Seren Howells gets back in the habit of watching fun musicals and reviews Sister Act at Wales Millennium Centre.
The musical comedy smash Sister Act based on the hit 1992 film had audiences clapping and dancing along on its return to Wales Millennium Centre on Tuesday evening.
The plot follows the adventures of Disco diva Deloris’ after she witnesses a murder. Placed under protective custody, Deloris hides in a convent where she helps her fellow sisters find their true voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own.
Sister Act’s colourful staging is filled with dazzling lights and amazing costumes. The production is bursting with an energy that keeps the audience dancing and smiling for the whole show.
There are also contrasts of emotion as Sister Mary Patrick (Catherine Millsom) kept us laughing, while Sister Mary Robert (Emma Ralston) made us cry with her heartfelt song of wanting to explore and see the world for herself.
Sister Act is full of surprises too. The stage combat helps add to the comedy of the musical, while characters such as TJ and Eddie raise smiles with their spectacular performances that have the audience rooting for them. Curtis (Jeremy Secomb) plays the bad guy so well that he will have you booing him.
Lesley Joseph’s Mother Superior and Sandra Marvin’s Delores play their characters so well that by the end of the show you can see how they have changed each other for the better. This really lifts the show and emphasises how strong friendship can be.
Finally, the ensemble that make up Sister Mary Lazarus (Anne Smith) and the rest of the nuns really know how to put on a show and steal the stage every single time they walk on. You can really see all the effort they have put in to make each character individual.
Through feel-good songs, Sister Act is second to nun and really leaves a smile on your face at the end of the evening!
- Sister Act continues at Wales Millennium Centre until November 5. There are limited tickets remaining for each performance, so be sure to check Wales Millennium Centre’s website for availability.
- Photographs by Manuel Harlan.