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Boyle has always had a rich tradition of musical talent, going back to the days of local operettas and concerts in the 1920s, up to the pantomimes presented by St. Joseph's Musical Society during 1950s, '60s and '70s. However, there had not been a regular musical or pantomime in the town since 1975.
The origins of Boyle Musical Society date back to January 1984, when local Bank of Ireland employees, Joan Tuohy, Belinda McCauley and Adrian Moore discussed the possibility of starting a Musical Society in Boyle.
They decided to place the following notice in the Roscommon Herald to see if there would be sufficient local interest in the idea.
A substantial number of people turned up at the meeting and it was agreed to form a Committee and organise a show, with a view to staging it in the late spring.
Boyle Musical Society was born that night and the first committee was elected.
Michael Gilmartin & Belinda McCauley
Liam Cahill, Breda Dodd, Emma Dodd, Mardette Lynch, Mary Ryan, Jenny Sloan.
The meeting discussed several show possibilities and it was eventually agreed that 'The White Horse Inn' would be the first production.
Liam O'Callaghan was appointed as show Director and Sr. Richard took on the role of Musical Director.
Rehearsals and casting commenced the following week and the show was staged in St. Joseph’s Hall over five nights from Sunday April 29th to May 6th 1984.
Below are some local press cuttings from that time.
The show was a great success and the enthusiasm for a follow-up was strong. Within six months, rehearsals had started for Jerome Kern's 'Showboat', which was staged in March 1985.
Boyle Musical Society has flourished and continued to present a show, every year since then.
Boyle Musical Society.
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