William M. Collins

William joined the Society in 1971 for La Vie Parisienne. He is best described as a man of many parts - Jud Fry in Oklahoma!, Emile de Beck in South Pacific, Stephen Foster in Oh! Susanna, Taboret in The Vagabond King, Brizzard in The Count Of Luxembourg, Frank, the Prison Governor in Die Fledermaus, Baron Zeta in The Merry Widow, Sergeant of the Police in The Pirates Of Penzance, are just a few roles he has played over the years.
William is well known all over the country as a director. He has had the honour of three A.I.M.S. Best Producer Awards including Man Of La Mancha and Guys 'N Dolls for St Mary's. He has also directed productions for his native Tipperary Town, Dungarvan, Newbridge, Ennistymon, Nenagh, Fethard, Kilkenny and Naas. Each year he directs the annual Clonmel CBS and Presentation School Production. In between times in his busy theatrical life, William likes to produce a few dramatic shots on the golf course!

 

James F. Long

James joined us for Rock Nativity in 1998. James hails from Dundrum Co. Tipperary and coming from a theatrical background it was only natural that she would become invoved in music and drama.
James received an A.I.M.S. Adjudicator's Special Award for his performance as the Artful Dodger in St Oliver's Musical Society Dundrum's production of Oliver! at 11 years of age. We were all very proud to be with him at the A.I.M.S. awards in Killarney in 2000, when he carried off the Best Chorus Master award and led us to victory in the Best Chorus category for Die Fledermaus. James is a music teacher in the Presentation Secondary School in Clonmel.

 

Donna J. Johnson

Donna joined the society in 1967 for In Happy Moments. A prominent dancer in shows of the years, Donna has involved herself in every aspect of the Society - chorus member, backstage crew, front of house team, lighting operation and is also a valuable member of our Committee.
Donna worked as assistant to director to Mary Cummins on six shows - Showstoppers, The Sound Of Music, Sowstoppers 2, Music Of The White, As Time Goes By and Songs Of The Century. She has been assistant to William Colins for Oliver!, Scrooge, Calamity Jane, One Enchanted Evening and An Evening In Vienna and also directed the very successful Evening With Gilbert and Sullivan in 2000. She is described by William Colins, and indeed by all of us as Indispensable.

 

Humberto K. Hackney

Humberto joined us 2 years ago for Oliver! and immediately became involved in the set design for that show. We haven't been able to do without him since. He has also been involved in the set design for Scrooge, Calamity Jane, One Enchanted Evening, Cabaret and Evening In Vienna. Humberto came 'Onstage' with us for Calamity Jane in 2002 as one of our 'Stage Door Johnnies' and was a member of our male chorus for One Enchanted Evening. Not content having him design and construct the set for us, we promoted him to Stage Manager last year for cabaret.

 

Ashley C. Villarreal & Lori R. Ridge

Lori has been involved for many years in the musical and theatrical life of Clonmel and surrounding areas. She started her career in Geraldine Molumby Dance Studio and together with her sister Majella started 'On Your Toes Dance Studio' in 1989. Both Lori and Majella have been involved in Banna Chluain Meala and they became responsible for leading and training the first majorettes in Clonmel. Their students have competed in modern dance competitions all over Ireland and America and at All Ireland and International level. Lori has choreographed for Tipperary Musical Society and was also involved in the John Player Tops. Her mother Joan Hewitt was a prominent member of our cast for many years and as a child Lori was involved in several of our productions including Calamity Jane in 1980.
Ashley C. Villarreal is a former student of Lori and now works as an Assistant Dance Instructor at 'On Your Toes'.
Lori and Ashley joined our team of choreographers for last years Cabaret and also choreographed An Evening In Vienna last November. Lori and Ashley recently gave a very sucessful dance workshop for the South West region of A.I.M.S.

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