IRELAND’s longest continuous running pantomime trouple, St Conleth’s in Newbridge, presented its 78th consecutive show in St Conleth and Mary’s school hall last week.
For the Dame, aka Mick Malone, it’s very much a family affair.
Mick, who first appeared in the St Conleth’s Panto in 1988 as the emperor in Alladin has been the Dame ever since and this year he took to the stage for his 31st consecutive panto.
There are up to 70 members in the cast with many more people working backstage and front of house, including Mick’s daughter Brenda Malone Gilroy who is the show choreographer.
Last year during Peter Pan Mick surprised Brenda by bringing her baby son Joey up on stage. It went down a treat with the audience and Joey also enjoyed the experience. However it didn’t go quite as well this year when Mick decided to bring his young granddaughter Olivia on stage as Mick explained.
“Last year Brenda my daughter was bopping around in front of the stage with Joey in her arms and I grabbed him and brought him up on stage and he loved it. This year I couldn’t pass up the opportunity and I decided to do it again with my granddaughter Olivia. She was terrified when she saw me in the wig and the makeup and she cried. However I’m sure in a few years time she will look back on this and have a good laugh about it,” said Mick.
Rapunzel, which was directed by Claire Regan with Katie Conlan as Musical Director ran from Saturday 27 January to Saturday last 3 February with 10 shows in total including three matinees. Mick says the cast and crew have had great support from the public.
“It has been brilliant, we have had great crowds and those who came along really enjoyed it. It is hard work but it is also great craic. The cast incloudes Damien Pearson and Pat Cullen as the two comedians, a wonderful young lady called Ellen Clare is Rapunzel and Shauna Maguire who is making her panto debut took on the role of Gothel. The role of the Dame’s son Flynn The Fearless is played by Stacy Maher.”