Saturday 26th May - Saturday 2nd June 2018
CROMER PIER PAVILION THEATRE
DIRECTED BY MARTIN RODWELL
What they said......
Wow! What a class act Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society have treated us to with Sister Act .
It's not everyday you get to see a performing convent of nuns Cromer-style dressed in wimples and habits belting out Sister Act's 70s style musical theatre numbers at the end of its pier, and this coastal cast certainly gave Whoopi Goldberg's film version a run for its money.
Sister Act revolves around Deloris - a sassy disco queen played by the brilliant and ballsy Claire Chandler - who hides with the sisters after witnessing her gangster boyfriend commit murder.
Claire hits all the right notes, and gets her soul sisters swinging and singing from the Pavilion Theatre's rafters.
As the cast and audience alike warmed up, the fun factor flowed, from the trio of slapstick gangster stooges and naughty nuns to the sweet sweaty Eddy.
Mother Superior was a perfect casting and her apprentice nun's solo brought the house down - surely she must be destined for stardom.
Thank you Sister Act for bringing the West End to Cromer. It will be a hard act to follow.
It was a misty grey night outside Cromer Pier, but inside the Pavilion nuns with glittery wigs were rocking the room.
We were among another packed house watching CSODS' superb Sister Act show on Thursday evening.
Despite being mostly set in a convent there was a heady cocktail on intoxicating fun in non-stop song, dance and comedy.
Highlights were the powerful chorus numbers, and some excellent individual performances including the experienced favourites Claire Reynolds Chandler as Doloris, Amanda Howell as Mother Superior, plus a stand out solo by young star in the making Charlotte Drewell.
Great knockabout comedy from the three gangster stooges Grahame Woodrow, Neil Robertson and Robin Taylor.
And where else can you see a local councillor and restaurateur (Andreas Yiasimi) do contrasting cameo roles as The Pope and a drag queen?
Well done director Martin Rodwell and the team.
Am dram gold of 24 carat quality.
Richard Batson 1st June 2018
Just come back from watching Sister Act on Cromer Pier. There are not enough superlatives to describe this show. It was brilliant. Well done to a magnificent cast and thank you for a wonderful family evening out.
Lynn Padmore to Enjoy Cromer More 31 May 2018
Absolutely brilliant! Very professional, can't say enough, if you havnt seen it your missing out! Actually felt we were in the West end! Well done Martin and all the cast you have done Cromer proud !
Sharon Cox 1st June 2018
REVIEW: Sister Act, Cromer Pavilion Theatre
What a show, what talent, fantastic costumes, lighting, seamless scene changes and superb choreography.
There are not enough words to describe this wonderful production of Sister Act by Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society, which runs at Cromer Pavilion Theatre until June 2.
The opening gala night on May 26 was packed with an audience expecting the best of shows and they were rewarded with a dazzling display of talented actors and musicians.
The musical is set in Philadelphia USA in December 1978 and follows the fortunes of a nightclub singer, Deloris Van Cartier, after she witnesses her gangster boyfriend shooting one of his gang.
Deloris reports this to the police who then decide to keep their witness safe by hiding her in a convent. Deloris is played by Claire Reynolds Chandler who, with electric presence, is the raunchy, ambitious singer with a soft and vulnerable side.
Her entry into the convent and her shaking up of the nuns' choir leads to some hilarious moments, not to mention some amazing choreography and singing.
The Mother superior, Amanda Howell, is very dignified trying to keep control of her order. Sister Mary Lazarus, Carol Beatty, and sister Mary Patrick, Selina White, are the mischievous ringleaders of the nuns' revolution. Deloris' love interest Eddy, Paul James, is a very sensitive cop. The most hilarious scene in the show is the song Lady in the Long Black Dress, performed by Joey, TJ and Pablo (Graham Woodrow, Neil Robertson and Robin Taylor), had the audience in tears of laughter.
The most surprising new talent that shone was Charlotte Drewell, who was Sister Mary Robert. She commanded the stage in her song and caught the heart of the show. Sister Act is a show not to be missed and you leave smiling. What more can be said.
Kevin and Sandra Stone - Just Regional
And local singer and entertainer Eddie Bushell (Cromer Pier Show and Thursford Christmas Spectacular) writes......
As a former member, I always like to see where the society is going but unfortunately my own work schedule means I haven't been able to catch the main production on the pier since Me & My Girl in 2012.
