Queensbridge Musical Theatre Society are celebrating their 70th year this year, what better way to celebrate than with this uplifting musical.
Based on the film of the same name, Sister Act tells the story of Deloris, a wannabe star hoping her married boyfriend will help her to hit the big time. When she witnesses a murder all of this changes as she is sent to hide in a Convent by the police. How will this materialistic party girl fit into life with the straight-laced nuns?
Leonie Hamilton storms the stage as Deloris, taking her from brash and materialistic to sister and friend to the nuns. While Mother Superior (Gilly Harris) is straight laced and reluctant to the charms of Deloris, Sister Mary Patrick (Anna Beesley), Sister Mary Robert and Sister Mary Lazarus (Sharone Williams) come around to her unusual ways of being a nun. Anna Beesley is full of energy, springing around the stage with huge enthusiasm, you can’t help but smile. A rapping nun is a sight to behold and one that raises a deserved cheer for Sharone Williams. It’s a joy to watch Hattie Starks Sister Mary Robert transform from nervous nun to confident and defiant.
The many nuns on stage created beautiful harmonies and rocking numbers complete with some energetic choreography. Quite an achievement in nuns habits.
Although the show is known for the nuns, the men of the company are not to be forgotten. The characters are defined and perfected, not only in the dialogue but also in the songs. When I find my baby and Lady in the long black dress are both mobsters songs and will stay in the memory for all the right reasons.
The leading men all had solos songs that showcased their talents, from the sweet and innocent Eddie (Liam Ryder) to the menacing Curtis (Paul Stait).
The audience were on their feet at the end of the show clapping along with the Sisters. Sister Act may not be packed full of well known songs but you are certain to have a great night out and your spirits lifted.
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