The Northampton Musical Theatre Company is returning to Royal & Derngate next month with the feel-good music comedy, Sister Act.
The show tells the same story as the 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg, of Deloris Van Cartier, a nightclub singer and wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses her boyfriend committing a crime. To protect her, the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look – a convent..
Once Deloris is in the convent, she helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own.
A spokesperson for the company said: “NMTC had a tricky job of finding venues for their photos, as they wanted to cover both the nightclub and the convent scenes; however there was no need for two venues once the Church Restaurant was on board!”
Alexandra Harding, the general manager of the Church Restaurant, said: “We were thrilled to be asked… how could we have said no to nuns being a former church?… we were staying true to our roots! We love working with something a little fun and different, especially when it’s for our local community.
“They were a great bunch of people, we hope the show is a fantastic success!”
The building that the Church Restaurant now inhabits originally opened as St John’s Hospital in 1138 and in the 867 years since then has been providing hospitality in various guises. From its origins as a hospice it also became a soldiers’ burial ground, was confiscated during The Reformation, became part of Northampton’s first railway station, and was re-consecrated as a Catholic Church before its present incarnation as a modern restaurant. It now houses a modern bar and restaurant facility, whilst maintaining many of the original church architecture.
The company have recently been awarded their 10th “Best Musical” Award by the East Midlands region of the National Operatic and Dramatic Association.
Peter Thorn, NMTC’s business manager, said: “NMTC prides itself on their professional-quality productions, and this year we have a particularly excellent cast.”
Taking on the role of Deloris, lead Diva and Nun Choir Master, is Beth Hodgson, the real-life Head of Vocal Studies at the Northamptonshire Music & Performing Arts Trust. NMTC also welcomes back Matthew Berrill, who is well known for his many excellent roles in local theatre companies. Matthew will be playing Curtis, Deloris’ boyfriend who is trying to get rid of Deloris, the remaining witness. A full cast of 20 Nuns and as many other characters help to round out the cast, for what is already looking to be one of NMTC’s most successful shows yet.
Sister Act runs in the Royal & Derngate from Tuesday October 27 to Saturday October 31, with performances every evening at 7.30pm and a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets are from £10-£22 with discounts available for groups and concessions.
For full details and to book tickets call 01604 624811 or visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk