A teenager from Tipperary Town has a coveted role in tonight’s (Friday July 1) ‘Evita the Concert’ at Dublin’s National Concert Hall.
Aaron O’Donoghue (16), son of Adrian and Órla, Breansha, passed a demanding nationwide casting, which included two auditions, to play his part, much to the delight of his music-loving family.
Young people from all over Ireland auditioned for their place, and as part of the Irish Youth Musical Theatre’s summer training program, Aaron and the other performers will receive mentoring from the industry’s top creators, as well as the opportunity to perform with the National Symphony Orchestra.
Roles played include Ché, Magaldi, Juan Peron, Mistress, as well as the star ensemble, of which Aaron is a part.
Aaron’s rehearsals began at the National Concert Hall on June 21 and continued for two intense but exciting weeks in preparation for the show, which has been sold out for several weeks now. It will be an incredible experience and opportunity for the developing star.
Evita in Concert will be led by the West End creative team of conductor John Rigby and IYMT Artistic Director, Donegal-born and rising director on the London theater scene, Séimí Campbell.
The National Symphony Orchestra will partner with the Irish Youth Musical Theater Group for the cocert performance of Evita, the world-famous and record-breaking production by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.
Almost thirty years after her West End success in the title role, ‘First Lady of Irish Musical Theatre’, Rebecca Storm returns to the balcony as Eva Peron, sharing the role.
It’s a dream come true for the always busy and talented teenager from Tipperary who has just completed the transition year at St. Ailbe’s Secondary School.
Aaron and his brother Luke have always loved music and their home is never without some form of music, from pop and rock to musical theater and traditional Irish. It’s no surprise that he treasures music so much, a passion he inherited from both sides of the family.
Aaron’s mother Órla and father Adrian are known to sing a few tunes and have both appeared on stage with the Tipperary Musical Society in the past. Aaron’s grandfather, Seamus O’Reilly, is a solo tenor and his grandmother Mary O’Donoghue (née Morrissey) is a cousin of country singer Louise Morrissey.
Aaron first appeared on stage in primary school performances and in 2016 with the Tipperary Musical Society he played one of Evita’s children, so his love for different types of music and interpretation is continually progressing.
During Aaron’s junior year of high school, he played the lead role of Aladdin in the school musical, alongside Shona Hogan who played Princess Jasmine. Playing lead roles for both at such a tender age was a big undertaking, but the two did surprisingly well and the show was a big hit.
After the pandemic hiatus, the musical world came back to life this year and in March Aaron starred as Mendel in the Tipperary Musical Society’s ‘Fiddler on the Roof’.
In April it was time for the school musical and what a show it turned out to be. Aaron played the role of Sam in “Take a Chance” (Pierce Brosnan eats your heart). For each show, they got the audience going, singing and dancing to all the ABBA classics.
Also this summer, this tireless teenager from Tipperary Town will play the role of Pablo in ‘Sister Act’, which is produced by Excel Youth Theater Group of Tipperary Town.
Everyone in Tipperary Town joins him in wishing Aaron the best in ‘Evita’ tonight and also all the success for the future.
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