Sister Act


Sounds Musical Theatre Company, 7th – 10th March, Devonport Playhouse

If you are looking for a night of escapism and fabulous music then head to the theatre to see ‘Sister Act’. This is a relatively new musical and seemed to be the perfect choice for this company. With plenty of female singers to play the Nuns, the ensemble numbers were brilliant.

This show weighs heavily on the talents of the leading lady, Deloris Van Cartier played by Cairo McFarlane, who is on stage for a huge amount of time. Her portrayal of this diamond-in-the-rough character was perfect. She seemed completely opposite to the Nuns and yet somehow they formed an amazing friendship. It was a treat to watch her develop the character throughout the performance.

This story is heartwarming, full of fun and even slightly farcical at times. The underlying theme of love and friendship revealed to the audience how close this group of actresses had become. They seemed to have the best time performing this show and it certainly rubbed off on the audience who were soon bopping along to the catchy tunes.

‘Raise Your Voice’ was the standout song of the evening. In this scene the Nuns begin to develop their choir under the guidance of Deloris a.k.a Sister Mary Clarence. We see them begin to enjoy singing together and bond as a group.

For those who have seen the film version of Sister Act there is a crucial scene with Sister Mary Robert. The moment Sister Mary Robert (Jasmine Smith) finds her voice was everything the audience had hoped for. Jasmine Smith showed us the full range of her vocal talent and seemed delighted with the voice she had found.

If you have never seen the musical version of Sister Act, this is not to be missed. Overall, the cast had complete confidence in their performance and showed the audience that these Sisters can boogie!

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