This year’s Longford Variety Show takes place every night this week at the Backstage Theatre in Longford town. Now in its twelfth year, the variety show has been entertaining audiences in County Longford since 2000 with a broad range of quality acts, from comedy to dance to some of the best musical talent the midlands has to offer. This year’s edition is entitled ‘Blame It On The Boogie’ and all monies raised from ticket sales will benefit Longford Hospice and other local charities.
Beginning tonight (Monday), the show sees an eclectic mix of entertainment genres with the Longford based dance group Evolution Stage School opening proceedings. The show also includes Grease Mania which will be performed by several Variety Show stalwarts including Jim Maher, Jim McDonald, Roy Davis, Shane Leavy, Paul Galvin, Liz Leavy, Sylvia Johnston, Niamh Quinn and Kelly-Ann Gurney. Longford’s very own Peelo Dance Academy will showcase their talents along with St Christopher’s who will perform their very own version of the YouTube viral hit Gangnam Style.
Traditional Irish group Doma Beo who consist of Longford teenagers Liam Doherty, Laura Doherty and Maria Matthews will also take to the stage each night while John Kelly spearheads the comedy section with help from Christina Brien and Maureen Dunne.
LY Factor runner-up Oisin O’Reilly will perform his version of Robbie Williams’ 90s hit Let Me Entertain You, while Kathleen Mahon will stage her vocal talents with a special solo rendition.
To purchase tickets, call the Backstage Theatre Box Office on 043 3347888 or visit their website www.backstage.ie. You can also purchase tickets from the Box Office on each of the five evenings. Tickets for tonight’s show cost €10/€5 while all other shows cost €12/€8.