AIMS Nominations 2016

The AIMS Nominations for the 2015-16 season were announced on May 21, and we were delighted that our chairman, Tony Young, was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his wonderful performance as the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz.

We were also very happy to see that Angela Montgomery was nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of Paulette Bonafonte in Ulster Operatic’s production of Legally Blonde.

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I Wanna Be a Producer

The Producers promotional photoOur next show will be The Producers. Adapted by Mel Brooks from his 1968 film of the same name, it tells the story of two theatrical producers who devise a scheme to get rich by over-selling interests in a Broadway flop.

Featuring much-loved songs such as Der Guten Tag Hop-ClopWhen You’ve Got It, Flaunt It and Springtime for Hitler, this hilarious show won a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards and ran for over 2,500 performances on Broadway.

We will perform this show in the Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey in March 2017.

We’re Off to See the Wizard

V19A9015Our main show for 2016 was The Wizard of Oz.

Adapted from L Frank Baum’s book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, this musical features many popular songs, including:

  • Follow the Yellow Brick Road
  • Ding! Dong! The Witch is Dead
  • If I Only Had a Heart
  • and the iconic Over the Rainbow.

Simon Pyper returned once more as director along with Billy Cairns as MD and Angela Harding as choreographer.

See the cast details here.

The Youth Group is Back!

After taking a well-earned rest last year, FMS Youth Group joined forces with the Belfast School of Performing Arts (BSPA).

Cats logoOn Saturday 7 May 2016, they presented two performances of Cats in the Theatre at the Mill, led by the BSPA teachers.

Based on T S Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the show is set in a junkyard playground alive with feline characters. The Jellicle Cats come out to play on the night of the Jellicle Ball, telling their stories for the amusement of Old Deuteronomy, their wise leader.

Cats is one of the longest running shows in both Broadway and the West End, and contains well-loved songs such as Macavity, the Mystery CatMr Mistoffelees and the unforgettable Memory. (See what I did there?)

Featuring a magnificent score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cats is a brilliant song and dance spectacular not to be missed.