Kelly back on stage in Oklahoma! musical

Ollie Kenny Chairman of The National Drama League of Ireland with John Kelly. Photo: Mcihelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie
John Kelly is probably the best known face in the local theatre scene with his wide ranging involvement with St. Mel’s Musical Society, Backstage Theatre Group and the Longford Variety Group shows and he makes his latest appearance on stage in the forthcoming production of Oklahoma!

John Kelly is probably the best known face in the local theatre scene with his wide ranging involvement with St. Mel’s Musical Society, Backstage Theatre Group and the Longford Variety Group shows and he makes his latest appearance on stage in the forthcoming production of Oklahoma!

In his long and dedicated association with St. Mel’s Musical Society, stretching right back to the revival in 1978, John has played a wide variety of characters. A very prestigious honour came his way in the 2003 production of ‘Hello Dolly’ when he was nominated for Best Actor in the Gilbert category for his superb performance in the male lead of Horace Vandergelder.

Although Kelly did not succeed in winning a coveted A.I.M.S. Award ten years ago, getting a final three nomination in such a high standard was the next big thing. Regarded as the father figure of Longford musicals, he was one of the nominees for the A.I.M.S. Unsung Hero Award in 2001, mainly in recognition of his many years of hard work behind the scenes.

John has the proud distinction of having appeared in every musical production since the revival of St. Mel’s Musical Society 35 years ago. For the 2013 production of Oklahoma! Kelly is cast in the more serious role of Andrew Carnes and also found the time to recently appear in ‘ The Playboy of the Western World’ for Backstage Theatre Group.

John has enjoyed a long association on stage with the local drama society but returns to his musical roots in the next couple of weeks to feature in the eagerly awaited Oklahoma! with the opening performance in Backstage Theatre on Saturday April 20th.

Oklahoma! will be officially launched in MB Coy Bar this Thursday night, April 11th, commencing at 9pm.