Youth Groove to celebrate 10 years

YOUTH Groove will mark their 10th anniversary in style this weekend when they host ‘Groovin’ Through The Decade’ in An Táin Theatre on Friday August 19 and Saturday August 20.

YOUTH Groove will mark their 10th anniversary in style this weekend when they host ‘Groovin’ Through The Decade’ in An Táin Theatre on Friday August 19 and Saturday August 20.

The show looks back on 10 years of performances by Youth Groove, which was founded by Rosemary Winkless in 2001. Looking to the future, it will also contain some new material performed by some of this area’s top up-and-coming talent.

Hundreds of young people have featured as part of Youth Groove down through the years with some old friends from the first ever production invited back for a special performance on this, the 10th anniversary.

Speaking about the anniversary, Rosemary said that the past 10 years have flown by.

“I can’t believe it’s 10 years,” she said. “It feels like 10 months really.

“We started off in the AOH. I had been involved with the Musical Society but after I left my daughter Laurie said I should set up something.

“At the time there was another dance group in the town but we were the first to do a two hour show in the Town Hall,” said Rosemary.

She also revealed that the name Youth Groove came about after a suggestion from her son.

“At the time everything was ‘groovy’ and it was the real buzz word so my son said why not call it Youth Groove because that covers all ages. Since then we’ve had the name in everything we’ve done.”

As well as music from classics such as Flashdance and Grease, this weekend’s show ‘Grooving Through The Decade’ will also feature modern hits from the likes of Lady Gaga and many more.

Performers in the show will range in ages from three up to 20, with over 100 set to take part.

Rehearsals have been underway for some time in the Lisdoo under the tutelage of Rosemary, Rachel Greene, Grace Heffernon and Tara Gill. Meanwhile stage manager Ultan Hodgers and the costume trio of Bronwyn Walshe, Paula Murray and Jennifer Lawless have been busy preparing to setup the big show.

“In the first half we’ll be remembering things we did for the last 10 years and in the second half we’ll be doing present day stuff. We’ve about 100 involved, including 22 boys, and they’re all looking forward to it.

“My motto is every child is a star,” said Rosemary, and anyone who attends the anniversary show will surely be dazzled by the variety of talent on display on the night.

Tickets for the two shows – which get underway at 8pm on both nights - are priced at e15, with concessions costing just e12, and are available from the An Táin Theatre box office in the Town Hall.