Sister Act at the Alnwick Garden

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A divine chorus will descend on The Alnwick Garden this Sunday as the Newcastle Musical Theatre Company (NMTC) perform a preview of their Theatre Royal production of the hit musical Sister Act.

Previews of the NMTC’s Theatre Royal production of Sister Act will take place at The Alnwick Garden on Sunday, July 5, at 12.30pm 1.30pm and 2.30pm and is free with entry to the garden.

These fabulous soul sisters, and the odd monk, will take you to heaven with this Broadway adaptation of the popular 1992 musical comedy, providing a taste of their energetic production.

NMTCs show will run nightly from July 21-25 with matinee performances July 23, 24 and 25.

Comprising of a cast of more than 40 performers, the company must sell more than £116,000 of tickets to cover the full production cost of the show.

The production is directed and choreographed by nurse and dancer Sandra Laidler, her second show with the company following last year’s hit performance of Grease, and musical direction is provided by trumpet player and conductor Michael Lamb, who has been with the company for six years.

The company held open auditions this January for the leading roles, which saw nineteen-year-old Newcastle College Student Lauren Gordon, cast in the role of Deloris Van Cartier, made famous by Whoopi Goldberg.

Lauren, who is currently studying for her BA in musical theatre with a hope to pursue her MA at London’s Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in 2016, said: “Gaining the role of Deloris felt incredible! My journey rehearsing the role has been extremely rewarding; it is most definitely the biggest role I have ever played, which has been an exciting challenge for me. She is so much fun to play and getting the chance to perform such a legendary role on the Theatre Royal stage is fantastic.”

Tickets for the Theatre Royal performance, which range from £9 to £22, are available at www.theatreroyal.co.uk