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14th - 18th November 2017
at the Halifax Playhouse

Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Book by Cheri & Bill Steinkellner
Additional Book Material Douglas Carter Beane
Based on the Touchstone Pictures Motion Picture "Sister Act" written by Joseph Howard
Orchestrations by Doug Besterman

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe)

Sister Act

 

Sister Act is the feel-amazing musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony and 8-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty And The Beast, Little Shop Of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for 5 Tony Awards including Best Musical.

When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in one place the cops are sure she won't be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood.


NODA Review

This amazingly hilarous musical opened at the Broadway Theatre in April 2011.  An Adaption of the smash hit movie starring Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith.

A story of Deloris Van Cartier a singer diva, who after witnessing her gangster boyfriend murder an employee, she is put under protective custody disguised as a Nun.  Finding this "lifestyle" difficult she gets involved with a convent choir and makes friendships never before known to her.

Wow, what a delightful evenings's entertainment, Halifax Light Opera Society must be very proud of their second production of the year. Delores Van Cartier, (Otti Gauvain) the mainstay character of the show was rarely off stage, an absolute sassy first class performer who coped beautifully with the complexities of her character.  Her singing, acting and comedy timing skills were spot on.

The interpretation of the Mother Superior, (Marilyn Mitchell) was brilliantly portrayed and showed great authority, she was completely exasperated with the situation of Delores.  Her solo "I Haven't Got A Prayer" was sung with feeling, I loved it.  Monsignor O' Hara gave an impressive characterisation with warmth, commpassion and comedy. Sister Mary Lazarus, (Brenda Chapel) gave a strong performance and delivered her rapping skills convincingly.  Sister Mary Robert, (Francesca Preston) the postulant belted out her songs beautifully.

"Sweaty " Eddie, (Ben Garbett) the policeman who's love interest is Delores, gaved a good portrayal of his role. The Baddies Curtis, (Craig Tucker) and his three henchmen performed the comedy number "Long Black Dress" extremely well.

All the big up-beat production numbers by the Nuns ensemble were excuted delightfully. The excellent Orchestra complimented the production, they did get a little carried away on the first night in the second act but I am sure it will be corrected by tomorrow evening.

This was a slick, fast moving production with everyone working hard both on stage and behind the scenes.  Wonderful sparkling finale costumes, one word for this superb production "HALLE-LU-JAH"

Jacqui Hartley - NODA representative District 10

Cast

Deloris Van Cartier
Otti Gauvain

Mother Superior
Marilyn Mitchell

Eddie
Ben Garbett

Curtis
Craig Tucker

Monsignor O'Hara
Stephen Jamieson

Sister Mary Patrick
Paige Fletcher

Sister Mary Robert
Francesca Preston

Sister Mary Lazarus
Brenda Chapel

Sister Mary Martin of Tours
Adele Hill

Sister Mary Theresa
Carole J. Greenwood

TJ
Tom Watson

Joey
Andrew Ingham

Pablo
Henry Foulkes

Ernie
Peter McDonnell

Ensemble
Brenda Ashworth, Charlotte Jones, Cheryl Carter, Elaine Greenwood, Francesca Hardman-Saiao, Helen Fantom, Julie Stott, Krystyna Carlisle, Lauren Thompson, Pat Schofield, Penny Taylor, Pippa Wilson, Rachel Priestwood, Sara Mason, Stephanie Honey, Sue Butterfield, Sue Varley, Tracey Corina


Creative Team

Director
Steve Tetlow

Choreographer
Alexandre Townend & Janet Fletcher

Musical Director
Adam Boniface

Stage Manager
Claire Jackson

Accompanists
Scott Kitchen & Linda Hinchliffe

Lighting Design
Mark Jennens

Sound
Richard Lumb

Properties
HLOS Members

Costumes
Norma Bateman and Team

Costume Hire
Darlington Amateur Operatic Society
& Ian Stead Theatrical Costumier

Set Design
Steve Tetlow

Programme Editor
Roy Greenwood

Programme Design
Paul Thornton

Programme Print
Larchfield Associates, Halifax