Soul sis­ters to raise the roof

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS - By FIN­TAN LAMBE

SIS­TERS are do­ing it for them­selves in Carnew these days, and a very en­er­getic choir of nuns is get­ting set to raise the roof of St Brigid’s Hall.

Carnew Mu­si­cal So­ci­ety’s pro­duc­tion of the hit mu­si­cal ‘Sis­ter Act’ will play from Mon­day, November 27, to Satur­day, De­cem­ber 2, at 8 p.m. nightly, with an added mati­nee per­for­mance on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 2, at 2 p.m.

The hi­lar­i­ously funny show is based on the hit 1992 film of the same name star­ring Whoopi Goldberg. In the show, her char­ac­ter Deloris Van Cartier goes on the run from the mob by hid­ing out in a con­vent dis­guised as a nun where she helps trans­form the strug­gling choir.

The stage show, fea­tur­ing all new songs, pre­mièred in 2006, and has been a hit both on Broad­way in New York and in the West End in Lon­don.

Songs such as ‘Take me to Heaven’, ‘Raise your Voice’, ‘Fab­u­lous Baby’, ‘Sis­ter Act’, ‘Spread the Love Around’ and ‘Sun­day Morn­ing Fever’ have been firm favourites with au­di­ences.

Naoimh Pen­ston from Ark­low, is both mu­si­cal di­rec­tor, and plays the lead role of Deloris, while Gra­ham Fin­nerty is teach­ing the moves as chore­og­ra­pher and Michael Dun­bar is di­rec­tor.

Along­side Naoimh, the cast in­cludes Jen­nifer Byrne as Mother Su­pe­rior; Erin Hogan as Sr Mary Robert; Thérèse Canavan Bol­ger as Sr Mary Lazarus; Marie Dunne as Sr. Mary Pa­trick; John Young as Mon­signor O’Hara; Bill Stafford as Cur­tis; and Brian O’Gorman as Ed­die.

Also in­cluded in the line up are: Jimmy Spel­lacy, David Cox and John Duig­nan as gang­sters TJ, Joey and Ernie; Padraig D’arcy as Pablo; Mary Do­ran as Sr Mary Martin de Tours; Anne Sheri­dan as Sr Mary Teresa; and Cather­ine Stafford and Clodagh Leacy as Michelle and Tina.

The un­doubted high­light of the show will be a special guest ap­pear­ance by His Ho­li­ness The Pope, played by none other than Carnew Mu­si­cal So­ci­ety leg­endary fig­ure Sean Hal­la­han who will be per­form­ing in his 50th pro­duc­tion with the so­ci­ety.

Sean will be more than up to the task of fill­ing those white shoes, as he has played sig­nif­i­cant roles in ev­ery one of the 50 pro­duc­tions he took part in.

The all-im­por­tant back­stage roles are filled by stage man­ager Tommy Ka­vanagh; set de­signer Tony Barry with his tal­ented con­struc­tion crew; Jac­inta Ka­vanagh and her wardrobe and cos­tume crew; light­ing ex­pert Kevin McEvoy; and it is all put to­gether by a hard work­ing com­mit­tee un­der the lead­er­ship of chair­man Lorna Do­ran.

Ad­mis­sion to the stalls for the 8 p.m. show on Mon­day, November 27, and the Satur­day mati­nee at 2 p.m. on De­cem­ber 2, is €10, and €16 for bal­cony seats.

Ad­mis­sion from Tues­day, November 28, to Satur­day, De­cem­ber 2, at 8 p.m. is €15 for the stalls, and €16 for bal­cony seats.

Book­ing for ‘Sis­ter Act’ opens on Mon­day, November 20. Phone 087 6985275 to book, Mon­day to Fri­day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.

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