The Three Irish Tenors take Clovis stage

Freedom Newspapers

The stage at Marshall Junior High in Clovis will be transformed to Dublin, Ireland, Wednesday as Clovis Community College presents “Christmas From Dublin” as part of its Cultural Arts Series.
The central attraction of the show will be the Three Irish Tenors, a Dublin vocal group with a long list of professional accomplishments. The trio will be joined by the Irish Divas, one of the most recognizable female trios in Ireland, according to the Web site for Windwood Theatricals, the agent for “Christmas From Dublin.” The two groups will be accompanied by an eight-piece orchestra.

The Three Irish Tenors feature Ciaran Nagle and Brian Dunphy, who performed in “Riverdance — The Show” and Anthony Norton from “La Scala Milan.”

According to Windwood’s Web site, the three friends began discussing plans to form the group over a few pints of Guinness in McSorleys Pub in Dublin. They wanted to bring together music that would appeal to a wide range of generations and also cross cultural and national boundaries.

They have toured throughout Ireland, the United Kingdom and Asia, and are on their eighth U.S. tour with “Christmas From Dublin.”
The Irish Divas are Ellen McElroy, Jacqueline Whelan and Naoise Stuart-Kelly.

“We are really lucky,” said CCC Cultural Arts Director Christy Mendoza, who was able to get the show to fill a vacancy. “I was looking at plays and wanted to bring in the ‘Wonderful Ice Cream Suite,’ but they were not ready to tour despite the fact that they had had their debut already,” Mendoza said. “I had saved them a spot, and so in the meantime someone from the ‘Christmas From Dublin’ company called and said they would be in the area and needed to fill a date so we booked them.”
Mendoza explained that the show is being held at Marshall because of its stage size requirements. Performances such as “Pueblo Christmas” (Nov. 26 at CCC’s Town Hall) consisted of three musicians and could fit in the CCC theater, she said.

Some of the seats for the event will be filled by members of the Clovis High School choir, who are being invited as part of CCC’s outreach program. “We just want to educate at the same time we entertain,” said Mendoza.

Audiences at “Christmas From Dublin” can expect to hear such Christmas songs as “Silent Night,” “Adeste Fideles,” “The Little Drummer Boy” and “O Holy Night.”

“We anticipate a large audience and urge people to buy tickets early,” said Mendoza.

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students, seniors and members of the military. They can be purchased at the CCC cashier’s office.

For information, call 769-4035.