Sister Act

by Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Glenn Slater, Book by Cheri & Bill Steinkellner, Additional Book Material by Douglas Carter Beane

Based on the Touchstone Pictures Motion Picture 'Sister Act' written by Joseph Howard. This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatr International (Europe). All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI Europe www.mtishows.co.uk

Sister Act is a hugely enjoyable musical with some great musical numbers, a storyline and period very different from any musical we’ve done before and it offers some terrific roles. It’s funny, touching and most importantly promises to be a whole lot of fun.

I won’t repeat here the excellent synopsis that appears online in the Guide to Musical Theatre, http://www.guidetomusicaltheatre.com/shows_s/sisteract.html but it’s worth finding this and reading it if you’re unfamiliar with Sister Act. You can also listen to the music on YouTube.

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Deloris Van Cartier / Sister Mary Clarence - Emma Thompson

Strong voice and big personality. Loud mouthed and sassy, but ultimately caring. Lots of comic moments. Written as a role for a black actress, but it can be played with a white actress and we can adapt the script where appropriate. On for most of the show and a large singing role. Audition songs - Fabulous Baby and Sister Act.

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Mother Superior - Jean Warner

Not necessarily older than the other nuns, but needs the gravitas, authority and seniority. Good voice needed for a couple of songs. Has a sarcastic sense of humour contrasting with outrage at the nuns’ performance. Protective about keeping the nuns away from the outside world. Audition song - Here within these walls.

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Curtis Jackson - Paul Foster

Nightclub owner, gangster and Deloris’ boyfriend. Always on the edge of violence. Controlling. A nasty piece of work. Has a great comic song with the other thugs. Audition song- When I find my baby.

Lt. Eddie Souther

Local cop who was at school with Deloris where he had a crush on her. A nice guy, nervous under pressure (prone to sweating!) who dreams he could be the one for Deloris. One main song to belt out with feeling. Audition song - I could be that guy.

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Sister Mary Robert and Nightclub Dancer - Amy Horn

Young postulant who changes from being shy and retiring to defiant of the mother Superior and standing between her ‘sister’ Deloris and Curtis with his gun. One solo to belt out and solo lines within other numbers. Audition song - Life I never led.

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Sister Mary Patrick and Nightclub Dancer - Meg Pike

Perky, loud, excitable and lovable. A cheery nun with some comic moments. A few solo lines within choral songs. Audition song- Sunday morning fever.

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Sister Mary Lazarus - Faith Powell

A nun who’s been unsuccessfully trying to teach the other nuns to sing. Initially resistant to Deloris, but surprisingly buys into her reformation of the convent with gusto. Some solo lines within numbers. Audition song - Sunday morning fever.

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Sister Mary Martin-of-Tours - Anna Foster

Largely in her own world but has moments of lucidity. Cameo role.

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Sister Mary Theresa - Gillian Smithies

The oldest nun who, although decrepit, packs a punch. Cameo role.

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Monsignor O'Hara - Graham Collier

Runs the convent and forces Mother Superior to accept Deloris into it to try and save it from closing. He also ‘comperes’ the nuns’ later performances. Minor singing role.

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TJ - Mark Humble

Curtis’ nephew and one of three hoods. Constantly in a state of ignorant bliss.

One of three thugs who have some comedy as they haplessly pursue Deloris and join Curtis as his ‘backing singers’ in one number plus they have a number of their own. Need to be able to move. Audition song for each - Lady in the long black dress.

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Pablo - Dan Cuckow

A thug. A natural follower who speaks mainly in Spanish.

One of three thugs who have some comedy as they haplessly pursue Deloris and join Curtis as his ‘backing singers’ in one number plus they have a number of their own. Need to be able to move. Audition song for each - Lady in the long black dress.

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Joey - Ian Thomas

Believes himself to be quite the ladies’ man.

One of three thugs who have some comedy as they haplessly pursue Deloris and join Curtis as his ‘backing singers’ in one number plus they have a number of their own. Need to be able to move. Audition song for each - Lady in the long black dress.

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Tina and Ensemble Nun - Sarah Slater

Tina and Michelle - Deloris’ backing singers for two numbers in the nightclub. Couple of lines of dialogue. Tina is a little dippy and Michelle somewhat lippy. Can double as nuns. Audition song - Take me to heaven.

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Michelle and Ensemble Nun - Kavitha Parameswaran

Tina and Michelle - Deloris’ backing singers for two numbers in the nightclub. Couple of lines of dialogue. Tina is a little dippy and Michelle somewhat lippy. Can double as nuns. Audition song - Take me to heaven.

Cop

Cop, Eddie and a drag queen - a line or two each.

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Ernie - Ben Williamson

Cop, Ernie and a drag queen - a line or two each.

Drag Queen

Cop, Eddie and a drag queen - a line or two each.

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Ensemble Nun - Emma Dudley

Original

Ensemble Nun and Nightclub Dancer - Maddison Heywood

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Ensemble Nun and Waitress - Nicola Anderson

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Ensemble Nun - Kay Frier

Original

Ensemble Nun and Newscaster - Frankie Godliman

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Ensemble Nun and Nightclub Dancer - Shelby-Alexa Myers

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Ensemble Nun - Chris Shepherd

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Ensemble Nun - Sarah Stidwill

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Ensemble Nun - Naomi Sherwood

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Director - Tony Frier

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Choreographer - Gemma Murphy

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Stage Manager - Linda Mardell

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Musical Director - Chris Winslet