Hundreds of people auditioned for the part, and last night the stars of Toy Show The Musical were revealed on RTÉ’s Late Late Show.
eola Dunne (10), from Dunsany, Co Meath, Clare Keely (12), from Craigavon, Co Armagh, and Doireann McNally (11), from Dundalk, Co Louth, will play Nell Mooney respectively when Toy Show The Musical open in December.
The stage show tells the story of 12-year-old Nell, who is gearing up for one of the biggest nights of the year – see annual Late Late Toy Show on RTE.
She is determined to recreate her mother’s favorite Toy Show tradition, but not everyone wants to reminisce about the past. Worse still, disaster strikes, putting the entire show in jeopardy, and Nell and her friends must find a way to keep everyone’s favorite carnival TV show alive.
Ceola, Clare and Doireann are looking forward to joining the rest of the cast for rehearsals for the show from later this month.
Ceola, who has three older brothers, attended the Acting Academy in Dunshaughlin, and says she loves to sing.
“We’ll be starting rehearsals in a few weeks,” the fifth grader said.
She told Independent Irish it was “quite difficult” to get the role.
“There were a lot of auditions, but honestly, I think it was all worth it,” she said.
“I had to meet new people and make countless friends, and here I am. Unbelievable. “
Meanwhile, Clare, a Junior Eurovision semi-finalist, will use her dancing and singing skills in her new role.
When it comes to all the lines Clare has to learn, she intends to “learn it bit by bit, and hopefully if it all goes well, I’ll figure it out.”
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Clare, a sophomore in high school and preparing for her third grade piano exam, said that during the auditions, she was “very excited”.
“I remember handing in the tape and thinking, ‘Oh well… it doesn’t hurt to try.’ And then whenever I get a call back, I’m really shocked and super excited to go down and sing,” she said.
“Whenever I get called back again, I just can’t believe it. It’s great to get there.”
Meanwhile, Doreann is no stranger to The Late Late Toy Show. When she was 8 years old, she was the ‘Little Dancer’ in an Elton John concert. Now in sixth grade, Doireann said that when Tarah’s mother told her she had won the part in Toy Show The MusicalShe jumped up and down with excitement.
“I was at summer camp, and the camp director took me out of camp and told me to go out into the hallway because my mother was there,” she said.
“She brought me a pack of carbonated crisps and she gave me the phone and told me I was going to be Nell in a little while. Toy show music. I jumped with excitement and I cried.”
When asked how she would fit all the homework into her new role, she added that Mr Finnegan, her teacher at Kilsaran National School, had printed the worksheets. go home
this week, “lots of fingers crossed”.
The girls will join an already announced adult cast of Jamie Beamish, Clare Barrett and Anna Healy, with company rehearsals starting later this month.
Finding new Irish talent is a priority for the team behind the musical, including casting director Maureen Hughes.
A decision was made to change the role of Nell among the three girls, due to their young age.
The girls’ names were revealed last night Late evening which means they can finally let people know their news.
Talk about the casting of Ceola, Clare and Doireann, executive producers of Toy Show The Musical, Jane Murphy and Katherine Drohan, said: “These young women are extraordinary; each portrays Nell’s character from head to toe. “
Toy Show The Musical will run from December 10 to December 31 at the Convention Center in Dublin.
Tickets start at €25. Visit www.rte.ie/toyshowthemusical for booking information.
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