New theatrical effects for Shannon Irish Show

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Photo: TED LAGLOIRE

Some of the Shannon Irish Dancers who will perform in this year’s production on March 8.

This year’s Shannon Irish Show will feature a few theatrical effects and some avant-garde costumes for the dancers.

“Our dancers begin outside … and for the second part of the show we move ‘inside’ to a typical Irish kitchen party with friends just dropping in and adding their talent. I think our audience will enjoy these innovations,” said Kerry Ann King, co-ordinator of the Shannon Irish Dancers.

The stage will be filled with dancers of all ages, who perform to live musicians. Some of the dancers even come home just to be part of the annual show. So do many in the audience.
The Shannon Irish Show is produced by the Shannon CWL. Former CWL president Deborah Kiley is co-ordinating the show with King.

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Each year, the CWL dedicates the performance to a different person who has contributed to the community’s annual gathering.

“Our show this year will be dedicated to Bernadette Short, our longtime expert Irish dance teacher and choreographer of the Irish show dances for over 25 years,” said King.

Short has participated with the dancers and worked with them to help with competitions outside of the show.

In fact, many dancers head for Montreal to continue working with Short after high school as they study at cégep and university.

The famous Shannon Irish Show is a true example of community spirit — and feet in action.

Don’t miss a great time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, albeit a tad early, with song and dance, and a wee drink from the bar.

Two performances only are scheduled for March 8, at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Shannon Community Centre, Gosford Rd. Tickets are available at the door. Please see the Community Calendar for more details.