Transition Year students from St Joseph’s Secondary School in Rush joined forces with Prosper Fingal to stage a magical evening of songs from the musicals recently.
The collaboration between St Joseph’s and Prosper Fingal, which provides services and supports to around 300 adults with an intellectual disability, is now in its seventh year.
Prosper player Therese Fogarty, one of the narrators, told the audience at the Millbank Theatre that the students and Prosper Players are buddied-up at the start of rehearsals.
“It is a great opportunity to get to know the students,” she said, introducing a performance of You’ve Got A Friend In Me.
The ensemble also performed A Thousand Years using the lamh communication tool, which narrator and Prosper Player John Paul McDermott explained was a means of communicating with people who may have difficulties in this regard.
“Lamh is actively used in Prosper Fingal and we wanted to teach the Transition Year students, and no better way than through a song,” he said.
There were many fine performances on a night when everyone was a star, including students Sean O’Dea and Kadem Price who injected great energy into Everybody, by The Blues Brothers.
There were brilliant vocal performances, including by students Rachel Dillon and Lauren Cullen Browne, while Prosper Player Kim Doyle impressed with her poised ballet dancing.
Prosper Player Stephen Dowdall was sensational, particularly his performance of Bring Him Home from Les Miserables, when candles were brought on stage to remember Prosper Fingal service-users who have passed away.
Transition Year coordinator at St Joseph’s, Ciaran Reade, said: “What I enjoyed most here tonight was seeing the generosity, friendships that have been formed, the enthusiasm, the support, the equality, the kindness between both groups.”