1 March 2019
1970s Philadelphia was the setting for St Catherine’s whole school musical extravaganza – Sister Act. Initially a big screen hit, starring Whoopi Goldberg, the stage musical version premiered in California, arriving in the West End in 2009. Alan Menkin’s boogie soundtrack adds 1970s authenticity and certainly proves that good songs never go out of fashion.
Nightclub singer Delores, witnessing a fatal shooting, leads to her being put into witness protection inside the quiet, backwater Queen of Angels Convent where she takes over the running of the rather untuneful choir. Much hilarity ensues as Delores as gives the nuns a new musical lease of life – the show was a huge, unashamedly disco ball spectacle complete with dancing nuns, live orchestra, lighting projections and some amazing costumes.
The directors were very keen to add ‘St Catherine’s’ style to the play. Eternal messages of friendship and the strength of women working together came through the play and added an extra dimension. Director Tansy Parkinson said ‘ St Catherine’s girls epitomize the message that together, they can achieve anything’.
100 girls were involved in the project; acting, working backstage and in the band. Tilly Osunkoya, playing Delores, commented that, “Sister Act is hilarious to perform and such fun to be a part of. But the real highlight is building friendships with so many different people from all years of the school.”
Laura Grizzelle-Lang, Assistant Director added ‘It’s been sheer, unadulterated fun from start to finish’