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Beats Of The Elites: A Variety Show ‘Like No Other'

Rebecca Lenihan
Rebecca Lenihan

03:00 22 Jul 2021


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Beats Of The Elites: A Variety Show ‘Like No Other'

‘Beats of the Elites’ is a variety show ‘like no other’ which is to take place this August in Nenagh Co. Tipperary.

The show covers all genres of music and ‘promises to be a spectacular event and a show not to be missed’.

I caught up with Stephanie Browne Director and Choreographer ,Maire Long Musical Director and Tara Killilea Artistic Manager of the show about why exactly this is the tagline of the show:

“I think because the students involved have been trained to such an exceptionally high standard.

They have all had musical theatre training for about five or six years and they have won the world championships before and on top of that we are having  professionals who work full time in the industry and that in itself creates its own standard.”

Browne said and continued:

"It is really a show that is going to show everything from rock pop musical theatre hip hop it is not one genre it is constantly moving.

There is singing, dancing and acting it goes from sad to happy there is something to suit everyone."

These past two years have no doubt been tough on all industry due to the pandemic therefore it is nice to see the arts open back up again and I asked these three ladies exactly what has the impact been first hand for them working in the industry:

“The aim of the show is to revive the arts after two years of not having anything artsy going on in person.”

Long said and continued:

“Within all of the arts within visual arts within music within drama the whole elm of the arts  so it is really reviving the arts it is not like before it is coming back from this.”

Stephanie Browne said:

“We have been closed and since the pandemic hit we have been open three months out of fifteen months as classes were not allowed go ahead.

We eventually got open and we had to set up a marquee.

The kids are all in pods and being closed they have missed a year of training and it is all very different and very new.”

Owner of 'The Musical Theatre Academy Nenagh' Stephanie Browne addressed the Covid-19 guidelines in place for this production:

“It is in a tent.

It is in a marquee as we have to comply with Covid-19 guidelines and this means we have to run an outdoor event so half the marquee will be open to stay in compliance with restrictions.

It is different but in a very good way.”

Tara Killilea explained more about the seating and layout of the musical and how it complies with Covid-19 guidelines:

“There will be plenty of air circulation a very safe environment.

When you book your tickets you can sit in bubbles of up to six people.

The bubbles then will be socially distanced."

Maire Long also had this to say:

“In terms of putting the production on you would easily just not do it because there are so many restrictions and so many guidelines you would have to follow  it is not an easy task to undertake.

I think our understanding and our opinion on the whole thing is if we don’t try how will we know.

There has to be a step forward in getting our lives back and reopening the arts and the music industry.

Yes it is a risk but it is a risk we are taking in a very safe way and we are following every restriction and every protocol on the list.”

The restrictions have no doubt been tough and the team will only of had three weeks of rehearsals before show day but there is no doubt these world champions will take to the stage and blow the crowd away.

Tickets are from €19 and are on sale here.

The first date for this show to take place on Friday August 6th.


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