|Date||6th March 2020|
|Society||Cockett Amateur Operatic society|
|Type of Production||Musical|
|Musical Director||Jonathan Lycett|
Author: Luke Spencer
This marvellous show has been taken to the hearts of so many, audiences and amateur companies alike. I have seen many lovely productions of this popular musical and the production by Cockett Amateurs delighted a packed theatre.
With a great ensemble of altar ‘men’ and nuns, who gave their all in the company numbers both vocally and in their enthusiastic movement, the show bounced along with some lovely costumes and great choreography by Julie Hemming.
There were some lovely performances with great cameo roles played by Jess Lynn and Joanna Griffiths as Deloris’ backing singers Tina and Michelle, also playing some of her ‘sisters’ later in the show, and Rachael Clee and Melanie Evans giving great characterisation to Sister Mary Lazarus and Sister Mary Martin-of-Tours respectively. Catrin Jones was an amazing and perfectly characterised Sister Mary Patrick and Mark Warren gave a good performance as Monsignor O’Hara.
Dean Smith was a suitably menacing Curtis and he was ably and comedically backed by his three stooges, Josh Crawshaw as TJ, Dafydd Mills as Joey and Morgan Boyce as Pablo, who were fabulous in their song Lady in the Long Black Dress. Eddie Souther was well played by Saul Woods and Emily Williams played the lead role of Deloris Van Cartier with flare, demonstrating excellent vocal ability and command of the stage. Special mention must go to Beverley Harris who gave a fabulous performance as Mother Superior, with her rendition of Here Within These Walls being one of the finest I have heard and to Byddia Lewis who was an outstanding Sister Mary Robert, who wowed the entire audience with an incredible voice and a wonderful and very moving portrayal of this seemingly reluctant novice nun.
Congratulations do to the entire company and many thanks for a delightful evening of entertainment.