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The annual school musical is a highlight of the year for both the school and the local community.  The show is performed each year in December for four nights and there are also two afternoon performances for our students and invited guests from local primary and post-primary schools.

Each show involves between 60 and 70 students on stage; most of these are seniors although some shows do involves junior students. There are also many students and most of the members of staff involved backstage in areas such as set construction and painting, make-up, costumes, props, front of house and refreshments.

The first musical was performed in 1973, under the direction of Mr Cunningham, then Head of English and later school Principal. Mr. Cunningham went on to direct 42 musicals at Kilkeel High School, an amazing achievement.

The show is now produced by Mr Kincaid (Musical director), Miss Holmes, Mr Cowan and Mrs Fry.

The shows so far are …

1973                        HMS Pinafore

1974                        The Pirates of Penzance

1975                        Oklahoma

1976                        Oliver

1977                        The Sound of Music

1978                        South pacific

1979                        Calamity Jane

1980                        Showboat

1981                         My Fair Lady

1982                        The Merry Widow

1983                        Viva Mexico

1984                        Hello Dolly

1985                        Annie

1986                        The Gypsy Baron

1987                        The Desert Song

1988                        Oklahoma

1989                        The Pirates of Penzance

1990                        Oliver

1991                        The Wizard of Oz

1992                        South Pacific

1993                        Half a Sixpence

1994                        My Fair Lady

1995                        Calamity Jane

1996                        Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

1997                        Me and My Girl

1998                        Hello Dolly

1999                        Oklahoma

2000                        Annie

2001                        The Merry Widow

2002                        Oliver

2003                        Rock Nativity

2004                        Me and My Girl

2005                        Summer Holiday

2006                        The Wizard of Oz

2007                        South Pacific

2008                        The Pirates of Penzance

2009                        Hairspray

2010                       Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

2011                       Footloose

2012                       High School Musical

2013                       Fiddler on the Roof

2014                       Les Miserables

2015                       Musical Extravaganza (in recognition of Mr. W, Cunningham’s contribution to the previous 42 Musicals in KHS)

2016                       Our House

2018                       Legally Blonde