Small cast delivers big show
THE preview of The Douglas Theatre Arts Group’s
on Tuesday evening proved a great night’s entertainment, featuring only five women providing laughterpacked performances in a slick production.
The musical comedy, written by Dan Goggin, was first performed in cabaret format but was adapted to the fulllength theatre production in the mid-80s and was the sec- ond longest running show in history.
The story is set in Mount Saint Helen’s School, run by the Little Sisters of Hoboken. Due to an unfortunate poisoning by some vichyssoise soup of 52 of the sisters, fundraising activities were necessary to raise the money to bury the dearly departed.
The show reflects the events of that talent show and provides much amusement with the various nuns telling, through song, of their individual offBroadway lives, dreams and disappointments.
The small cast of exceptionally talented women kept a constant pace, with one liners, puns and double entendres featuring for the audience’s entertainment.
A minor sound issue was soon rectified early in the first act, and that night’s preview went ahead with no other visible glitches, a testimony to an extensive rehearsal regimen.
With professional aplomb, the nuns interacted with the audience, including them in a comfortable way with impromptu banter and, in some cases, drawing on experiences in the Catholic school system.
Sister Amnesia (Cathy Knight) proved particularly adept at audience inclusion whereas Sister Robert Anne (Narelle Spencer) was entertainingly energetic in her portrayal of the understudy for the nuns’ show, singing
Sister Leo (Jenn Kerr) was endearing as the novitiate with the ambition of being a ‘nun ballerina’ and Sister Mary Hubert (Angela Whittaker) was the capable second in charge at the convent and had the audience swaying and clapping to a rousing gospel-esque song,
Reverend Mother Sister Regina was the quintessential Mother Superior with excellent comedic timing and expression.
has no costume changes and no set changes and relies entirely on the cast engaging with the audience with song, laughter and clever choreography. A credit to all involved – is just a great night’s entertainment.
is playing October 18, 19, 20 and 21 at The Clink Theatre.
Tickets available www.clinktheatre.com.au phone 4015 3216. at or
opens at the Clink Theatre today.