Musical theatre on show at the the Waterford International Festival of Light Opera

Last minute preparations are underway before the curtain goes up on the first night of the 24th Waterford International Festival of Light Opera.

Music lovers from all over Ireland, Britain and the United States of America arrive into Waterford city for sixteen days of music and song. The historic Theatre Royal is booked out for the duration of the festival.

Entertainment and good simple fun are the cornerstones; formality is kept to a minimum despite the bow ties.

The festival programme follows a winning formula including Gilbert and Sullivan, Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals 'Oklahoma!' and ‘South Pacific’ and the rock opera 'Godspell'.

The unique festival is also competitive, as 13 amateur societies from the British Isles compete for a prestigious Waterford Crystal trophy,

And they’re here to win.

The Waterford International Festival of Light Opera also provides local pubs and hotels with a much needed boost as the tourist season fades.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 18 September 1982. The reporter is Michael Ryan.