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The restored Isaac Theatre Royal in Gloucester directed the Showbiz Christchurch season of Monty Street is again the venue for an exhilirating Showbiz Python’s Spamalot in 2015. Christchurch production. Sara has extensive directorial experience including The final production in the company’s 2017 season, over 80 productions for theatre companies throughout Sister Act – A Divine Musical Comedy, follows the Australasia. exploits of 1970s wannabe disco diva Deloris Van The score of rousing gospel and lively disco music Cartier as she escapes from her gangster boyfriend. is by Alan Menken, a Tony and eight-time Oscar Having witnessed him commit a murder she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure winner, whose scores include Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Little Shop of Horrors, she won’t be a found: a convent! and is directed by musician and composer Matthew Disguised as a nun, Deloris finds herself at odds Everingham. with the rigid lifestyle of the nuns and their uptight Monique Clementson plays Deloris, the role Mother Superior. using her unique disco moves and singing talent, she inspires the nuns to create a more she recently performed in the Invercargill Musical contemporary choir and they become the hit of the Theatre’s production of Sister Act. community. Nick Purdie performs the role of the gangster boyfriend, Curtis Jackson. He played alongside Word of their success reaches her ex-boyfriend Curtis, who arrives with his gang to settle the score Clementson as Cop and love interest ‘Sweaty’ Eddie in the Invercargill production. Jackson’s gang is played with Deloris. by Chris Symon (TJ), Blair McHugh (Joey) and Rychalo Sister Act is directed and choreographed by New Thompson (Pablo). Matt McMenamin performs the Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate Sara Brodie, who role of Eddie.
Charlotte Taylor and Greta Casey-Solly complete Deloris’s cabaret trio in the roles of Michelle and Tina. Veteran musical theatre and cabaret entertainer Sarah Greenwood-Buchanan steps back on stage as Mother Superior. Her most recent supporting lead role was as Tanya in the sell-out Showbiz season of Mamma Mia! The principal nuns are Hannah Falconer (Sister Mary Robert), kate Taylor (Sister Mary Patrick), Nickie Wellbourn (Sister Mary Lazarus), Anne-Marie Cotton (Sister Mary Martin of Tours) and Glenda Bailey (Sister Mary Theresa). Ian Lester plays Monsignor O’Hara and Raoul Neave appears as the Pope. Clementson and Purdie are joined on-stage by a cast of more than 50 nuns, gangsters, altar boys, singers, dancers and musicians to create a stunning looking and sounding show with all the pizzazz of Broadway. The Showbiz Christchurch production of Sister Act - A Divine Musical Comedy is on at the Isaac Theatre Royal until 23 September.