BUCCS SCORE A WINNER OFF PITCHpublished:Feb 20 2017
BUCCANEERS RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB staged a spectacularly successful ‘LIP SYNC BUCCS FIZZ STYLE’ show at Athlone’s Sheraton Hotel last Friday night. Matching the club’s Senior team’s magnificent winning run in the All-Ireland League, LIP SYNC proved a winner off the pitch also. The event was staged in front of a virtually full house and the 16 acts put in terrific performances, capitalising on their training and coaching but also encouraged greatly by a most supportive audience as family, friends and those simply in need of a good evening’s entertainment clapped and cheered them on from start to finish.
The club is hugely indebted to everyone involved in the colourful production, particularly to the 16 acts featuring 42 personnel who gave it their all in preparation and then live on stage in front of the highly appreciative audience. The quality of performance on show was not only a reflection on the hard work put in by the participants but also the tutoring and mentoring of choreographer Athlone’s own Niamh Donohoe. MC Alan Shortt, witty and flash, kept the show flowing at a lively tempo, although bearing in mind the wide age profile of the audience he occasionally bordered on the unrefined. The celebrity judges Mary O’Rourke, Pat Hynes and Ray Collins were entertainingly positive and encouraging in their adjudicating. The back room crew also contributed immensely to the occasion while the staff of the Sheraton Hotel were massively supportive throughout.
On behalf of Buccaneers, club president Eddie Walsh (who did a terrific turn as Johnny Logan) thanked all the above, especially the acts who “had shown great energy and commitment. They were a fantastic group of characters who brought an added buzz to the club”. Those who took adverts in the event’s souvenir programme were thanked as were the donors of spot prizes while special gratitude went to everyone who sponsored the various acts. He particularly thanked everyone who came along to support both the acts and the club.
He continued that a small organising committee had put huge time and effort into getting the show up and running with Buccaneers Administrator Geraldine Kenny singled out for special praise. The Bounty was thanked for providing facilities where the acts could rehearse while Michael Silke and KPW Printers were complimented on producing an excellent souvenir programme.
Overall, ‘LIP SYNC BUCCS FIZZ STYLE’ surpassed expectations both on and off the stage. Whilst the club’s coffers will get a much-needed boost, the social aspect of the show should not be underestimated as new friends were made and old acquaintances firmed up.
Nino Magliocco emerged, not only to surprise ‘Johnny Logan’ with a twist as ‘Linda Martin’, as the overall winner. He was absolutely outstanding also in his ‘Amy Winehouse’ stint, a super trouper indeed and worthy champion of the event. Mark Glennon was superb in his ‘Hairspray’ performance that had the place rocking while the normally self-effacing Martin Staunton proved a revelation as ‘Shania Twain’ like you have never seen her --- or him --- before! The show opened with a bang with a group performance of ‘Grease medley’ and the Bank of Ireland girls quickly got things running with their opener ‘Uptown Funk’. On it went, including notable efforts by our youngest duo 13-year-olds Niamh Tallon and Ivana Kiripati and U-20’s pair Eoin O’Reilly and Dean McMahon (who got the females in the audience all heated up!) before the Buccs Womens team brought the show to a terrific climax with their ‘70’s Medley’.
In truth, all the performers were winners for their wonderful commitment and endeavour shown. Buccaneers RFC certainly owes them all a great debt of gratitude. THANK YOU, GIRLS AND GUYS!