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Sunday 20 August 2017

Billie Barry students in golden tribute

Ryan O'Shaughnessy and Brenda Donoghue (RTE) pictured with 50 pupils from The Billie Barry Stage School released 50 GOLD BALLOONS to launch THE BILLIE BARRY STAGESCHOOL 50TH ANNIVERSARY Presentation of
Ryan O'Shaughnessy and Brenda Donoghue (RTE) pictured with 50 pupils from The Billie Barry Stage School released 50 GOLD BALLOONS to launch THE BILLIE BARRY STAGESCHOOL 50TH ANNIVERSARY Presentation of "GOLD" - A TRIBUTE TO BILLIE BARRY at The Gaiety Theatre from 28th October - 1st November 2014 Featuring all 800 of its current pupils with stunning costumes and lavish productions with June Rodgers. Pic Patrick O'Leary No Repro fee for one use

a SHOW devised to celebrate 50 years of the Billie Barry Stage School will also be a special tribute to its founder, who recently passed away.

The entertainment show called Gold will celebrate the life of the theatrical legend following her death at the end of September.

Running at the Gaiety Theatre, the organisers say it is set to be an action-packed variety show for all the family, featuring all 800 of the school's current students aged between four years and 24 years of age.

The extravaganza will feature a recreation of some of her favourite musicals, as her students join together to honour their mentor.

It is being produced, directed and choreographed by her daughter, Lorraine Barry, with Peter Beckett as musical director.

The show will include scenes from Matilda, Shrek, The Great Gatsby as well as music from Beyonce, The Beatles and Stevie Wonder amongst others.

June Rodgers will also appear as a special guest.

The students at the school are all in rehearsals at the moment, and a behind-the-scenes team are working on the sets, lighting, sound, props and the hundreds of costumes necessary to ensure the success of such a lavish production.

Many of Dublin's best-known celebrities have graduated from the stage school.

Among the famous faces are actress Angeline Ball, singer Brian McFadden and singer Samantha Mumba.

Jubilee

It is estimated that up to 20,000 students have passed through the school, which is celebrating its Golden Jubilee this year.

Gold will be run at the Gaiety from Tuesday, October 28 to Saturday, November 1.

Tickets are on sale now from Ticketmaster and the Gaiety Theatre box office.

fdillon@herald.ie

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