A baritone with the RTE Philharmonic Choir, a soloist in the ESB Feis Ceoil, the Pavillion Theatre, Dun Laoighre, and a student of Irish soprano Lynda Lee of the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin. With credentials like these it is not hard to understand why St. Mel’s Musical Society are feeling particularly proud of this year’s leading man.
Playing the role of Billy Bigelow in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘Carousel’, Kevin Gormley will put his singing and acting skills to the test in one of the most challenging and diverse roles in musical theatre.
“I find Billy Bigelow very interesting. He’s a rough diamond,” said Kevin speaking to the Leader. “There has to be something about him, however, that makes Julie fall in love with him. Getting that right has been the biggest challenge.”
A qualified teacher, Kevin is a son of Paddy and Kathleen of Enaghan, Aughnacliffe. At just 27-years-old, the former Moyne Community School student has taken a career break from national school teaching to complete his M.A. in Computer Music at NUI Maynooth.
“I love music and I always have but I’ve never had the opportunity to sing in a musical before,” said Kevin speaking to the Leader. “This is mainly because I’ve been working in Greystones (County Wicklow) and I’ve been based in Dublin all the time. This year, however, I’m living at home (Aughnacliffe) while studying in Maynooth. I only have six hours in Maynooth each week, so I have a lot more time on my hands this year.”
Kevin, who has been singing baritone for four years with the RTE Philharmonic Choir, has studied musicianship at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. He also undertook a course in chamber choral conducting (2010) in Sarteano, Italy. He is currently preparing for his ARIAM Singing Teaching Diploma on a part-time basis.
In north Longford/south Cavan, Kevin will be better known as church organist at Gowna, a role he has enjoyed for over ten years. “I enjoy playing the organ. I find it very rewarding,” he said.
From an acting perspective, Kevin has recently completed an evening course at the Gaiety School of Acting. Working with St. Mel’s Musical Society, has however been an introduction to a new form of theatre for the young north Longford man.
“I’ve seen a lot of musicals over the years but I never had any idea what it took to put a musical together. The Director Leonard Anderson is fantastic. He has a very good way of bringing people together,” he said.
Asked why this year’s production by St. Mel’s Musical Society is worth seeing, Kevin said: “It’s definitely well worth seeing from all the dancers to all the songs, many of which are so well known, like ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. There really is something for everyone. There’s some great comedy and some very serious parts.”
‘Carousel’ will be officially launched in The Black Olive Restaurant this Wednesday night, April 11th, commencing at 9.30pm. Tickets for ‘Carousel’ are now on sale at the Backstage Theatre Box Office (043-3347888). Tickets also available at Farrell Coy and booking also online at www.backstage.ie ‘Carousel’ runs from Friday April 20 to Saturday April 28 (excluding Monday April 23) and immediate ticket booking is advised.