Articles from August 2018


Following the success of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, ‘The Producers’ and our 2018, Dolly good show, ‘9 to 5’, Tony Finnegan will be returning once again to direct ‘Tony Award Winning ‘Best Musical’ SPAMALOT!

Tony revealed, “I am delighted to be back on the island with the fabulous DCU directing a show I’ve been wanting to work on for some time. ‘Spamalot’ is a zany romp and requires madness, spontaneity and flair – with a layer of discipline on top! Without wishing to insult anyone (!) I think the ingredients are there quite naturally! I’m very happy to return to my friends within the DCU…and, with them, help create another top drawer production for the Manx audiences.”

Tony is a graduate from The Guildford School of Acting and Dance, is lucky enough to able to split his time between acting and directing in equal measure and considers himself fortunate to work in some of the loveliest theatre venues. These include The National Concert Hall (Dublin), The Gaiety Theatre (Dublin and The Isle of Man), Landskrona Theatre (Sweden), The Waterfront Theatre, (Belfast) and Opera Houses in Belfast, Wexford and Buxton.

In 2014 Tony was the creative director for two “TV Specials” filmed by the BBC for PBS America. These specials were recorded live from The Grand Opera House, Belfast and featured performances from Eamonn McCrystal, Brian Kennedy, Rachel Tucker (Wicked – Elphaba in the West End and on Broadway), May McFettridge and The Getty’s. The show was produced by Randy Travis’ wife, Elizabeth Travis. The Christmas Special was aired on BBC and the other one hour special is currently playing to 300 million viewers in the USA.

Tony is very proud of the fact that one of the above TV Specials (The Music of Northern Ireland) won 4 Emmy’s in the 2015 awards ceremony in the USA.

He is co-director of Festival Productions which produces quality musicals in the National Concert Hall, Dublin and the newly appointed Wexford Opera House.

For Festival Productions Tony has played The King in The King and I, Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Professor Henry Higgins’ in My Fair Lady and King Arthur in Camelot, to great acclaim. He has also directed Oklahoma!, The Sound of Music, Annie, Bugsy Malone and The Pirates of Penzance for the company.

Tony specialises in workshops and is considered Ireland’s foremost director in working with children. For the last 4 years, he has been the director of the Grand Opera House’s Summer Project. This year he directed Oliver! for the opera house; and had the usual 240 kids in the show! Two weeks he treasures in his yearly calendar. Last Christmas he directed Bugsy Malone with 118 children in the National Concert Hall, Dublin.

His favourite acting roles include Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, The Major-General in same show (National Concert Hall, Dublin and the Opera House in Buxton), Pooh Bah in The Mikado (National Concert Hall, Dublin and the Opera House in Buxton), Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof (Gaiety Theatre, Dublin), Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady (National Concert Hall, Dublin and the Grand Opera House in Belfast), Fagin Oliver! (National Concert Hall, Dublin) and Daddy Warbucks Annie (National Concert Hall, Dublin). He has just finished directing a highly acclaimed production of The Producers in The Gaiety Theatre in the Isle of Man.

We are so incredibly excited for Tony to direct his fourth consecutive production with the DCU.

SPAMALOT Key Information

The performance dates for ‘Spamalot’ are Friday 3rd May- Saturday 11th May 2019. Please note that the week prior to the show week, will be a technical rehearsal week in the theatre. All performers will be expected to be present.

All auditionees will be required to be 16 or over by the 26th April 2019.

Please only audition if you can offer your 100% commitment. We are aware that there will be other shows cast after ours, but if you agree to do ‘Spamalot’ then we reserve the right to replace you if you commit yourself to other shows after the casting of this show. I hope you appreciate that this is to ensure the fair treatment of all individuals and a smooth rehearsal process so that our Production Team have everyone’s full commitment.

Director, Tony Finnegan will be hosting block rehearsals, starting from:
• Friday 11th to Monday 14th January inc
• Thursday 7th to Monday 11th February inc
• Tuesday 5th to Sunday 10th March inc
• Wednesday 27th to Sunday 31st March inc
• Friday 5th to 7th April inc
• Thursday 25th April onward (which everyone will be expected to attend)

Rehearsals will start Monday 22nd October, and will be every Monday, with additional Thursday rehearsals after Christmas, and principle rehearsals on Tuesdays. There will also be Musical Director and Choreographer blocking dates, and you will be notified of these as soon as possible.

There will be an opportunity within the application form to notify us of any prior commitments you may have within the rehearsal period. Please ensure that all commitments, holidays and other engagements, that may prevent you from attending ANY rehearsals noted.

There will be a non-refundable fee of £5 to be made payable on the day of your audition.

If you are successful in securing a part in our production, you will be required to become a member of the Douglas Choral Union and pay a subscription fee. This will need to be paid within 4 weeks of the commencement of rehearsals (19/11/2018):
Adults- £50
Students and OAPs- £30.

Your £5 audition fee will be discounted from your subscription fee (i.e. Adults £45, Students and OAPs £25)


Get ready to find your grail and be part of the next DCU show Monty Python’s ‘SPAMALOT!’. The Douglas Choral Union are looking for talented performers to join our show. Do you have what it takes? Click the link to find audition and rehearsal details, character information, and to apply now!

Audition Workshop

The Douglas Choral Union are delighted to announce that Laura Pigott, Guildford School of Acting Musical Theatre Student and DCU Bursary Award recipient will be hosting a two-hour ‘Audition Technique Workshop’ on Thursday 30th August. The session will cover all aspects of an audition, where you will be taught an audition style dance routine for pick-up practice, audition tips, and how to breakdown a song for ‘acting through song’.

It is kindly requested to dress in clothing that you can move in, and to bring along a sweat towel, a notepad and pen, and a potential audition song (this could be your Spamalot audition piece!), to be used as a template for breaking down a song.

The workshop will take place at the Youth Arts Centre at 7pm, with a small fee of £2, and is available for all abilities above the age of 14. To register your interest or for further information, please email

This is a perfect opportunity for you to polish your audition skills before your Spamalot audition, if you’re potentially auditioning for drama school, or simply if you’ve never had an audition experience!

This is a great opportunity not to be missed! See you on the 30th August 2018 – 7:00-9:00pm at the Youth Arts Centre!