Small cast de­liv­ers big show

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - LIFESTYLE - Moya Stevens

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.clink­the­ phone 4015 3216. at or

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opens at the Clink Theatre to­day.

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