Richmond Operatic Society to stage Sister Act

Photo: Christine Meldon Photography.

Award winning Richmond Operatic Society kick off their 97th year with Broadway musical comedy, Sister Act, on stage at the Georgian Theatre Royal from May 22 to 25.

The musical, based on the 1992 Oscar nominated film of the same name, follows Deloris (Gracie Wills) as she attempts to run from her murderous partner, Curtis (John Holliday).

Luckily for Deloris, a cop (Brodey Laundon) is here to save the day and keep her safe — in a convent.

The nuns of the convent, led by the Mother Superior (Gail Barlow), help to show Deloris that life is not just about wanting to be a star, but also about love and compassion. In return, Deloris helps the nuns to finally be able to raise their voices to the heavens and sing with joy.

The comedy was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and features original music by Tony Award and eight time Oscar winner Alan Menken, with lyrics by Broadway’s Glen Slater.

The production team behind this show is led by director/choreographer Jordan Hamilton.

He said: “Sister Act is a glorious production.

“Richmond Operatic Society have been put through their paces with this show.

“It is their most ambitious show to date and promises to be a sell out. At the time of writing, the show has already sold over 75 per cent of available tickets.”

Photo: Christine Meldon Photography.

Supporting Jordan are musical duo, John and Jane Hunter.

Jane said: “This is the most complex performance we have ever done – the singing harmonies alone are incredibly challenging and the orchestral score is demanding for all of our players, never mind that we have five musicians covering 14 different band parts.

“It has been a joy to work on this production and we are very excited.”

Behind the scenes there is a large team including Gary Winn.

He said: “With the size of the Georgian Theatre Royal stage, we have had to be creative – this will be a treat for audiences.”

One of the most recognisable features of this show are the habits worn by the nuns. Christine Hill, costume designer, has made all of our costumes from scratch and are a treat for the eyes.

Richmond Operatic Society chairman John Holliday said: “Sister Act promises to be one of the best shows that we have ever produced.

“This show brings plenty of comedy and light hearted moments which juxtaposes moments of beautiful pathos.’”

Richmond Operatic Society are always on the lookout for new members. If you want to be part of something special, please come along to our rehearsal hall on Bargate to find out more, or you can follow us on Facebook @richmondoperatics.

Otherwise, if you would like to be part of our concert choir come along on Wednesday evenings from 19:30 to learn more.

Tickets are available from the Georgian Theatre Royal Box Office in person, by calling 01748 825 252 or via http://www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk/