Clara’s 'Chicago' scooped two awards at the AIMS national awards ceremony in Killarney last weekend. A large crew travelled to Killarney from Clara and the Midlands for the biggest event in the Irish musical calendar. They were feeling hopeful with an amazing four nominations for their highly praised production of 'Chicago' staged in April and returned with two awards. Wayne Handy and his team for ‘Best Stage Management’ and Jay Origan ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for her portrayal of ‘Mama Morton’. Runners-up trophies were collected on the night by Sinead Handy for ‘Best Ensemble’ (‘Me And My Baby’ scene) and Lea Carroll for ‘Best Choreography'. Another proud moment for Clara Musical Society was the inaugural presentation of the 'Rufina Recks’ trophy for' Best Choreography Sullivan section' kindly sponsored by John Coss. Clara’s neighbours Tullamore and Portlaoise also had a very successful evening. Tullamore picked up two awards from their 6 nominations Paul Norton ‘Best Director’ and Chris Corroon (who played 'Billy Flynn' in Clara' s 'Chicago') ‘Best Male Singer’ for 'Jekyll and Hyde'. The crowning moment for a fantastic night for the Midlands came when Portlaoise Musical Society scooped the most coveted prize of the weekend 'Best overall show' for their production of Titanic. Athlone picked up a 'House Management' award and Birr's Heather Colohan a runners up trophy for 'Best Comedienne' The awards points gained by Clara all but guarantees that they remain in the top ‘Gilbert’ tier for another five years. A fantastic end to a successful musical year. All that remains now for Clara M.S. is to announce a show for 2020 and their 50th Anniversary Celebrations, watch this space.
Clara MS are proud to be members of A.I.M.S. and for the ongoing support of Offaly County Council arts division.