A new Irish musical produced and staged in Waterford tells the story of a Jewish family during the Second World War.

Rehearsals are underway at the Theatre Royal in Waterford for 'Pentimenti' a stage musical set against the background of the Second World War and the persecution of the Jews.

Pentimenti is the first theatre musical creation to come out of Waterford since Maritana composed by William Vincent Wallace one hundred years ago. 

According to director and composer Bryan Flynn, the musical tells the story of a Jewish family during World War II without going into the horrors of The Holocaust. 

Lyricist Damien Slattery describes the work as,

One girl's Odyssey, really, very simply, going from youth to maturity in a very very short space of time because she was under such duress in a work camp in Poland. 

Bryan Flynn is hopeful that the production in Waterford gets a good reaction and there will be an opportunity to take the show on the road. Amongst the cast were Jimmy O'Byrne as Leon Sheiskel, Joanne Walsh as Belsie Shieskel, Paul Carroll as Samuel Sheiskel, Sarah Rochford and Sharon Clancy as Luca Sheiskel. 

The world premiere of 'Pentimenti' was produced by Stage Fright Musical Theatre Company in association with Red Kettle Theatre Company.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 8 November 1998. The reporter is Colm Connolly.