Gavin Quigley and the Born 2 Perform Stage School were crowned winners at the All Ireland Variety Show Final on Sunday 21st October in St. Patrick’s College, Dublin.
The competition showcased the amazing talents of some of Ireland’s top stage schools and B2P were announced worthy Overall Champions. Gavin Quigley’s talented group displayed a fresh and exhilarating performance of popular musicals, latest hits, hilarious comedies and inventive scenes, boasting some of the greatest talent from across the Northeast.
Audience members and judges were blown away with the variety of vocal numbers, dazzling dance routines and side-splitting comedies performed by the group of 80 students, ranging from the ages of 5 to 23. It was a night of great entertainment for all at St. Patrick’s College on Sunday as the three Stage School finalists prepared to take to the stage for their one hour display of their finest scenes. Tensions, nerves and excitement were high as Born 2 Perform, the first team of the night, took to the stage.
Crowds cheered as B2P transported us in the opening moments to the beauitful paradise of Heaven and then to the darkest depths of Hell in their inventive portrayal of “Heaven Versus Hell”. Angels and devils delighted audience members with their original takes on many popular classics including ‘Heaven Is a Place on Earth’, ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ and ‘Let Me Entertain You.’
This amazing opening was just a taste of things to come as audience members were enthralled by a wide variety of scenes such as ‘Perry Vs Gaga’, ‘Back In The Army’, ‘Broadway Street’ and ‘Schools Out’. The judges were highly impressed with the entire show and had high praise for all. However, they were particularly blown away with the vocal section from musical ‘Rent’ by B2P’s senior students and ‘The American Dream’ which showcased the amazing talents of the Junior end of the school in catchy songs and dances such as ‘Good Ship Lollipop’, ‘Hey Mickey’ and ‘The Kids in America’. The pinnicle of this scene was the touching tribute to all the lives lost in the 9/11 disaster as 12 year old Jessica Owens, who was crowned ‘Star of the Future’ at the final, gave us all goosebumps in her beautiful rendition of ‘Remember Me’.
The show ended with a bang as the entire cast took the roof off with their interesting twist on Chris De Burgh’s ‘Spaceman Came Travelling’ and ‘Mean Green Mother’ from musical Little Shop of Horrors. From the amazing harmonies in Spaceman to the exciting arrival of the Mean Green Outer Space Monsters from their sparkling rockets, the Born 2 Perfrom Crew left nothing to the imagination, sending the audience into thunderous applause and a standing ovation as the final curtain fell.
The venue was filled with great excitement as the crowd waited with abaited breath to hear the results from the judges. Each Stage School awarded a ‘Star of the School’ trophy to a deserving student and all were delighted as Gavin and Louise Steele, musical director, presented the McEnaney family with the well deserved award. Four members of this family graced the stage in the competition, with the youngest McEnaney also a member of the school. Well done to Laura, Kellie, Conor, Shauna and Rachel who always give their all to Born 2 Perform. Judges went on to give high praise to all B2P performers, giving special recognition to Gerard McCabe and Patrick Carolan for their great vocal and comedy performances, to the Junior boys who rocked out to Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” and to Cillian Cromwell who had the entire crowd in histerics as he took on a variety of comic roles. Other awards given out included “Star Of The Future” to Kingscourt’s Jessica Owens and “Backstage Behaviour Award”.
The big moment of the night finally arrived and St. Patrick’s College erupted with screams of jubilation as Born 2 Perform Stage School were announced All Ireland Variety Show Champions 2012 and Mr. Gavin Quigley lifted the cup. Among tears and laughs of joy, cast and crew took to the stage and were presented with their Gold All Ireland Medals.
A big congratualtions to all involved, both on stage and the many backstage crew, teachers and helpers. Gavin Quigley, director and cheorgrapher of the Stage School, commented that he was over the moon with the results. “I’m still in shock, I feel like the proudest man on earth. I am so so happy with the great team of teachers, helpers, parents and students we have at Born 2 Perform and couldn’t ask for anymore. So proud of all students and the great achievement of winning an All Ireland competition in our first year of entering.”
Born 2 Perform Stage School, who have classes throughout the NorthEast, are looking forward to their next big venture as they start preparations for their pantomime, “Beauty and the Beast” which will be staged next February. Judging on recent successes, this will be an event not to be missed! If interested in becoming involved in any of the classes call 0877467281 for more details.