Coolmine Musical Society present Seussical-The Musical

At the Draíocht, Blanchardstown, 14-18 November

by Rose Barrett
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Established 42 years ago, Coolmine Musical Society will present Seussical-The Musical at the Draíocht Theatre in Blanchardstown later this month.  Based on the Dr Seuss books, this show lovingly brings to life many of his characters. 

Here you will find the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, and Jojo, as they work to save Whoville, a city located within a speck of dust! In this fantastical, magical, musical for all the family, the powers of friendship, loyalty, and community emerge triumphant.  ‘Today is your day, your mountain is waiting. So get on your way’ says the song, that is, to the Box Office and book right away! 

Founded in 1981, Coolmine Musical Society (CMS) has produced some great shows over the decades including 32 full musicals, concerts and variety shows. Affiliated to the Association of Irish Musical Society (AIMS), Coolmine has won several awards among them Best Choreography for Made in Dagenham which was nominated for three more categories in the national awards, Nine to Five (also Best Choreographer), and too many more to mention!

Máire Caffrey, PRO of Coolmine MS states there are 64 performers participating in this year’s show, including 18 junior members.

“One of the main parts is Jojo, played by Sean O’ Callaghan (10) from Dublin. He appeared in the Gaiety during the summer, he already has an amazing portfolio – Sean is such a talent. We’ve some new performers and some who’ve been with us for decades. The script is great fun, but the show is for everyone, not just for children, in fact, much of it might go over the heads of children. But it’s well worth seeing.

“Directed by Pat McElwain, musical direction is by Caitríona Ní Threasaigh; choreogrpaher is Nicole McDonald (last year’s winner at AIMS) – such a super talented bunch and of course, we have professional musicians playing live,” said Máire.

Cat in the Hat is played by Colin Flynn and Horton the Elephant by Justin Parkes; Emmagene Cooke takes on Gertrude McFuzz, Karen McCourt is Mayzie La Bird and Michelle Harris as Sour Kangaroo. There are talented groups such as Bird Girls and Wickersham Brothers plus other performers in a key role include Nicole Lamb, Rory Dignam, Ronan Walsh, Robbie Kennedy and Shay Griffin as the Grinch.

“We’d like to thank Fingal County Council for the grant funding, and support from Blanchardstown & District Credit Union,” said Máire. “Without them, we couldn’t have staged such a major production. Also so many local businesses and local councillors for their support. We do run several fundraisers during the year and despite having sell-out shows, every year, we are indebted to you all.”

Running from Tuesday 14 to Saturday, November 18, shows are now booking nightly at 8pm with a matinee on Saturday 18 at 2.30pm. Booking at or call (01) 885 2622.

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