Shane Gallagher, Kevin Lilly and Brian McCarthy.
The Ballyshannon Musical Society 2018 production, Sister Act, which will take to the stage in the Abbey Arts Centre this evening at 8pm.
The musical runs from Tuesday, February 27th to Saturday, 3rd March at 8pm nightly, with two shows on the final day, matinee at 3pm and 8pm.
Based on the film
Sister Act is a musical based on the hit 1992 film of the same name, starring Whoopi Goldberg.
The show opens on Christmas Eve, Deloris Van Cartier, played by Farrah Bogle, who barely gets a chance to draw a breath all night is performing for her gangster boyfriend Curtis Jackson, (Frankie O’Donnell) in the night club he owns ("Take Me to Heaven").
Deloris's backup singers Michelle and Tina are played by Hannah Brennan and Orla Connolly.
Jackson's crew is made up of nephew TJ (Kevin Lilly), Joey (Shane Gallagher) and Pablo (Brian McCarthy) while Ernie is played by Kenny Roper.
The police desk chief Eddie is played by Niall Kerr.
Taken to a convent
In a show familiar to many, Eddie decides that Deloris needs protection and sends her to the place he believes Jackson will never find her - a convent.
Deloris is disappointed by this idea as she learns from the Mother Superior (Tracey Fitzpatrick) that contact with the outside world is limited, and that she cannot smoke, drink, or wear any of her less than appropriate clothing. Deloris joins the other nuns and is introduced as Sister Mary Clarence, and after several comedic interactions with the overly perky Sister Mary Patrick (Aine Cronan), Deloris discovers just how much is limited when she is a nun ("It’s Good to Be A Nun").
Deloris goes to a slinky bar, and is followed by Sister Mary Patrick and Sister Mary Robert (Siobhan McParland), a shy young postulant. However, Deloris recognizes Joey, TJ, and Pablo entering the bar.
The following morning Deloris attends the choir practice and realizes how bad it is.
Act two opens with Mother Superior praying to get rid of Deloris, but Monsignor O’Hara (Keith Robinson) tells her that the men who were planning to buy the church love the choir, and have given their money to improve and keep the church.
The second act sees the Pope no less visit the choir and lots of wonderful drama ensues with Deloris forced to tell them the truth about who she really is and that she cannot perform with them for the Pope.
She leaves but feeling guilty for abandoning her sisters when they needed her, she decides to return to the convent and sing with her sisters ("Sister Act").
It all comes down to a final confrontation in which Jackson, armed and dangerous, tells Deloris to get on her knees and beg for her life. However, all the sisters and nuns stand in front of her telling Jackson that he will have to go through them first ("Sister Act (Reprise)").
Jackson is about to start firing at the nuns when Eddie comes in and fights Jackson off.
The show ends with all the nuns and eventually the entire cast performing "Spread the Love Around" for the Pope (Paul Dunleavy).
The cast then perform one last rousing “Raise Your Voice" as a curtain call.
Sister Act is directed by Mary Daly, musical direction by Niamh Currid and lively cheoreography by Karla Gallagher. Paul Dunleavy once again has looked after the fabulous costumes.
This show is not to be missed, with wonderful performances, beautiful songs, music, dancing, full musical orchestra and funny one liners it really has it all.
Bookings at the Abbey Arts Centre, 071/98 51375.
Sister Act, Ballyshannon Musical Society 27th February to 3rd March at 8pm nightly.