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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 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 members of staff involved backstage in areas such as set construction and painting, make-up, costumes, props, lighting, sound, 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 musical is now produced by Mr Kincaid (Musical director), Ms Holmes and Mrs Grattan.

The shows so far are …

2024         Little Shop of Horrors

2022          Matilda Jr.

2018         Legally Blonde

2016         Our House

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

2014         Les Miserables

2013         Fiddler on the Roof

2012         High School Musical

2011         Footloose

2010         Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

2009         Hairspray

2008         The Pirates of Penzance

2007         South Pacific

2006         The Wizard of Oz

2005         Summer Holiday

2004         Me and My Girl

2003         Rock Nativity

2002         Oliver!

2001         The Merry Widow

2000         Annie

1999         Oklahoma

1998         Hello Dolly

1997         Me and My Girl

1996         Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

1995         Calamity Jane

1994         My Fair Lady

1993         Half a Sixpence

1992         South Pacific

1991         The Wizard of Oz

1990         Oliver!

1989         The Pirates of Penzance

1988         Oklahoma

1987         The Desert Song

1986         The Gypsy Baron

1985         Annie

1984         Hello Dolly

1983         Viva Mexico

1982         The Merry Widow

1981         My Fair Lady

1980         Showboat

1979         Calamity Jane

1978         South pacific

1977         The Sound of Music

1976         Oliver!

1975         Oklahoma

1974         The Pirates of Penzance

1973         HMS Pinafore

Production of Matilda Junior May 2022
Kilkeel High School’s musical Matilda Junior finished on Friday 6th May after 3 sell out evening shows. It was great to put on our 45th Musical production after a longer than planned break due to COVID. The story of Matilda is well known and has been performed on the West End stage as a musical for many years now; this ‘Junior’ production is based on the same story and uses all the same songs. The cast for this show was taken solely from pupils in year 8 – 10 in school and they really showcased the young talent that exists within KHS. This was a new venture for us as a school as it didn’t involve any senior pupil at all on stage. We also introduced a supper at the end of the performance to make it a real night out for our audiences. The feedback from the community has been tremendous and it created a real buzz around school as a result. The pupils involved were a fabulous group to work with and will be our future stars.  If you watched our production, we hope you enjoyed the show.