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Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards 2016

posted Apr 25, 2016, 7:47 AM by St Vincent's Convent National School Cork

St. Vincent’s Convent Primary School shortlisted in this year’s Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards

Awards ceremony to take place on 5 May 2016

St. Vincent’s Convent Primary School has been shortlisted in the Best Female Performance in a Leading Role and Best Overall School Musical categories for its production of Getting to Know the Sound of Music.

A group of children will now travel to a special awards ceremony at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on Thursday, 5 May 2016 where the winners will be announced. RTÉ Two Tube presenters Stephen Byrne and Bláthnaid Treacy will host the event, with a special guest performance yet to be announced. We are so proud of all of the children that were involved in our production of Getting to Know the Sound of Music, which was originally staged in our school hall in February 2015, to rapturous praise from parents, staff and the entire school community. 

The highly successful awards were set up by Bord Gáis Energy to recognise and reward participation in drama in schools. This year, 2,888 entries were received from 351 primary and secondary schools across Ireland. St. Vincent's  is lucky enough to be one of four schools chosen to perform on the stage of the theatre, an opportunity that many professional actors would love to be given.

This year’s judging panel comprised actress Amy Huberman; playwright Marina Carr; Strictly Come Dancing star Tristan MacManus; author Sarah Webb; set and costume designer Maree Kearns; Bord Gáis Energy Theatre manager Stephen Faloon and Bord Gáis Energy communications manager, Irene Gowing.

Commenting on the shortlist Irene Gowing, communications manager for Bord Gáis Energy said: “The standard of this year’s entries was exceptional, showing the wealth of talent in schools across the country, and I’ve no doubt there are many stars in the making. For the judges, this meant a really tough job narrowing down our shortlist. I would like to thank all teachers and students in Cork who entered, as well as the parents who support them. Congratulations to all the shortlisted Cork schools and students and we look forward to the welcoming you all at the awards ceremony on the 5 May.”

The full 2016 shortlist is available to view at