Hallelujah! Form 5 presented their “divine” production of Sister Act JR. on the 28th and 29th June in the Wyatt Hall, and we were delighted that, despite COVID, the cast were able to perform in front of an audience of their peers and families.
Based on the hit film of the same name, Sister Act JR. features music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, book by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner, and additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane.
Though Deloris Van Cartier (Wren -H-D) is forced into the convent under witness protection, she quickly finds her place in the women’s choir. While Deloris does not share the faith and modesty of her fellow nuns, her newfound community of sisters offers her friendship and fellowship, and, in turn, Deloris teaches each woman how to raise her voice in beautiful praise. The choir’s new sound proves a big draw, attracting new worshippers at church services, sorely-needed donations, and community attention.
It is only when Deloris takes sanctuary with Mother Superior (played by Anise R), that she finds her place in the world. Anise’s rendition of “Between these Walls” was executed with precision and will provide a longlasting memory for those of us lucky enough to witness it.
Through the framework of this musical, the students show how each of us can find our own unique way to express ourselves. Deloris sung the lion’s share of the songs, and certainly “Raising Her Voice” was never an issue for Wren – a real powerhouse and huge talent. She understood the importance of how to grow a number and keep the audience absolutely captivated with her comic timing.
Hannah W. played Mary Robert, the timid young nun. She was so convincing and engaging; her confidence on stage and character developed throughout the process and culminated in an outstanding performance of “The Life I never Led”.
Sam F played Officer Eddie Souther in a wonderfully calm and convincing way, blowing the audience away with a confident and musically assured rendition of “I Could Be That Guy”.
Poppy H. brought an energetic, believable and animated performance to the stage when singing “It Is Good To Be a Nun”, not forgetting Mary Lazarus, played by Zoe G, where her puritanical persona transformed into a Rock Star Nun who packed a punch.
The Thugs, led convincingly by Cameron R, as Curtis, stole a piece of the show. TJ (played by Darwin B) rapped his way into the hearts of the audience as he planned to seduce his way into the convent.
James W played an equally starring role as Monsignor O’Hara, the exuberant minister intent on raising funds for the cathedral.
The dancing was energetic, precise and ambitious throughout, choreographed skillfully by Kimberley Vowles and Katy Stredder.
The production was masterminded by Philip Waller, who worked tirelessly with an extended team of costume designers (led by Lita Everett), stage managers, a sound engineer and a lighting technician.
Due to the hard work of everyone involved, the performances were a huge success and were enjoyed by pupils and audiences alike. It was such a joy for the children to perform to a live audience and we look forward to the next fabulous CPS production!
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