BYMDS Blessington

Group news:

is proud to present “CHRISTMAS SELECTION BOX”
in Tramway Theatre on Fri 1st Dec at 8pm & Sat 2nd Dec at 6.30pm.
Tickets €10 Adults & €8 children.
Only two performances so don’t delay getting your tickets at the usual outlets:
The Office Shop & Hennessy's Next Door, Blessington.
Info: 087 855 1055


Christmas box



B.Y.T. BLESSINGTON YOUTH THEATRE – As the whole country is commemorating 1916 this spring – the members of BYT also wanted to do their bit – and so our own multi-tasking, multi-talented Mags Ryan (Tramway Theatre)! has written a short drama entitled 
“ Back to the Rising “ This quirky drama based on the happenings of 1916 will form the first half of the show, with the second half being a trip down memory lane with music, song and dance from the 1916 era, together with some of the members own contributions of poems and short stories. The show will suit all ages, from the young to the not so young (running time approx 80 min) and is on Fri 18th March at 8pm and Saturday 19th March at 6.30pm. Only two shows so get your tickets early. Tickets on sale in The Office Shop and Hennesseys Next Door @ €10 / €8 euro.


Hollywood Hysteria II

At the moment our members of BYT are busy in rehearsal for our latest production Hollywood Hysteria II.This promises to be a very exciting show with music from some of the greatest Musicals and Films, Mamma Mia, The Lion King, Oliver, The Producers, Calamity Jane, Grease, Les Misérables and Frozen with lots of singing, dancing, and drama for all the family.

Showtimes are Friday, 27th November @ 8pm and Saturday, 28th November @ 8pm and Sunday 29th November @ 6pm.

Tickets are €10 adults / €8 children and are available from The Office Shop and Hennessy’s Next Door, Main St, Blessington or by calling Rena on 087 8551055.

Hollywood Hysteria 2

The Wicklow Hills will soon be very much alive with “The Sound of Music”. Blessington Youth Theatre will be staging this wonderful family musical (shortened 80 minute version) at the end of the month. It is a show to suit all ages featuring songs such as 'Climb Every Mountain', 'Lonely Goat Herd' and 'Edelweiss'. Show times are Friday 27th March at 8pm, Saturday 28th March at 3pm and 8pm and Sunday 29th March at 6.30pm at the Tramway Theatre. Tickets €10 for adults and €8 for children are now on sale at Hennessy’s Next Door and The Office Shop, Blessington or phone 087 8551055. You are advised to get your ticket in plenty of time and not be disappointed as in recent years the groups shows have been a sell-out.

Sounds of Music


Blessington Youth Theatre (BYT) presents:


A short, funny piece of theatre, enveloping many fairytale characters (animal and human), in an engrossing story with music and dance, that will have you laughing out loud!!
Watch the youth of Blessington and surrounds display their many talents in this madcap piece suitable for young and old alike.  Friday 7th Nov @ 8pm; Saturday 8th Nov @ 6.30pm. 
Tickets:  €5 from Hennessy's Next Door and The Office Shop

Tall tales and mayhem



AprilBlessington Youth Theatre (BYT) proudly presents “Annie” at the Tramway Theatre on Friday 11th April at 8pm, Saturday 12th April at 3pm and 8pm and Sunday 13th April at 6pm. The uplifting story of a little orphan called Annie will leave you with the feel good factor and the songs will have you humming all the way home. Please support the wonderfully talented members of the BYT in this must see show, suitable for all the family. Tickets available from The Office Shop and Hennessy's Next Door. Tickets €10 Adults, €8 Children. Group rates available.
Enquiries to 087 855 1055.

March:   We are now in full rehearsal mode at BYT for our upcoming show Annie Jr which starts on the 11th of April and continues until the 13th . The kids are very excited about this one - they and their leaders are working really hard to make this one of our best shows yet. The uplifting story of a little orphan called Annie will leave you with the feel good factor and the songs will have you humming all the way home. So keep your eyes out for tickets on sale soon at Hennessy's and The Office Shop as they are sure to sell out quickly .



2013 has been a really busy year for BYT.

At the moment BYT is in rehearsal for our latest production Hollywood Hysteria, a variety show of wonderful showtunes from the great Musical Blockbuster films, with lots of singing, dancing, and drama for all the family.

Showtimes are Friday, 29th November @ 8pm and Saturday, 30th November @ 6:30pm.

Tickets are €10 adults / €8 children and are available from The Office Shop and Hennessy’s Next Door, Main St, Blessington or by calling Rena on 087 8551055.

August/September: One of our long standing members James O'Neill (16) auditioned for and got a part in the National Association of Youth Drama's (NAYD) annual play in the Peacock Theatre in Dublin. The play was an adaptation of Gulliver's Travels, and James played Gulliver Number1. He was 1 of only 16 young adults from Youth Theatres all over Ireland who were picked to do this play, and we were all so proud to see him on stage in our national theatre, and then again when it transferred to the Everyman Theatre in Cork at the start of Sept.

