Sweet Charity Douglas Road Cllr Kieran McCarthy will direct and produce Sweet Charity, the musical at the Firkin Crane from Thursday 4- Sunday 7 June. Commenting he noted: “It goes without saying that a rich vein of musicality runs underneath our city, Cork’s DNA embraces the promotion and development of music as an artistic discipline to be developed and one that brings a community together to engage with and appreciate it. The city in musical theatre terms is particularly blessed by several stage schools, small and large, who promote amongst our young people creativity, skill development, education, performance, community building and audience development, and the charity of sharing their craft, amongst other important traits”.
Sweet Charity tells the story of dance hall hostess Charity Hope Valentine, an eternal optimist who is forever unlucky in love. This is a comedy with an edge. Douglas resident, church organist and choir master David O’Sullivan, the musical director, has brought the sweeping jazz and sassy score alive whilst Aileen Coffey has framed Bob Fosse’s choreography whilst bringing her own mark in reframing the power of dance and story-telling. With production management by Yvonne Coughlan the new Cork City Musical Society promises to entertain you with a highly-theatrical, fast-paced and entertaining show, featuring such well-known musical numbers as “If My Friends Could See Me Now,” “Big Spender” and “Rhythm of Life”. Cork City Musical Society was set up by Kieran earlier this year. He noted “Amateur musical societies are multiple in nature up and down the country. All bring their local communities together under a volunteer and charity umbrella – collaborating and bringing people together to create an outlet for people and to put on drama and music and all ultimately form a key cultural vein within towns and villages”. More details at the Firkin Crane box office at 0214507487 or www.firkincrane.ie.