Whitkirk Arts Guild

Type of Performance Musical
Ticket Price (Adult) £10.50
Ticket Price (Concession) £8.50

Whitkirk Arts Guild bring the multiple award-nominated musical Sister Act to East Leeds. Packed full of unforgettable musical numbers and a whole convent of singing, dancing nuns this is one show you want to be certain to see!


Cast

Name Role
Lauren Aalbreğt Nun
Chris Burdis-Green Nun
Penelope Carroll Michelle
Lynn Evans Nun
David Farrar Ensemble
Rebecca Grayston Ensemble
Deb Greaves Sister Mary Patrick
Sue Horwell Nun
Claire Jackson Tina
Gail Jackson Mother Superior
Matthew Jackson Eddie
Nick Jackson TJ
Matthew Jameson Curtis
Sheila Jameson Nun
Josh Knight Ernie
Lorna Marshall Sister Mary Theresa
Heather McDermott Sister Mary Robert
Kirsten Moore Deloris Van Cartier
Rebecca Nelson Nun
Mandy Perry Nun
Vikki Robinson Nun
Chris Rowlands Sister Mary Lazarus
Emma Shortall Sister Mary Martin of Tours
Keith Speight Monsignor O'Hara
Anne Spencer Nun
Helen Thomson Ensemble
Lee Wallace Joey
Martin Welsh Pablo
Laura Wilkinson Ensemble
Claire Williamson Chiffon

Crew

Name Role
Lynne Bigland Bookings
Lynne Bigland Stage Crew
Tim Bigland Stage Crew
Charlotte Hodge Director
Claire Jackson Wardrobe
Nick Jackson Publicity
Adam Moore Technical Crew
Louise Norbury-Robinson Musical Director
Jason Robinson Stage Crew
Andrew Thomson Stage Manager
Helen Thomson Dance Captain
Ian Thomson Technical Crew
Tricia Thomson Stage Crew
Laura Wilkinson Wardrobe

Reviews

There was plenty of 'rejoicing' at Whitkirk's production of *Sister Act* both onstage and in the audience! It never ceases to amaze me how this community group manage to achieve... Christine Castle

There was plenty of 'rejoicing' at Whitkirk's production of Sister Act both onstage and in the audience! It never ceases to amaze me how this community group manage to achieve what they do against all the odds - small stage, no wing space, a bog-standard church hall - all transformed to present productions that larger companies shy away from. What they do have is theatrical talent and team spirit which transcends mere obstacles! The Director, Charlotte Hodge, had her work cut out directing a large cast of nuns and villians, but it worked to perfection. She was helped in no small measure by Dance Captain, Helen Thomson, a strong cast of principals - from a spirited Deloris, a mean Curtis with his henchmen, a cute Eddie and an array of Sister Marys, an assortment of minor principals and not forgetting Monsignor O'Hara, everyone brought energy to their roles - no mean feat, on one of the hottest evenings of the year!

The Musical Director, Louise Norbury-Robinson, had all my admiration - working unseen from behind the company, cramped and suffering from a cracked rib, she drove her orchestra along at a cracking pace (no pun intended!) the company taking musical cues from monitors. Every word, in lyrics and dialogue, was clear and not drowned out. As always at Whitkirk, the technicians did a brilliant job with lighting, sound, stage management and crew (led by the experienced Andrew Thomson). Not just a tiny criticism of Whitkirk, but all companies - if the stage crew go on stage to move sets, etc., can they be in costume? It just looks more professional, especially if the lighting is full-on.

There are some professional shows that I have seen where, at the end, I might comment, "that would be a great show for amateurs" - Sister Act is one of them - good roles for women (of all ages!), a good story and lots of good singing! Whitkirk definitely stepped up to the mark with this production and raised their voices! Congratulations are in order for the whole company.

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