one of the highlights of TY. St Joseph’s many school choirs including the recently established Gospel Choir, the School Orchestra and School Trad Group are an integral part of school life and are well known for their very high standard of singing and music. They perform at all school liturgies, they stage a special Christmas Carol service, welcome prospective students and visitors to the school on open nights. provide background entertainment at Achievement Days and have a special presence at all special school occasions.
In 2020, our long tradition of staging an annual School Musical was interrupted by Covid19. However, we have fond memories of our most recent musical - "All Shook Up" which was staged on the 27th & 28th of November 2019 in the TF Royal Theatre, Castlebar. "All Shook Up" is based on Elvis Presley songs and tells the story of a mysterious leather jacketed, guitar playing stranger who comes to a small town and stirs up some unwanted mayhem. ‘The Story is New… But the Hits are pure Elvis’ !
Past School Musicals:
2018 The Wiz
2017 Schools Will Rock You
2015 Tale as old as Time
2010 Back to the 80's
2009 Wizard of Oz
2007 My Fair Lady
2006 Calamity Jane
2003 Sound of Music
TY Musical Awards
Last year TY students staged the musical ‘All Shook Up ‘in the TF Royal Theatre. They performed to a packed theatre and received standing ovations each night! They entered a national competition, ‘Stagewise School Musical Awards’ and an adjudicator attended the show. As a result, we received 7 nominations which was an excellent achievement. Congrats to all involved!
Nominations were as follows .....
1) Best Comedienne - Katie O'Reilly
2) Best Actress in a supporting role - Charlotte Redmond
3) Best Actress - Deirbhile Ruane
4) Best Actress - Laoise Murphy
5) Best Musical Director - Ms Deirdre Lee
6) Best Orchestra
7) Best Programme
The Certificates recently arrived to the school and were presented to the students, now 5th years, in early December.