Musical society to hit the heavenly heights

Oliver! The Musical in action last month at the Alnwick Playhouse.
Oliver! The Musical in action last month at the Alnwick Playhouse.

Following the recent success of Alnwick Stage Musical Society’s production of Oliver!, the group is looking forward to staging an ambitious theatre adaption.

The am-dram group has gained special permission to put on Sister Act the Musical in early 2016.

The Whoopi Goldberg classic was adapted into a musical by Disney composer Alan Menken with its own original score in 2009.

The society, which has been around since 1986, has had a successful run with Oliver! at Alnwick Playhouse.

The Society’s chairwoman Sally Plumford said they were ‘extremely pleased’ about the show.

Talking about the success, Sally said: “We were just thrilled, we knew it was going to be a great seller for us but we didn’t expect to have it packed out every night”

“The audiences were fantastic and we had such a great time doing it.

“We’ve had so much feedback from people and they said it was very slick and professional performance and the costumes looked fantastic.”

Oliver! Sold out at the Playhouse and had more than 100 people involved with the project.

But looking to the future, Sally said she can’t wait for the heavenly heights of Sister Act the Musical.

“In a way you couldn’t get two more different shows. Oliver! Has been such a community effort with the children but Sister Act is such a real vehicle for the women in the society.”

The musical adaption of the show follows Deloris Van Cartier who witnesses her nightclub-owning boyfriend kill a man at the club where she works.

While seeking witness protection, she hides away in a poverty-stricken convent where the church is falling apart.

The musical comedy is only awarded to limited theatre groups because of the show’s popularity on the West End and Broadway.

Rehearsals start in September.