Review: Sister Act (Somerset Live)

Marilyn Barber for Somerset Live

Sister – it is becoming a habit with this group to produce a well-rehearsed and heartwarming evening of entertainment.

The first half sets the scene for some rousing and joyous songs from the large cast in the second half.

Sharron Pearcy oozes confidence – as she always does – as disco diva Delores who, as a witness to murder, is put into protective custody in a convent.

And the transformation of her appearance gives plenty of opportunity for comedic touches.

Lee Neal has just so much stage presence that he never fails to dominate his scenes, and he almost mesmerising as Curtis, the villain of the piece.

However, it has to be said that he also gets impressive backing from his three stooges, Pablo (John Bounds), TJ (Miles Bailey-Breangaard) and Joey (Bill Mason) whose disco moves are great fun.

Julie Sissons puts just the right amount of authority into the role of Mother Superior with her clear singing voice and excellent diction.

Jemma Cable adds sparkle as the hugely excitable Sister Mary Patrick with Duncan Sayers evoking compassion as the mocked and inept police officer Eddie.

Hermione Mason, with her strong voice is maturing into a very proficient actress who is very at home on the stage.

Accolades too to director Duncan Trew, musical director Alastair Hume – yes there are three instrumentalists – choreographer Suzi Villiers and artistic director Roy Joseph.

And the costumes are pretty good too.

With a cast of 23 it is not possible to mention everyone, but all play their part in making this a musical worth seeing.

It runs until Saturday.

(Originally on Somerset Live)

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