July:- Some of our members were involved in a week-long film making course 'Wicked' run by Wicklow County Council Arts Office.

June: We sang with the visiting Appleton High School Choir from Wisconsin, in The Church of our lady. We sang a selection of showtunes from the 9 shows we have produced, and then we sang 'May the road rise to meet you' with the Appleton Choir. A lot of the audience were surprised with the amount of talent we have, and how slickly rehearsed the show was. A great night was had by all the members and leaders, socialising with our new American friends!

May: We brought a small group of around 35 members to Baltinglass Hospital to entertain the patients and staff with selections from Oklahoma!   We also brought the same show, with a slightly different cast to entertain the Over 60's in the old tech.

April: We sent 5 of our members to Cork to participate in a weekend of workshops in MTI (Musical Theatre Ireland), which included them dancing in a flash mob on Patrick's St! These workshops helped the members decide if musical theatre was the choice of career they wanted or not, and we hope to send more of our members next year.

March 22nd-24th: We produced our very successful musical Oklahoma! playing to almost full houses for each of our 4 performances.


By Blessington Youth Musical & Dramatic Society

FRI 22ND MARCH @ 8pm
SAT 23RD MARCH @ 3pm & 8pm
SUN 24TH MARCH @ 6pm

A fast-paced 80 minute production of this much-loved show including the wonderful songs 'Oh what a beautiful morning', 'Surrey with the fringe on top' and the show stopping title song.

€10 adult     €8 child      Special group rate
Available from:  Hennessy's Next Door, The Office Shop or phone 087 8551055.

See our poster on the Posters tab and check out some photos from our rehearsals on the Gallery tab.


Sunday, 4th December 2011 – BYMDS are holding a Cake Sale & Monster Raffle in St Mary’s Junior National School after 11am mass – this is an important fundraiser for us and we would very much appreciate your support with this.  It is essential we raise much needed funds in order to finance our show next April, and as a volunteer organisation we rely on the support of our local community and district.  Please drop in and buy dessert for Sunday lunch and/or a ticket for our Monster Raffle, with an impressive list of prizes.  Many thanks! 

November 2011 – We have launched straight into rehearsals for our next big musical production “The King & I” –  which will be brought to stage in April 2012.  This is a huge undertaking, with a complex script, elaborate costumes and challenging sets.  We are delighted to have the assistance from Blessington Community College Transition Year Students in helping us create some of our costumes, props and sets.  Our members have entered into rehearsals with their usual enthusiasm and energy – we are excited about this show – make sure you watch out for details nearer the time!

28th & 29th October 2011 – BYMDS brought “Halloween Hysteria” – an evening of spooky drama & dance to the Tramway Theatre.  This was a fun-filled entertaining show, with  a variety of acts – something for everyone!  The theatre was decorated in accordance with the Halloween theme, with plenty of witches, monsters & scary ghouls...and that was just the leaders!  Children in our audience dressed up for the night and an award was given to the best costume.  Our members presented poetry, drama, song and dance – all based on the Halloween theme – and closed the show each day with an impressive, powerful “Thriller” dance routine.

15th October 2011 – BYMDS joined a variety of acts in a concert held in the Tramway Theatre in aid of Baltinglass & Blessington Day Centre.  They performed short pieces of drama, dance and song to a full house, and were delighted to be able to take part in a fundraiser for such a worthy cause.

23rd September 2011 – Culture Night – BYMDS appeared in both Blessington Library and the Tramway Theatre.  Our members appeared in DramaReads, and presented song and dance numbers from some of our previous shows.  We were very proud to participate in this event and once again praise the children for their hard work.

September 2011 – BYMDS returned after the summer break with a bang – straight into rehearsals for our participation in Culture Night, a concert in aid of Baltinglass & Blessington Day Care Centre and our own Halloween production.  As several places had become available in BYMDS we were able to invite new members to join us in September and we are happy to say they have been a great addition to our group and have been made very welcome by all.

May 2011 – On the 12th of May the Hollywood style “Premier Night” of our three films was held in the Tramway Theatre for our members.  This was a fantastic night of fun and entertainment, hosted by Alan Hughes.  Our members were driven from Blessington Square to the Theatre by Blessington Vintage Car Club, and met in true moviestar style by waiting photographers.  For a change the children were the audience and in between viewings of their films were entertained by the Kilbride & Lakeside Band, Sinead O’Brien’s School of Dance...and a rare once-off performance from the BYMDS leaders!  The following nights Friday and Saturday 13th & 14th of May brought “A Night of the Oscars” – a selection of music, song & dance from Oscar Nominations and our three short films – devised, written & produced by our members. “Walking on Eggshells”, “Alien8” and “Facescroll” were well received by our audiences and once again portrayed the talent, diversity & enthusiasm of our members.