Marie Hickey together with Maureen McCormack, the co-founders of Clane Musical and Dramatic Society, showed great vision when in October 1983 they formed a musical society in what was then a tiny little village. That vision has long since been vindicated - the Society’s achievements over the last thirty-four years are nothing short of amazing.
The first production was of “The Boyfriend” (1983) on a makeshift stage set up in the GAA Hall on the Prosperous Road, followed by “Fiddler on the Roof” (1984) in Scoil Mhuire and “Guys ‘n Dolls” in the now-demolished Behan’s Ballroom (1985). Since 1986 home for CMDS is the wonderful Abbey on Main Street, Clane, courtesy of Clane Community Council. In the intervening years, the Society has produced a musical every year except 1987. Shows have included The New Mikado (reprised as “The Hot Mikado”) and The New Pirates of Penzance (reprised as “The Pirates of Penzance) Oklahoma! (staged twice) Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Sweet Charity, My Fair Lady, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Hello Dolly to name a few. The shows have been received by our patrons to great acclaim and the number of AIMS nominations and awards garnered by the Society and its members, for musical and acting performances, set design and stage management-speak volumes for the standard achieved by the Society.
Who are we you ask... Meet the committee (we are awaiting our fabulous headshots - so we improvised)
Elaine Moore O'Donohoe
Sinéad Byrne, Trish Larkin, Andy Kelly, Ray O'Donohoe