St. Mary’s Musical Society (SMMS) was founded back in 1967 with our first show being produced and staged in 1968. This year marks our 50th Anniversary. Over the last 50 years, we have produced a wide range of musicals and pantomimes from the classics to the more modern shows. In recent years newer and bigger productions, younger casts and an increased emphasis on choreography, costumes and set design have played a part in ensuring even more thrilling theatrical experiences for our audiences.
We have a long association with Amateur Irish Musical Societies (AIMS), which we joined back in 1969, becoming one of the first provisional musical societies to do so. Over the years we have had the honour of winning several awards for our musical productions at the AIMS Awards Ceremony held in the INEC Killarney, winning Best Overall Show for “Little Shop of Horrors” in 2012 with our most recent win for Best Chorus for our production of All Shook Up in 2017.
We were delighted to launch the SMMS Summer Camp for children in 2013. This is the future blood of SMMS. Most of the children feature in our pantos as well as our summer cabaret.
Year after year we welcome new adults members who can sing, dance or act. All members are encouraged to be actively involved in whatever way suits. Members have been appointed as directors, musical directors and choreographers; with all members continuously being involved in set design and construction, light & sound effects, backstage crew, costume design and dressing, catering and front of house. There truly is something for everyone who wants to get involved!
From time to time we invite young people under the age of 18 to join us in our productions if there is a call for a younger cast.