The Oughterard players made a very successful debut in pantomine when they played “Snow White and the Seven Corkman” to packed houses on Sunday and Monday nights.
Based on the old Irish folk tale of the “Hunger Demon” the script was packed with side-splitting situations and these were availed of to the fullest extent by a very talented cast.
Jack Keogh as Cronan the Kerry farmer give a wonderfully exaggerated reproduction of the ultra poetic language of a character in a Synge play in the Abbey Theatre in the second last decade, and was well supported by Norah Joyce (Snow White) and Mary B Molloy (Blath). Incidentally Norah Joyce’s singing was added pleasure for the audience. Jessie Joyce (Eileen) was very convincing in the role of a maid with complete disregard for class distinction. Al Gibney was really funny in a similar role, while Tommy McQuinn and Pat Gibbons made amusing characters of two members of the Gardai.
The older members of a well-chosen cast were: Jim Flaherty (Witch), Frank O’Toole (King Cathal), Ruth O’Malley (Lady Emer), Nan Burke (Fairy Queen), Mike Ferris, Nancy Keogh, Dodo Neville, Paddy D’Arcy and Anthony Gibney. Incidental items were rendered by Maura Neville, Mrs. Murphy, Paddy Geoghegan, Mick Gill and Joe Lydon. In the choruses were Tessie Clancy, Shirley Cunningham, Mary Donnellan, Nora McQuinn and Mary Naughton.
In the orchestra were Mrs. Murphy, P. Conneely, M. Conneely, P. Roland and B. Walsh. The costumes were made locally by N. Conneely, M. Cunningham, C. Molloy and M. B. Molloy.
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