Naas Musical Society was Founded in 1995 by Mona Conroy and Mary Fox and has since gone on to produce high quality musical productions every year.
Affiliated to A.I.M.S. (Association of Irish Musical Societies) the society has received in excess of 30 nominations since it's inception. Naas MS is a vibrant , community based organisation that produces a concert and a musical show annually.
Previous Productions include, 'Calamity Jane', 'The Wedding Singer ', ‘Sugar’, ‘Curtains’ and most recently 'All Shook Up' (2019).
Our 2020 Production will be the fabulous ‘Sister Act’.
If you would like to know more about our upcoming shows, why not check out our EVENTS page. Or if you would like any information on joining the society, or have any questions for us, why not send us a message through our JOIN US page.
NMS COMMITTEE FOR 2019/2020
PRESIDENT - Val Brennan
CHAIRPERSON - Rosemarie O'Dowd
VICE CHAIRPERSON - Claire O’Reilly
SECRETARY - Tina O'Kelly
TREASURER - Miriam Fagan
VICE TREASURER - Cathy Byrne
PRO - Aishling Byrne
COMMITTEE MEMBERS -
Claire Regan, Mona Conroy & Della McCartney
2019 Open Night
25 years proves popular for Naas Musical Society!
The Committee of Naas Musical Society was completely taken aback at the turn out for their recent Open Night. The King’s Room in The Town House Hotel was packed to the rafters with people both familiar and new, all eager to find out what the society has planned for its all important 25th year.
In attendance were both production teams for the season, Mona Conroy (Director), Brian Brady (MD) and Aideen Leacy will be in charge of their 25th Anniversary Gala Concert taking place in November. Mona explained that there will be lots of choice in the concert, including appearances from members who starred in the original productions of NMS’ shows! Then it was the turn of the Sister Act team, Arthur McGauran (Director), Sarah Lynch Barrett (MD) & Grace McGrath (Choreographer), they explained that Sister Act is not all about the nuns, so if members are not in the nuns chorus, there will still be plenty to do! Auditions for Sister Act take place on Sunday 8th September at 11am in The Town House Hotel, so far, interest has been over whelming, society secretary, Tina O’Kelly said she had never sent out so many audition pieces for any show before!
The highlight of the night was chairperson, Rosemarie O’Dowd, welcoming most members from the Society’s first ever committee, including fellow founding member Mary Fox, who travelled all the way from Wexford to be there. Mary spoke of her chance meeting with Mona Conroy whilst walking along the canal and thus Naas Musical Society was born!
The night ended on a high with everyone looking forward to getting stuck into rehearsals for the concert on the 2nd of September! Onwards and upwards for this valiant troupe, surviving the recession and beyond! Here’s to the next 25!
Our March 2020 show is…
2019 Tom Dowling Memorial Award
Huge Congrats to NMS Newcomer Declan Curtis who was presented with the Tom Dowling Memorial Trophy for Best Newcomer.
The society was saddened last year at the sudden, untimely loss of their beloved long-time member, Tom Dowling, Tom embodied what a true member of any organisation should be, he loved to see new members joining the society and was always ready with a warm, friendly welcome. To this end the committee felt it fitting to have a Best New Member Award in Tom’s honour. Declan Curtis joined the society last September and got completely immersed in all things NMS, helping with all aspects of fundraising, moving the stage, getting raffle prizes etc. The attendees of the meeting met the announcement with agreement and enthusiasm, a shocked Declan gratefully accepted the accolade.
It was so great that Mairin was there to hand over this award to Declan and we are so proud of you Mairin. xx
Never forgotten and always in our hearts Tom
2019 Eileen Corcoran Award
Huge Congrats to Mary Smyth who was awarded the Eileen Corcoran Unsung Hero award. Mary has been a member of the society since the early days and has always been on hand to share her sewing talents to help fix zips, take in or let out costumes and everything in between.
So some key words and phrases that were a common thread throughout the nominations Were phrases like, We’d be lost without them Fun, Helpful, Grafter, Hard working, burning the midnight oil, worth their weight in gold… and everyone of those are true. For more years than we can remember Mary has always been on hand to lend and share their talents, either backstage or front of house and each area as professional as the other. We think it is very fitting that Mary had for many years worked along-side Eileen and I know Eileen is probably up there thinking about time!!!!
It is with great pride that the society crowns Mary as this years Eileen Corcoran Unsung Hero in recognition for her years of hard work and dedication to our group both with costumes and front of house. Thank you Mary.