by JULIE-ANN SPENCE
Anne McCleary, Chairperson
of Fusion Theatre, is presented with the
trophy by Fiona Sheerin ( President of AIMS)
and Tom O'Connor Sales Manager of WDL
Volkswagen (Ireland) the principal sponsors
of AIMS. US2607-AIMS 1
FUSION Theatre has scored a hat trick in the prestigious
Association of Irish Musical Society Awards Ceremony.
Representatives of the Lisburn group travelled to Killarney
for the ceremony knowing they had been nominated for three
awards in the Sullivan category Best Male Voice (Nick Parks);
Best modern Opera; and for the prestigious Spirit of Aims Award,
for "uniting children across the sectarian divide through
To the delight of the group, they won all three against stiff
competition from amateur musical groups all over Ireland.
Nick Parks received the award for
best male singer from Fiona Sheerin and Tom O'Connor
Musical Director Ian Milford
presented with the award for Best Modern Opera by
It was even more spectacular for the local youth group,
because it was competing against dozens of other groups, mostly
adult, and in Fusion Theatre's case, for the first time.
The awards all related to their production of Jesus Christ
Superstar last September which, was directed by Ian Milford and
choreographed by Rebecca Leonard. It featured Chris Milford as
Jesus, Nick Parks as Judas, Joanna Hyndman as Mary Magdelene,
Raymond Walsh as Herod, and Graeme Clark as Pilate.
Nick Parks has already embarked on the start of his quest for
fame as he reached the final of the BBC search for a Joseph in
Any Dream will Do', and was praised by both Andrew Lloyd Webber
and the legendary Bill Kenwright.
Nick hopes to follow his dream to a career in music, but
before he leaves to study music full-time he will be reprising
his performance as Judas in the Island Hall on September 6-8,
when Fusion Theatre mounts the famous musical one more time, in
advance of taking part in the legendary Waterford International
Festival of Light Opera on September 25.
Tickets, costing £10 , have just gone on sale, and are
expected to sell out very quickly.