Theatre group’s heavenly show is up for awards

Leonie Dial in Sister Act: The Musical, by Alnwick Stage Musical Society at Alnwick Playhouse.
Leonie Dial in Sister Act: The Musical, by Alnwick Stage Musical Society at Alnwick Playhouse.

Alnwick Stage Musical Society is in the running to win a hat-trick of prestigious amateur theatre awards.

The group’s spring production of Sister Act: The Musical has been nominated for a trio of National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) performance accolades.

Darren Lewis in Sister Act: The Musical, by Alnwick Stage Musical Society at Alnwick Playhouse.

Darren Lewis in Sister Act: The Musical, by Alnwick Stage Musical Society at Alnwick Playhouse.

The show, which ran to sold-out audiences in March, has been recognised for the performance of leading lady, Leonie Dial, as Deloris Van Cartier; a second for Darren Lewis as Sweaty Eddie; and another for the production as a whole.

Michael Pearson, who directed the show, said: “The nomination is obviously thrilling for everyone involved and we are overjoyed we have received the nod from the company that accredits and inspires local theatre groups across the county.

“The nominations reflect the hard work that everyone put into this show and although it’s a performance nomination, we could not have done this show without the support of many hidden faces, including Virginia Mayes-Wright, our stage manager, and our fabulous costume mistresses, Christine McElhone and Anne Davies, who are sadly leaving the Society this year.”

Leonie and Darren, who played on-stage lovers in the production, are both equally thrilled with their individual nominations.

Leonie said: “I am absolutely overwhelmed to receive this nomination. It’s such an honour to be recognised for a performance that I put my heart and soul into.”

Darren, who had never performed in a musical before the show, added: “I am delighted and surprised in equal measure to have been nominated for my role as Eddie.”

The results are announced in September at an awards ceremony at Rainton Meadows Arena near Sunderland.

That same month, rehearsals start for the group’s landmark 30th anniversary production of Evita in March 2017. The Society is one of the only adult groups in the country to be given permission to perform the show as licensing is generally only available for school groups to perform.

The Society’s founding director, Norman Luke, will return to direct the show. For details, visit www.alnwick stagemusical.co.uk