Stagecraft Musical Group was set up in 2017 as a summer musical project by South Dublin County Partnership, in conjunction with Crosscare Youth Service Clondalkin, and supported by Lucan and Clondalkin Credit Union. The aim was to offer young people aged 14-18 in South Dublin free, high quality training in singing, dancing and acting. This weekend at the Civic, they stage ‘A Night at the Musicals’ bringing you on an epic journey through some of the most well loved musicals of our time with unforgettable scenes and songs from Matilda, Aladdin, High School Musical and Sister Act. A show which promises to entertain the entire family.
We met with some of the cast in advance of the show. First up it’s Sinead.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, where you grew up etc?
My name is Sinead Manuel. I’m 16 years old and I’m from Lucan. I’ve been living in Lucan for the past 8 to 9 years. I used to live in Rathmines and Crumlin before I moved to Lucan. Aside from musical theatre, I like to play the guitar and ukulele. Dance and music play a really big part in my life. It’s what makes me the person I am.
Tell us about your interest in the performing arts?
Performing arts, to me, is an escape from reality and a way to express myself. I’ve grown up watching films like High School Musical, Hairspray, Annie and many others. I loved singing and dancing along to all the songs. I knew that musical theatre was something I wanted to do but I was always too shy to try it out. It wasn’t until last year that I decided to be confident and join the Stagecraft Musical Group. Since then, I’ve performed in two musicals and I’m going to perform a third time in the upcoming Stagecraft musical.
What is your role in the upcoming Stagecraft musical?
In the upcoming musical, my role is Deloris Van Cartier in Sister Act. Deloris is a very big, very sassy character, which is quite the contrast to my personality in real life. But the role is such a fun one to portray.
What is your favourite bit about performing?
I don’t have a favourite. I love everything about performing. I’m not exactly sure why I like it so much but what I do know is that there’s no feeling like it.
Would you like a career on stage or behind the scenes?
As a career, I would prefer to be on stage because I want to be able to show the talent that I have. The feeling of performing in front of an audience is amazing and it just wouldn’t be the same for me if I was working behind the scenes.
A Night at the Musicals
Saturday 30th & Sunday 1st July