CDETB SCC VARIETY SHOW 2011
BY LOUISE BROWNE
Wednesday, 7th December 2011
They came, they sang, they danced, they played and they acted with their performances entertaining an enthusiastic audience who wholeheartedly supported the acts at the annual SCC Variety Show held at Inchicore College.
Singers, dancers, musicians and actors took to the stage representing various colleges such as Inchicore, Kylemore, St Kevin’s, Rathmines and Pathways to celebrate a night of enduring music, dance and culture.
Ceoimbhe Farrelly, who was MC for the evening, got the evening underway by introducing the first act of the show an eleven piece string assembly to the stage. Led by Emily Boland and Alison Shorten the musicians from Kylemore College performed a beautiful adaptation of the song the ‘Queen of Sheba’.
The manner of the music changed with a more traditional song from ‘The Boys of the Lough’ with Boland, Shorten, Niamh Keane, Leanne McGinley, Aishling Lyons, Ciara Keane, Emma O’Mara, Orna O’Sullivan, Alison Arlow, David Callaghan and Eoin Carty, under the guidance of their teacher Mona McMahon, putting in a flawless performance.
The first solo act of the show, Lenard Rochford showcased his voice, accompanied by the ukulele, on a combined variation of songs from Elvis Presley’s ‘Hound Dog’ and ‘That’s Alright Mama’ to ‘Stand by Me’ by the Temptations and ‘Stay Just a Little Bit Longer’.
The Rathmines’ student, who only recently took up the ukulele, captivated the audience with his wonderfully chirpy versions of some of the world’s favourite songs.
Next up saw the dance trio of Inchicore’s Leighann Goodwin, Leeann Teeling and Rebekah Lawless light up the hall with a fantastic dance routine to the sound of Rihanna’s ‘Disturbia’.
The second solo act of the evening saw Amy Cullen make her debut. Despite a slightly nervous start the Inchicore student steadied her nerves to sing an inspiring cover of Vanessa Carlton’s song ‘A Thousand Miles’.
Pathways drama group with Frank Allen at the helm performed the play ‘Missing You’ with real passion. Written by Breda Bennet and set between Dublin and France in 1916 the play follows the marriage of Lily (Claire Tangui) and Joe (Emmet Dennis).
After Joe leaves Dublin to fight in France Lily discovers she’s pregnant however as the play evolves it becomes apparent that Joe is not the father.
Communicating through letters Lily, with Joe’s friends Michael (Frank Allen) and Sadie (Breda Bennet) looking out for her and Lily’s sister CJ Conway making an appearance suspicions mount as to who is the real father of Lily’s baby.
As the tension mounts Joe is injured and returns home leaving fellow soldiers played by Pedro Couto and Niall Ganley behind. The finale culminates with an outpouring of curiosity, laughter and enjoyment from the audience as the baby’s father is finally revealed.
After the interval the stage was awash with a 20 piece Orchestra with the guitar playing students representing Kylemore College performing back to back songs.
The first was a wonderful version of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Winter, Largo. The second a great cover of The Beatles ‘When I’m Sixty Four’ with both songs being conducted by Elaine McCormack.
Bollywood Dance was next on the agenda with two students from Inchicore putting in a fantastically energetic and vibrant dance routine which was choreographed by Terence Lewis.
Inchicore’s Rebekah Lawless then put in a powerful solo showing when she sang Ellie Goulding’s ‘Starry Eyed’.
A duet between Ryan Collins and Joanne Kavanagh was another highlight of the night with awe-inspiring renditions of Rihanna’s ‘Take a Bow’ and Bruno Mars ‘Just the Way You Are’ by the students from St Kevin’s College.
Paul Cahill followed in the footsteps of his fellow colleagues by performing an astounding version of Galileo. Mark Lamb concluded St Kevin’s four piece set singing a spirited ‘It Will Rain’ by Bruno Mars. An exhibition of Zumba dance brought the curtain down on a fantastic evening for all those involved.
One final tribute of the night went to Frank Allen who was thanked for his tireless work and diligence over many, many years before being presented with champagne and chocolates for all his hard work!