Two nights at the concert hall for Expressive Arts

This year's students in rehearsal.

Expressive Arts Theatre School for children and teenagers celebrates three decades of achievement at University Concert Hall this Saturday April 13 and Sunday 14 with shows at 7.30pm.

‘Annie’ was the musical undertaken in 1996 by a thriving cast of students. In contrast, this weekend’s anniversary production will showcase extracts from The Greatest Showman, #Barnum and for the more senior performers, #Grease. Booking on

Top: Emma O Neill, Sarah Connolly
Middle: Tracy Kelly, Aileen O’Brien, Roisin Hassett, Gillian Liston, Anita Croke, Erica Hennigar,
Front: Mairead Doran, Kate Tynan

Rolling back the decades, here is a picture of the very first production. Past pupils include pantomime star Leanne Moore, producer and actor Norma Lowney, media analyst Paul Moriarty and the sublimely talented McGlynn cousins Jean and Ian are successful graduates.

Jean Wallace and Mairead Buicke are forging international careers in opera and classical music and Hollie O’Donoghue is touring America with Celtic Angels following her run as Eponine in Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Miserables.

Nigel Dugdale, Liam O’Brien and Dan Mooney are each seriously active in Limerick’s theatre scene today.