The Bene Merenti is a show of talent from our school that is held every year. Auditions are held in the school and the best acts get the chance to perform in front of the public for two nights in Gorey Little Theatre. I decided to take up music this year and as a result, I was part of Ms. McGrath’s choir in the show. Our class had been practising for months, as we did the same performance for a Gambia concert in St. Michael’s church. That time, however, it was just our class performing it. For Bene Merenti, we were singing along side Ms. Dempsey’s choir. The song we sang was Under Pressure by Queen and David Bowie. Zack played bass, Cein played guitar, Amanda played Piano and Ben played drums. Ciara and Aisling also had singing solos during the performance. Two days before Bene Merenti ,we had our dress rehearsals in The Little Theatre. These went on right from the morning up until home time. I was with Cein and Samantha on the way down, where we met up with Jean, Zack, Jake and Sean. The rehearsals were very fun, and it was cool to see the dozens of acts that were going to perform. It was clear that a huge amount of time and practise went into every act. There was a TY dance crew with girls and boys from the year, choreographed by Ciara Byrne, which brought a lot of energy to the show and it was very fun to watch. Some TYs played instruments as part of Traditional groups. There was also a piece from the movie Matilda that Amanda Fitzpatrick, Cara O’Conner and Jessica Kavanagh took part in. Going backstage before we had to perform was kind of nerve wracking but I felt relieved that we were on stage in a big group. I respected those who were brave enough to get up there on their own or in a small group. Rehearsals were tiring but we had a good laugh. I was excited for the real show to begin. We all got dressed up and ready to head down to Gorey Little Theatre. I met up with my friends who were all dressed in rock and roll attire. I did Cein’s eyeliner in a Glam Rock kind of style as homage to David Bowie. We were on and off in no time and the performance went well, which left us time to have fun and relax backstage, share sweets and have sing songs. At half time we went to the takeaway and shared a bag of chips. At the end of the night, people were awarded for their acts and their participation over the years. The whole night was a great experience and it really showcased the talent in the school that I never knew existed. I’m sorry I didn’t get involved in music sooner.