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Grand Opera House beckons for Waterside’s Kieran Griffiths

Legendary singer Andy Williams, pictured with Waterside singer and actor, Kieran Griffiths on his left, during a 2005 performance in Branson, Missouri, USA. The Waterside man enjoyed two duets with the American singer. Also pictured are members of The 12 Irish Tenors who also performed.

Legendary singer Andy Williams, pictured with Waterside singer and actor, Kieran Griffiths on his left, during a 2005 performance in Branson, Missouri, USA. The Waterside man enjoyed two duets with the American singer. Also pictured are members of The 12 Irish Tenors who also performed.

It is a case of ‘All Er Nuthin’ for Waterside actor Kieran Griffiths, who discovered he ‘Cain’t Say No’ to the lure of the Grand Opera House.

Having been drafted into a lead role of Curly in ‘Oklahoma’ at the last minute, Kieran is hoping it’ll be ‘Oh, What a Beautiful Morning,’ despite having to learn the play, the songs and the script all in only 13 days!

Kieran explains: “I worked with the musical director Wilson Shields touring with Peter Corry during the summer. He called and explained that the actor originally playing Curly pulled out due to personal reasons.

“Even though there was only two weeks to learn everything I jumped at the chance. It is an amazing opportunity.”

Despite his ambition to play a lead in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Kieran admits there are times when: “I’m filled with dread. It is a leading part, there is a hefty bit of script a few dances and lots of lines, then I have to worry about where to be on stage.

“The cast and the Ulster Operatic Company, have all been brilliant and very patient with me. It has been an amazing experience so far.”

In order to ensure he is ready for curtain up Griffiths will be rehearsing solidly in Belfast for the next two weeks. “I have to return to do a piece to mark the US Marines 75th anniversary on October 7 at The Beech Hill Hotel. It really is all go at the minute as two days later we open at the Grand Opera House.”

Thankfully the Top of The Hill man has his experiences of singing and acting with the best in the industry to ensure success, including Andy Williams who passed away this week.

Kieran spoke of his sadness at hearing of the death of veteran American crooner, sometimes referred to as ‘the ‘Moon River’ singer’ .

Kieran reflected: “I sang on stage with Andy in Branson Missouri. I was on tour with the 12 Irish tenors at time.

“As a guest soloist I sang ‘Show Me’ from ‘My Fair Lady’ and ‘Danny Boy’ on stage with him. I was saddened to learn of his passing, he was a gentleman.”

Oklahoma runs at the Grand Opera House from October 9 to 13.

For tickets check www.goh.co.uk

 

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