MEET THE CAST
Mary Byrne - FAIRY GODMOTHER
Mary Byrne’s story is the stuff of fairytales and movies. She’s the Tesco supermarket checkout lady who took a chance in life at the age of fifty by auditioning for Britain and Ireland’s biggest TV talent show, The X-Factor. Although she went home during the semi-final, Mary won the hearts of millions with her warm personality and powerhouse voice.
When she finally got her life-changing break in the world of showbusiness, Mary Byrne, a bright and ambitious woman with a wealth of life’s experiences under her belt, was determined to make the most of it. During ITV's X-Factor Mary was mentored by Louis Walsh, and her fellow finalists included One Direction and Matt Cardle. Since then, Mary has performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on her historic State visit to Ireland in 2011, and shared the stage with Neil Diamond to perform for over 55,000 fans at Dublin's Aviva Stadium, appeared in the musical Grease in The Bord Gais, and the Pantomime Snow White in The Tivoli.
Mary returns to our TV screens in the autumn when she competes in ‘The X Factor All Stars’ alongside Alexandra Burke, James Arthur, Shayne Ward and more. Mary is thrilled to be coming to Longford and playing the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella this Christmas.
Leia Victory - CINDERELLA
Leia is from Ardagh Co. Longford and has grown up with a passion for performing, acting and singing. She has performed in many school and local productions. She is a student at Evolution Stage School Longford where she has performed in many shows as a soloist and ensemble member in scenes and musical medleys such as Legally Blonde, Annie and Wicked, to name but a few. She has taken part in an on screen acting course in the Gaiety School of Acting Dublin where she has learned many new skills.
Leia is very excited to be playing the part of Cinderella and can’t wait for you all to see this production.
Cathal Mongey - PRINCE
Coming from a theatrical family, Cathal first took to the stage at the young age of seven. Growing up, he performed in his local variety group founded by his grandfather, Larry. His pantomime endeavors began in Navan, where he played numerous lead roles such as Robin Hood, Prince Charming and Jack in 'Jack and the Beanstalk'.
Cathal is also a talented musician and songwriter. He shot to fame in summer 2018 with his band 'Just Like Us' with the release of their debut single 'That's Alright' and this catchy tune went on to be streamed more than a quarter of a million times on Spotify. He is currently studying Primary Education in DCU and enjoys bringing his love for theatre into the classroom. Cathal is really looking forward to playing Cinderella's Prince alongside the amazingly talented cast in Longford.
Damien Douglas - BUTTONS
Damien studied at Bull Alley Theatre School Dublin. As an accomplished performer he has starred in many leading roles. At the Waterford International Festival Of Light Opera, Damien was awarded Best Comedian for his portrayal of Ko-Ko in The Hot Mikado and for Cosmo in Singin In The Rain 2005. He has also received two A.I.M.S awards, Best Actor for the role of Ugly in 'Honk' and Best Comedian for the role of Cosmo in 'Singin In the Rain'.
He was lead vocalist MC with the June Rodgers Cabaret show for 8 seasons. TV & Film credits include “The Late Late Show, Northangor Abbey & The Tudors.
Damien has always had a great love for pantomime, which began with principal roles in 'Rockin Hood' and 'Puss in Boots' at the Olympia Theatre with Twink & Dustin the Turkey, Liberty Hall's 'Sleeping Beauty' and, most recently, Ireland’s first touring panto, 'Beauty and the Beast' at INEC Killarney and the National Opera House Wexford. He is looking forward to working with everyone in Longford's Traditional Panto Cinderella.
Davy Flaherty - UGLY SISTER
Davy is no stranger to the stage having joined St. Mel’s Musical Society Longford in the early noughties for their production of Fiddler on the Roof, playing the role of “Avram”. Davy has since played lead roles in Billy Liar (Billy Fisher) Annie (Rooster) My Fair Lady (Freddy Eynsford-Hill) Sweet Charity (Oscar Lindquist) Carousel (Jigger) and Honk (The Cat), just to name a few. Davy has also enjoyed many roles with Backstage Theatre Group Longford and had the pleasure of landing a part in Canal Studios production of “The Carnival at Glenaduff” written and directed by writer in residence at the time Padraic McIntyre. Davy also toured with Beezneez for their production of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” written and directed by John McDwyer, playing the role of “Dusty”. This is Davy’s first time in panto and he can’t wait to play the part of one of the ugly sisters alongside such a stellar cast.
