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Star of our show 

will be taking on the demanding lead role in this musical tribute to a man who
charmed his way across Ireland, England the USA and back again.
(2009 & 2010)

New York City based actor  M.UiIiRiI.SiH is delighted to be back in the Kingdom for this summers run of Johnny Patterson the Musical. MiUiIiRiIiSiH, who has performed in some of the worlds finest venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, is loving the opportunity of once again lighting up the Killorglin stage for the home crowd. Supported by an amazing cast our leading man is dedicated to the telling of this incredible story that follows the extraordinary life of one of the worlds greatest entertainers.

Karen McGillycuddy takes the role of Biddy Donoghue, the girl
from Killorglin who who sets Johns heart fluttering.
(2009 & 2010)

Karen McGillycuddy is a primary school teacher in St. Enda's N.S., Gorey, Co.Wexford. A native of Killorglin, Karen got her first taste for the stage as a 'Kutest Kiddie' in the Killorglin Pantomime when she was nine. Now she has a string of musical achievements to her name including winning the coveted title of Kerry Rose in 2009. Together with her good friend Bridget Nolan, Karen has recently recorded a charity CD in aid of Cancer.

For more about Karen & Bridget's CD click here to jump to our History & Links page.

Irene Kavanagh is the American singer, Selina, who takes a fancy to Johnny. (2009 & 2010)

Renee Kavanagh is a stage 'natural' whose forte is her versatility. In Panto she has been a comedienne, the Good Fairy and the Wicked Baddie. She appears as a Music Hall singer, Selina, who falls for Johnny, but has to play second fiddle to his love for Biddy. The trio featuring the three leading characters is one of the highlights of to-night’s show.

Jack Healy is Dan Murphy, Johns best pal!!  (2009 - Finbarr Coffey)

Jack has performed in a long list of productions and situations that barely seem credible for a 16 year old?Les Miserables ?Hairspray ?the Wiz ?the Peter Pan the Pantomime (in London) ?Copacabana - never mind experience in radio and TV ?a special guest appearance at the ‘College of Dance?in Dublin - commended for his musicianship skills in “Féile an tSamhraidh?in county Cork ?2007 - selected as one of fifteen performers to attend a week long televised master-class with renowned “West-End?performers; Peter Corry, Simon Delaney and Rebecca Storm. Obviously, we can’t predict how he’ll get on in Kerry’s Got Talent, (yes of course he's in that as well!) but we are confident that he will bring his own brand of magic to the role of Dan Murphy.

Marina Cassidy  (2009 & 2010)

We are privileged to have Killarney’s Marina Cassidy playing the part of the Narrator; she is undoubtedly one of Irelands finest exponents of solo performance with voice and harp. Born in Co. Meath, Ireland, Marina began her musical education at the age of six. When at Mont Sackville, Dublin, she studied both harp and singing for years under excellent tutelage, and it is these twin talents that she has continued to nurture ever since. Many awards have been won, most notably the Irish Vocal Heritage Award 2000, gold medals at Feiseanna Ceol, and the Alec Redshaw Trophy for best classical song recital.

A much travelled concert artist, Marina has performed at the 20th Century Fox Studios, Los Angeles and at Nashville, Tennessee. She has also performed to critical acclaim for many prestigious state and public events in England and Europe. She has made a number of television appearances for RTE and is in constant demand in concert in this country.  (Click here to visit Marina's web-site)

  For 2010, Declan Mangan is John and Dan's first boss, Jack O’Leary.  (2009 - Donagh Crowley)

Bernie Fitzgerald is the Army Sergeant (2009 - Brian O'Sullivan)

Declan Mangan is Sebastian Lloyd (A far-sighted Circus Master) (2009 & 2010)

Ger O'Connor, is Father Brown, (the noble priest, beloved of Ennis Town) (2009 & 2010)

Hazel Devane (& in Feakle Maura Moriarty) is Daisy Belle Gilmore, the glamorous owner of a New York Music Hall,

In Johnny’s life and travels, we also meet a variety of characters including:- audience at the Circus - Morgan O'Sullivan, Catherine O'Riordan-McGrath (Edel Murphy in Feakle), son Timothy and Grace Cahillane - (2009 Kayla O'Sullivan); a woman at Puck, Orna Moriarty (2009 - Sarah Mangan); a barman in New York, Colm Clifford (2009 - Karl Falvey); a bully at an important concert, Colm Clifford; and busy on the information Board is “Bill Board?Anita Mangan.


Karen McGillycuddy, Kerry Rose 2009

Karen McGillycuddy is primary school teacher in St. Enda's N.S., Gorey, Co.Wexford. A native of Killorglin, Karen got her first taste for the stage as a 'Kutest Kiddie' with the Killorglin Pantomime group when she was nine. Karen received a Bachelor of Education with music from Mary Immaculate College in Limerick in 2006 where she specialized in Drama in education in her final year. She has a senior certificate in speech and drama and effective communication (under Aine Joy) with the Leinster School of Music and is currently studying for a diploma in piano with the Royal Irish Academy of Music. A soprano and in training with Deirdre Masterson (one of the three Irish Sopranos), she previously studied voice under Muireann Joy, Aine Joy, Aine Ni Ghabainn (Killorglin), Jean Holmes (Limerick) and Morgan Crowley (Dublin). She is currently preparing for her Diploma in Voice with the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Karen was a member of the Irish Youth Choir and Killorglin Chamber Choir and was runner up in the Kerry Young voice of the Year. She has worked with many musical societies throughout Ireland. Her roles include: Laurey in Gorey's musical society's award winning production of Oklahoma, Starbuck in Moby Dick, Peep Bo (one of The Three Little Maids) in the Mikado and the Fairy Queen in Old King Cole. She is also a member of Lyric Opera in Dublin where she starred in 'La Boheme' in the National Concert Hall last February and is due to take part in 'Carmen' this coming October. She is currently preparing for the Ceol Loch Garman's 10th Anniversary Gala performance in the Wexford Opera House in July. And as if that weren't enough she also has her upcoming role as Biddy in the Johnny Patterson production, and the small matter of preparing for the Rose of Tralee Festival. And in her spare time...
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