SNOW WHITE CAST 2021
Mary Byrne - FAIRY NUFF
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 is thrilled to be back with her Longford family following her debut in 2019 as Fairy Godmother in Cinderella.
Damien Douglas - BILLY DOOLITTLE
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. His Buttons McFlately performance in Cinderella in 2019 is already legendary. He is looking forward to working with everyone in Longford's Traditional Panto Snow White.
June Rodgers - VIRTUAL MAGIC MIRROR
Long established as one of Ireland’s top comic performers, June Rodgers has regularly appeared on TV, in films and the full range of stage productions from musical theatre to pantomime.
Born in Tallaght, county Dublin, when it was still a sleepy rural village, June first came to prominence in John Player Tops, and soon became a household name.
The theatre stage is June’s first love and she is delighted to play the role of Virtual Magic Mirror in Snow White this year at Longford Panto Theatre.
In previous years, June took a leading role for six successive seasons in pantomime at the Gaiety Theatre and then moved to the Olympia for the
productions of Cinders and Jack and the Beanstalk. She gave a hilarious performance in the stage musical version of The Full Monty at the Olympia Theatre and on tour, and played the part of Edith in the Pirates of Penzance at the Helix.
June’s film work included Fat Annie in Mrs Brown D’Movie with Brendan O’Carroll and Agnes Browne with Angelica Houston, On the Nose with Robbie Coletraine and One Step Back starring Patrick Bergin and Brendan O’Carroll. She is a regular guest on Joe Duffy’s “Funny Fridays” on Liveline, and also made a much-praised appearance on the Mrs Brown Christmas Day special 2018.
As a cabaret artist, June has starred in her own show for a number of highly successful seasons at Taylor’s Three Rock, and prior to that, the Moran Silver Springs and Red Cow Hotels.
She has extensively toured the US and has featured her range of crazy characters in a number of live and studio CD recordings and on DVD.
June had sell-out performances at Cork Opera House and Bord Gais Energy Theatre in her nationwide tour in 2014.
She lives in a beautiful old stone cottage in Dublin with her husband Peter Lane and their rescue dog Bella. To relax, June greatly enjoys her hobbies of gardening and walking
Leia Victory - SNOW WHITE
Leia returns after her brilliant performance as Cinderella in 2019.
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 Snow White and can’t wait for you all to see this production.
Niamh O'Brien - SNOW WHITE
Niamh is a student from Shroid, Co Longford. She has been a member of Evolution Stage School for the past 12 years, performing in hundreds of shows over this time. She is a member of St Mel’s Musical Society and UCD Musical Society, with the most recent productions in which she was involved being ‘Sister Act’ and ‘Once’. Niamh is also a member of the Leinster Scor na nOg winning Killoe Ballad group. In addition to performing on stage Niamh is a qualified makeup artist and was the makeup artist for the 2019 Longford Traditional Panto ‘Cinderella’. Niamh is TIKTOK famous with over 75,000 followers and millions of views on her amazing makeup videos. Niamh is very excited to be both taking to the stage this year as ‘Snow White’ and also working as a makeup artist behind the scenes.
Colin Flynn - DAISY DOOLITTLE
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. In 2018, 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 in April 2019. 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.
Jordan first took to the stage in 2015 and has since become involved with multiple musical societies and pantomimes throughout the country. Favourite roles include Chad in ‘All Shook Up’ (AIMS Nominated - Best Male Singer), Robbie Hart in 'The Wedding Singer', Lucas in 'The Addams Family', Michael/Player 4 in 'Michael Collins: A Musical Drama', and most recently A-Rab in 'West Side Story' (Bord Gais Energy Theatre). Jordan was also involved in the Civic Theatre pantomime for two years and was the 2021 AIMS/ACD Scholarship recipient. Jordan would like to wish all the cast and crew the best of luck throughout the run and hopes you all enjoy the show, but no later than 8pm.
Jordan Bass - PRINCE HARRY
Valerie Sheils -QUEEN EVILENE
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 Neon 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 Evilene in Snow White in her home town.
Davy Flaherty - TIK
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 second panto having played a brilliant Ugly sister in Cinderella. He can’t wait to play the part of Tik alongside such a stellar cast.
Iarlaith O'Rourke - TOK
Former 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 returning to the Panto stage to play the role of Tok.
Conor McLoughlin - IGOR
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 role in Snow White.
EVOLUTION STAGE SCHOOL CHORUS and DANCERS
Aishling Farrell, Aoibhinn Macken, Caoimhe Hennessy, Eimear Dempsey, Kate Doherty, Niamh Dempsey, Nicole McKeon, Oonagh O’Ferrall.
Abigail Kane, Aisling Shanley, Alise Ryan, Alisha Manning, Anna Lily Fox, Aoibheann Brennan, Ava Hopkins, Brendan Rynn, Caitriona Dunican, Caoimhe White , Dara Kilcommons, Ellen Ward, Erin Donnelly, Eva Sheridan, Keeva Kelly, Kiera Dunican, Lilly Delaney, Molly Nevin, Ruby Victory, Sarah Glennon, Summer McGuinness.
Aimee Belton, Aine Dunican, Amy Nolan, Bonnie Clark, Caroline Gavigan, Ciara Cahill O’Leary, Emma Vaskova, Grace Hourican, Lauren Hall, Lauren Killian, Lucy Judge, Millie Coulter, Rachel Rafferty, Sarah O’Donnell, Sinead Owens, Sophie Gilchrest.