Coming Soon 
Seussical the Musical - Wednesday 15 November 
to Sunday 19 November 2017 ( 5 shows))
IMC (Iveagh Movie Studios), Banbridge
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Banbridge Musical Society

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Ian Milford - Director

Ian’s direction credits with Fusion Theatre include “The King and I”, “Calamity Jane”, “Les Miserables”, “Oklahoma!”, “Oliver!”, “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “Titanic The Musical”, “HMS Pinafore”, “Pirates of Penzance”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Chess”, “The Boys in the Photograph”, “Evita”, “Phantom of The Opera”, “Miss Saigon”, “Aida”, “Sunshine on Leith” and “Whistle down the Wind”.

Ian’s production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” won Best Modern Opera and Best Amateur Director at the 2007 Waterford Festival of Light Opera. The following year, Ian won AIMs award for Best Director for Fusion Theatre’s production of “Pirates of Penzance”.

in 2010 Ian fulfilled a long held and treasured dream to take part in the Buxton Gilbert and Sullivan Festival; his faith in cast, crew and band was confirmed when the production of “HMS Pinafore” won the inaugural Buxton Gilbert and Sullivan Youth Competition and Best Show (NI Region) at the National Operatic and Dramatic Association awards. 

In 2011, Ian won Best Musical Director for “Beauty and the Beast” making him the only person to win an AIMs award for both Best Musical Director and Best Director. Fusion’s following show “Chess” saw Ian lead the company to pick up “Best Youth Show” and “Best Stage Management”.

2012 saw him take up the enormous challenge of taking on the Ireland premiere of “The Beautiful Game”, a particularly pertinent piece of theatre is set in Belfast during the early days of “The Troubles”. Ian had the privilege of working closely with the writer Ben Elton and The Really Useful Group. 

Aside from Fusion, Ian has written and produced a one act play entitles “The Three Acre Bog” which was performed at the Waterfront Hall. He has also directed shows for Lisnagarvey Operatic, Downpatrick Choral Society and Newcastle Glee. No stranger to treading the boards himself, Ian has played many principal roles including Fredric (Pirates of Penzance) a part for which he won AIMs Best Male Singer. 

Niall O'Flaherty - Musical Director 

Niall began working as an accompanist for the Newpoint Youth Production “Back to The 80s” when he was 16. He has worked with the QUB Players , St. Mary’s University College Belfast as well as Kaleidoscope Productions when studying Music in Queens University Belfast. 

Niall specialised in accompaniment when studying at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia under the tutelage of Sally Whitwell. Upon returning to Northern Ireland he completed a PGCE at Ulster University in 2013. 

Niall has worked with (amongst others) St. Patricks Musical Society, Newcastle Glees, Newry Musical Society, Bosco Drama group ,Banbridge Musical society, Peter Corry Productions and Toccata Musical Productions as well as assisting in the creation of the Newry Community Choir. These roles have ranged from repetiteur to Musical Director. 

Niall was one of the accompanists for the Irish Song Project: a collection of Irish songs throughout history based in Queens University Belfast and Musical Co-ordinator in the Coláiste an Phiarsaigh Gaeltacht.

Niall has just completed a successful run acting as MD for Belfast Voice and Dance Academy’s Into The Woods by Sondheim at the Lyric Theatre.

Lynne Gourley - Choreographer
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