Sister Act

Date 19th September 2015
Society Ellesmere Port Musical Theatre Company
Venue Floral Pavilion New Brighton
Type of Production Musical
Director Donna Dale
Musical Director Craig Price
Choreographer Pam Watson

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Author: Budge Grounsell

When an audience spontaneously is upstanding at the end of a performance you can safely assume that it was an outstanding production. Outstanding however is not a word that does justice to this show. Look up the word in Roget's Thesaurus and pick a host of words to give you a flavour of just how good it was. I have not seen the film but if it was better than this.. WOW.

What a production team was behind this feast for the eyes and ears; their experience and expertise showed in every aspect of the production. Director Donna Dale brought out all the magic of the story and used her cast to wonderful effect more than ably abetted by Choreographer Pam Watson who gave us some great movement and considerable laughter in keeping with the story . Musical Director Craig Price as usual rose to the occasion aided by assistant Carly Dallen in her role as vocal coach. The fine musicians under Craigs tutelage were never intrusive and the singing throughout the performance was excellent. I must say a word here about the lighting, sound , scenery and all the back stage crew together with Wardrobe who did more than justice to their task and provided strong support to the players.

What of the players? Liz Legeton, wonderful as Deloris Van Cartier, Joy McIntosh a superb Mother Superior Wesley Wharton who brought Pathos and Charm to his role.A trio of “rogues” in Damian Riverol, Chris Paquitti and Kortez Lopez who favoured us with some memorable comic moments as did Many of the ”Sisters “ Rebecca Searle, Julie Rooney, Pam Watson, Hayley Dale and Elaine Cooper who all shared the name of Mary and were an absolute a joy: in fact we had a superfluity of nuns in the cast who were all quite exceptional. Colin Hudson made a convincing gangster boss and Andy Nickson was as reliable as ever as the Monsignor. Such a talented cast all round who fully deserved the thunderous reception that got at the close.

If you get a chance to see this show don't miss out. Great Dialogue and songs and if you're lucky it will be by a society as magnificent as Ellesmere Port Musical Theatre Company.