Colin Flynn - UGLY SISTER
Colin is from Trim, Co. Meath and has studied drama at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York as well as the Gaiety School of Acting. Last Christmas, Colin appeared in the Helix Panto as the Cameo King in TheatreWorx’s “Robin Hood”. Other panto roles include Peter Pan, Prince Charming (to Snow White), Pinnochio as well as cowriting “Rapunzel” for Trim Musical Society where he also directed and cowrote “Jack and the Beanstalk” in 2015. The same year, Colin was a featured soloist in Encore! – a celebration of 50 years of AIMS, at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. Colin directed Grease! for Dunboyne Musical Society last April. In October 2018 Colin played Dr John Seward in a new dramatic adaptation of “Dracula”, at Smock Alley by Quintessence Theatre Company. Colin is delighted to be joining Stray Cat Productions this December for what promises to be a fantastic show in Longford.
Valerie Nolan - EVIL STEPMOTHER
Valerie, who is no stranger to Longford audiences, has been singing for as long as she can remember and spent her youth performing in John Player Tops of The Town. She later had her voice classically trained and this has stood to her as she can easily switch from classical pieces to pop, rock or musical theatre. Valerie got the drama bug and acting led her to join St Mel’s Musical Society Longford where she played several lead roles in their sell out runs in Backstage Theatre. Her performances in The Addams Family, All Shook Up, Sister Act and most recently 9 to 5 received rave reviews from audiences. She can often be found singing with her band at corporate events and parties and is very exited about an upcoming project that involves a 5 piece band. Valerie is delighted to be playing the Evil Stepmother in Cinderella in her home town.
Iarlaith O'Rourke - DANDINI
Conor McLoughlin - HERALD (and other cameo roles)
Conor from Ballymahon made his musical theatre debut for St. Mel’s Musical Society as a member of a chorus in “Fiddler On The Roof” in 2015 and went on to perform the part of Lurch in the 2016 production “The Addams Family”. A year later he was cast in another principal role, playing 'Dean' in “All Shook Up” and followed that playing 'Joe' in their 2019 production 9 to 5.. He has a great interest in all things musical and theatrical, being involved in productions in both Backstage Theatre Longford and Bog Lane Theatre, Ballymahon.
Conor is also a member of Evolution Stage School since 2009, taking part in many of their terrific productions. In 2015 he performed with the Evolution company in their show at the Helix Theatre in Dublin.
He was also a soloist in the St Mel's Musical Society fundraisers "A Night on Broadway" for the past three years. As part of Backstage Youth Theatre, Conor has both performed and worked back stage in productions. He is also a member of St. Matthew's Church Choir, Ballymahon and plays piano and guitar. He is really looking forward to his roles in Cinderella.
St. Mel’s College student Iarlaith is no stranger to the stage, having previously played the part of Pugsley in the 2016 production of “The Addams Family” and Josh Newstead in “9 to 5” in 2019 with St Mel's Musical Society Longford.
His initial introduction to St. Mel’s Musical Society saw him perform as a member of the children’s chorus in “Carousel” in 2012 and “Oliver” in 2014.
Iarlaith is a member of Evolution Stage School since it opened in Longford in 2009. At just eight years of age he made his first solo appearance in Backstage Theatre when he sang “The Rose” in Evolution Stage School’s first production in 2010. He has also performed with them at established venues like the Mullingar Arts Centre, George Bernard Shaw Theatre Carlow, Roscommon Arts Centre, The Bord Gais Dublin and undoubtedly the highlight of all, appearing in the Mahony Hall in The Helix Theatre Dublin for the Evolution Stage School 5th Anniversary two night sell out show in 2015, where he was a soloist. Iarlaith has also performed on several occasions with Longford Variety Group in their annual fundraising shows in Backstage Theatre. He's very excited to be making his panto debut as Dandini.