What is A.I.M.S
The Association of Irish Musical Societies (AIMS) provides a voice to musical theatre in Ireland. Over 130 musical societies, throughout the whole of Ireland, are members of AIMS – this relates to around 14,000 people directly involved with musical theatre and an audience base of around 1.2 million. Membership of AIMS is open to any society that is involved in Musical Theatre in Ireland, subject to their membership application being approved by the AIMS ruling body - the National Council.
The Adjudication & Awards Scheme is one of the most popular AIMS activities. The scheme is designed to constantly raise standards and push forward musical theatre in Ireland. With many analogies to the Oscars, the scheme rewards outstanding talent in different categories. Under this scheme, an adjudicator attends each participating show and provides a written critique.
At the end of each musical season in May, the adjudicator then draws up nominations for the awards based on the shows they have seen. In true Oscar fashion, the nominations cover all aspect of a performance, from Best Actor and Actress to Best Stage Management, Best Director to Best Overall Show etc., The nominations are then announced at a gala ceremony.
The AIMS Awards Weekend is celebrated annually in June. The highlight of this weekend is the announcement of the award winners in the Adjudication & Awards Scheme.
The Awards Weekend is attended by almost 1000 people and is the largest event of its kind held in Ireland. It brings together people who have a common love of musical theatre and provides a great social opportunity for members from different societies to come together.
AIMS also organises a number of different workshops in various locations throughout Ireland. These workshops cover various aspects of Musical Theatre. Examples of recent workshops include, Singing, Make-Up, Dancing and Youth Workshops. These workshops are open to members of societies that belong to AIMS.
AIMS Awards and Nominations
|2016 - Some Like it Hot||Won: Ronan Walsh for Best Comedian for his role as Jerry/Daphne|
|2015 - Avenue Q||Nominated: Colin Flynn for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his role of Rod
|2012 - Little Shop of Horrors||Won: Best Overall Show|
|2011 - Nunsense||Nominated: Carol O'Toole for Best Comedienne for her role of Sister Amnesia|
|2009 - Jane Eyre||Won:
Best Actor: Ray O'Hare for his role of Mr Edward Fairfax Rochester
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Mairead Murray won for her role as Mrs Fairfax
Best Musical Director: Ivan McKenna
|2006 - West Side Story||Won:
Best Stage Management
Runner up for Best Overall Show
Nominated for: Best Musical Director (David Hayes)
Nominated for: Best Female Singer (Aoife Cartwright as Maria)
|2003 - The Music Man||Won: Best Technical (Lighting, Sets & Sound)|
|2002 - Mack and Mabel||Nominated for: Best Musical Director (David (DOC) O'Connor)
Nominated for: Best Actress (Aisling Brown as Mabel)
|2000 - Oliver||Won: Best Stage Management|
|1998 - Guys 'n' Dolls||Won: Best Wardrobe
Nominated for: Best Comedian (Gerry Herbert as Nathan Detroit)
Nominated for: Best Lighting