Henley College Performing Art students excelled with their production of Sister Act the divine musical at The Kenton this week.
Their rendition of this beloved musical, inspired by the iconic film staring Whoopi Goldberg was excellent. The production boasted professional staging, costumes and scenery complemented by a brilliant live band accompaniment using the rarely used orchestra pit in the theatre.
The talent of the singing and acting from the students in Years 12 & 13 who are studying performing arts, drama, dance and music plus Harry an Engineering student was at a high level.
The story follows Deloris Van Cartier a 1970s lounge singer, trying to make it big. She makes the wrong choice in dating gangster Curtis Jackson and ends up hiding from him in in a convent in witness protection under the watchful eye of Mother Superior. She then inspires and leads the choir of nuns to sing and saves the church from being sold.
Deloris played by Rhi Gildea has a big part to play and has superb singing voice. As the show progressed she became more confident and relaxed into her role, allowing her voice to shine through more in the second half. Mother Superior, played by Amiera Mason tackled her slower ballads with ease and had a beautiful tone to her voice. Dylan Evans playing Curtis Jackson had his fan club in on the opening night, giving him huge applause and cheers each time he came on although his cute good looks occasionally clashed with the character’s gangster persona.
Curtis’ three stooges were hilarious and had the best lines and scenes of the show – we loved the 3 door scene (no spoilers here). Frankie Ramsaran playing TJ got to show off his great voice too in a solo in the song Lady in the Long Black Dress.
The Nuns ensemble came together each time to show off their harmonious voices after cleverly singing out of tune when they first came on and we loved the choreography of their raunchy disco moves. Our favourite song of the night was It’s Good to be a Nun with hilarious lyrics and our favourite nun Sister Mary Robert played by Liv Toovey showed off her divine voice in The Life I’ve Never Led.
It was great to see the local college performing at The Kenton on their doorstep. The show is on until Friday (2 February) so I would definitely recommend it to lift your spirits on a Winter’s night and as one of the show’s tunes suggests, it’s indeed Fabulous Baby!
To book tickets go to https://kentontheatre.co.uk/event/sister-act-2/