I came to the show tonight (Tue 29th) and can honestly say I haven't enjoyed a production as much as this for a good, long time.
Claire, you're sensational and this was the perfect role for you. I'm proud to have been able to share this stage with you and I know you'll continue to be a leading light for years to come.
Amanda, your timing and comic nuances are second to none. Your portrayal of Mother Superior was sympathetic, powerful, hilarious and real.
The ladies of the chorus shone as nuns, and Serena's character was so upbeat and joyful I smiled every time she graced the stage. An excellent homage to the original portrayal in the movie.
Taking nothing away from the previous mentions, I have to congratulate Charlotte on an utterly faultless performance as Sister Mary Robert. I've never heard a purer voice in an amateur production and her acting was so natural and modest.
As soon as the curtain calls started, I had no choice but to get to my feet. Still covered in streamers, people around me put up with my incessant whistling and joined in with the most deserved full standing ovation I've ever seen in that theatre.
SUSAN DUPONT - NODA EAST DISTRICT 5 REP
Thank you very much for the invitation to see CSODS in their presentation of Sister Act, and what a sparkling and dynamic production we all enjoyed. Thank you for inviting NODA President Nick Lawrence, and I know that he enjoyed the show, meeting you all and talking to so many in quote "such a friendly group", and the sun shone on the pier for him!
Must comment on the technical side knowing how restricted the Pier Pavilion is, excellent and clever set and slick changes under Dave Myers, with lighting imaginative from Matt Cross, all to show off that very professional show under the leadership of Martin Rodwell, Mark Sharp (excellent orchestra again), and Carole Beatty, what a production team.
This show really worked because the casting was so good, Martin chose well and all worked hard but obviously enjoyed themselves. That huge Nuns' chorus and those named roles were absolutely terrific in vocal achievement and harmonies, in all those quick and deft and slick movements, and the costume changes, the outstanding energy levels and great fun throughout, these were the backbone and the vibrant 'feel' of this show.
In the opening nightclub scene, often almost underplayed, Andrea Wilson and Yvonne Kidd shone as Michelle and Tina and created a great team with Dolores in their numbers, showing their style.
Claire Reynolds Chandler was perfect casting as Dolores: professional, great voice for the part, stage presence and style, movement and the acting skills to interact with the other characters and personalities, this was a role made for her and she excelled.
In total contrast character and with calm and authority, yet relating to all others and problems, Amanda Howell as Mother Superior shone through all her scenes and interactions with a luminosity perfect in her understanding of the role, what great personalities these two ladies showed as they carried this show.
However one must not overlook the huge contribution played by the 'named nuns': the great energy and fun from Selina White as S.M.Patrick, the comedy touches and timing from slightly bad-tempered S.M.Lazarus of Carole Beatty, the wit and interruptions from S.M.Martin-of-Tours by Janet Hignett, and S.M.Theresa from Janet Nightingale, these all added so much to the comedy of the piece. And new-comer Charlotte Drewell as S.M. Robert just blew the stage with her voice and energy. The whole sequences with these nuns just lifted this production to the heights of great amateur theatre and how they showed their enjoyment of every moment.
On to the male side, with Peter Howell extracting every last blink and aside from his Monsignor, excellent rapport with Mother Superior, and how many changes of vestments did he achieve?
Nick Bird as Curtis gave his usual professional performance and enjoyed being the 'baddie' in charge of his gang. And his gang of TJ (Neil Robertson), Joey (Grahame Woodrow) and Pablo (Robin Taylor) had such fun in their roles, well developed, and their number 'Lady in Long Black Dress' gave the opportunity to really show their mettle.
Another newcomer, Paul James, just walked in and wanted to be Eddie, a great find, worked well with Dolores, and nice voice to watch for future shows.
The overall take-home feel of this show is great sparkling songs and movement, fun for all involved and this generated this feel-good feeling as we danced home along the pier. So pleased with your success in this happy show.
From 26th May until 2nd June we were proud to present Sister Act the feel-amazing musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that certainly had audiences jumping to their feet!
Featuring original music by Tony and 8-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty And The Beast, Little Shop Of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Musical.
When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in one place the cops are sure she won't be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood.
Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story, Sister Act will leave audiences breathless. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is reason to REJOICE!
Returning to the Director's chair for this production was Martin Rodwell who directed Calamity Jane for CSODS in 2016.