Sister Act

Date 19th May 2016
Society Alton Operatic & Dramatic Society
Venue Alton Assembly Rooms
Type of Production Musical
Director Jane Gray
Musical Director Lizzie Hales
Choreographer Anna Lang

Report

Author: Mrs Betty Haslam

Director Jane Gray brought the best out of a very talented cast in this hilarious musical telling the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva, superbly played in both acting and singing by Bisi Eni Olotu, who gave a dynamic performance in the lead role with excellent support from her backing duo Tina (Beth Mills) and Michelle (Lucy Towns).

Deloris witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in a convent, under the careful watch of the Mother Superior (Chrissie White), who was very suited for the part and gave an excellent performance. Deloris, along with the enthusiastic support of the fellow sisters, helps them to find their choir voices. Christine Bothwell was a delight as the novice Sister Mary Robert and Sister Mary Tours (Thelma Wallis), in her words a bit of a nutter, played the part well. Sister Mother Theresa (Pippa Mills) as the oldest nun with a walking stick again showed off her many talents. Eddie Souther (Jim Woods) as the cop displayed his dancing talents well. Curtis (Simon Jenkins) the Gangster, was suitably evil with his three henchmen Pablo (Mark Bluemel) Joey (Darren White) and T.J. (Tom Ellenden) all adding their hilarious talents. Stuart Nash (Friday and Saturday) again showed his comical expertise as the absent minded Monsignor. Monsignor O`Hara (Tony Creasey) certainly showed his talents bringing some light hearted comedy to the role of the Priest. The costumes added colour to the performance complementing the many dance routines.

Musical Director Lizzie Hales and her Band gave excellent support to the cast.

The cast were well drilled and organised by Choreographer Anna Lang, adding to the enjoyment. 

Stage Manager Robert Hudd and his crew coped well with the many small scene changes and Scenic artist Peter Crow`s talent with the stained glass window and various settings enhanced the scenery.

 The whole show was a pleasure to watch, enjoyed by a full house audience.