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PHOTOS: Mary Immaculate College Dramatic Arts Society celebrate 20 anniversary

Pictured at the MIDAS 20th Anniversary Ball which took place at the Strand Hotel Limerick. Picture: Orla McLaughlin/ilovelimerick.

Mary Immaculate College Dramatic Arts Society celebrated 20th anniversary 

Mary Immaculate College Dramatic Arts Society (MIDAS) is a well-established society in Mary Immaculate College (MIC), Limerick. For over 20 years the society has aimed to introduce students to the world of the dramatic arts and to help students to discover, to develop and to share their talents in all aspects of theatre life.

MIDAS celebrated its 20th anniversary this year by hosting a ball on Thursday, April 18. This event welcomed members past and present to come together and celebrate all aspects of MIDAS over the past 20 years.




Dr Michael Finneran, Head of the Department of Drama and Theatre Studies at MIC said prior to the event, “We’re taking the opportunity of the anniversary of 20 years of our musical theatre productions to have a party to celebrate all aspects of student drama and performance work at Mary Immaculate College. With the support of the of a group of dedicated alumni, the Dept. of Drama & Theatre Studies and MISU, we want to get former members to get the word out amongst their College friends and to gather everyone to join us for what will be a memorable celebration of student theatrical life on Thursday, April 18 2019.”

MIDAS celebrate 20th anniversary

Members of MIDAS celebrated the 20th anniversary by performing production, A Chorus Line on March 23

MIDAS has staged numerous plays, cabarets and musicals over the years and every production is led by the students, who take on roles in directing, choreography, stage management, musical direction and more.

After many years of performing in the Halla at MIC, MIDAS moved their annual musical production across the campus in 2012 to the newly opened Lime Tree Theatre. Below is a list of musicals that have been produced by MIDAS over the last 20 years. 

MIDAS Musicals over the last 20 years

99/00 Little Shop of Horrors, 00/01 Grease, 01/02 Godspell, 02/03 The Wiz, 03/04 Moby Dick, 04/05 A Class Act, 05/06 Once on this Island, 06/07 Copacabana, 07/08 God, I Hope I Get It!, 08/09 Aladdin, 09/10 Our House, 10/11 The Wedding Singer11/12 Grease, 12/13 CATS, 13/14 Beauty and the Beast, 14/15 Les Miserables, 15/16 Starlight Express, 16/17 Godspell, 17/18 Seussical, 18/19 A Chorus Line

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.