Woodley Light Operatic Society
Sister Act
10th to 13th June 2020
The Kenton Theatre, Henley-on-Thames
Director
Karen Bird
Musical Director
Patrick Naylor
Choreographer
Laura-Anne Putterford
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Tue 7 January 20207:30 - 10:00Preview evening with singing and read-throughEveryone interested in the show
Thu 9 January 20207:30 - 10:00Character workshopAnyone considering auditioning for a part
Tue 14 January 20207:30 - 10:00Company singing + Movement WorkshopFull Company
Thu 16 January 20207:30 - 10:00Audition prep + Dance WorkshopAnyone auditioning for a part
Tue 21 January 20207:30 - 10:00Company singing + AGMFull Company
Thu 23 January 20207:30 - 10:00Audition prep - Audition Slips in by tonight, please!Anyone who wants help with audition pieces
Tue 28 January 2020From 7:30Auditions and CastingAnyone auditioning + Everyone who wants to watch

The original film's locations of Reno and San Francisco have been changed to Philadelphia and the action now is set in the 1970s. When disco diva wannabe Deloris Van Cartier sees her gangster boyfriend Curtis Shank commit a murder at the grungy club where she's performing, she reports the crime to the police and is placed in the witness protection program. Disguised as a nun named Sister Mary Clarence, she is placed in the convent of the Holy Order of the Little Sisters of Our Mother of Perpetual Faith, where she finds herself up against the rigid Mother Superior. Deloris uses her singing talent to inspire the other nuns to create a more contemporary choir, and they become the hit of the community. Word of their success reaches Curtis and his mob, who arrive on the scene to settle their score with Deloris and find themselves battling not only her, but a gang of feisty nuns and the Mother Superior as well.

This fun show has excellent acting and singing parts for both men and women!!!!

Please note all ages are an approximate guideline. All characters require a slight American accent, except Monsignor O'Hara who could be Irish.
DELORIS VAN CARTIER
Age 25-35. Singing part-Range: Mezzo, E3 to F#5 Must be able to dance well, with excellent (star-quality) lead vocals.
An aspiring performer and diva, trying to find both fame and a place in the world. When forced to hide in the convent, she initially refuses to accept her new lifestyle but learns to embrace it when she works with the choir. Loud-mouthed, larger than life, strong willed, feisty, and sassy, but ultimately caring. Great comic timing.
MOTHER SUPERIOR
Age 40+. Singing part-Range: Alto, D3 to E5 Lead singing role demanding of strong characterization throughout.
The head of the convent, sarcastic, firm, fair, dignified, haughty but ladylike and a bit stiff. Set in her ways and a stickler for rules and routine and very set in her ways. Extremely protective about keeping her sisters away from the outside world, which puts her in direct opposition to Deloris and her musical teachings.
SISTER MARY ROBERT
Age 18-25. Singing part-Range: Soprano (with belt), F#3 to A5 Good movement required. Lead singing role with wide range of vocal style on her 'journey'.
A postulant abandoned as a baby and raised at the convent. Shy, young, innocent, timid, quiet and soft-spoken, but singing with Deloris lets her find her voice. Her repressed lifestyle has made her live a shell of a life.
SISTER MARY PATRICK
Age 25-50. Singing part-Range: Mezzo, G3 to E6 Good movement required
A consistently perky, jolly, enthusiastic and easily excited nun. She has a larger than life character and enjoys every moment of life especially food. She is large, bubbly, innocent, naïve, over the top but everybody's friend.
SISTER MARY LAZARUS
Age 50-70. Singing part-Range: Alto, F3 to B4 Needs to move quite well and rhythmic singing/rap.
An older nun and head of the choir with a heart of gold. Rather deadpan and the least welcoming of any of the nuns, but she gets caught up in Deloris's soul music. Takes everything in her stride but is crabby, snappy and grumpy.
SISTER MARY MARTIN-OF-TOURS
Age 40-70. Sings in the choir Movement required
A nun who has clearly lost her marbles and is in a world of her own. She does have a few moments of surprising clarity.
SISTER MOTHER THERESA
Age 60-70. Sings in the choir Movement required
The oldest nun, decrepit at a glance, but secretly packs a punch.
TINA
Age 20-30. Singing part-Range: Soprano, Ab3 to F5 Excellent vocals and dancing required.
One of Deloris's backing singers. A little thick and naïve. Only in first scene so could play another part.
MICHELLE
Age 20-30. Singing part-Range: Soprano, Bb3 to F5 Excellent vocals and dancing required.
One of Deloris's backing singers. Lippy and always quick with a retort. Only in first scene so could play another part.
MONSIGNOR O'HARA
Age 50-70. Sings with company.
A gentle, kind man who is open to the new world and understands the church needs to move with the times. Even though he is constantly concerned with financial matters he is bright and positive, friendly and good natured. He is a bored and uninspired preacher until he becomes more confident and more like a Las Vegas compere.
CURTIS
Age 30-40. Singing part-Range: Baritone, A2 to Ab4 (F4 optional) Lead, stylish vocals and minimal movement required.
A club owner, notorious very dangerous gangster, and Deloris's boyfriend. Cocky, smooth, calculating, confident, chilled, untouchable and controlling, always on the verge of violence.
TJ
Age 18-25. Singing part-Range: Tenor (with falsetto), Db3 to Eb5 Good vocals and movement required. (Don't panic! Extra coaching and/or work-arounds offered for the falsetto range if needed.)
Curtis's nephew and one of his thugs. Young, dumb and constantly in a state of ignorant bliss. Childlike and finds humour in everything.
JOEY
Age 30-50. Singing part-Range: Baritone (with falsetto), Bb2 to Eb5 Good vocals and movement required. (Don't panic! Extra coaching and/or work-arounds offered for the falsetto range if needed.)
One of Curtis's thugs. Gentle giant eager to please but not naturally capable of being dangerous. Does what he is told. Believes himself to be a ladies' man.
PABLO
Age 25-50. Singing part- Range: Countertenor (or Tenor with falsetto), C4 to F5 Good vocals and movement required. (Don't panic! Extra coaching and/or work-arounds offered for the falsetto range if needed.)
One of Curtis's thugs. A natural follower constantly speaks in Spanish. He is the toughest of the gangsters, quiet, moody but thinks he is a love god.
ERNIE
Age 25-50. Non-singing part.
One of Curtis's thugs. Initially thought to be a mindless yes-man, he turns out to be an undercover police informant. Only in first three scenes so could play another part.
EDDIE SOUTHER
Age 25-35. Singing part-Range: Tenor, Ab2 to B4 Good lead vocals and movement required.
The desk chief at the Philadelphia police station and a high school classmate of Deloris who helps get her into hiding. Faces a lot of nerves when under pressure, causing him to sweat profusely, hence his nickname Sweaty Eddie. He still yearns for Deloris after all these years, and dreams of being her hero. He is a good cop despite being downtrodden but sweet natured.
THE FOLLOWING WILL BE CAST OFF THE BACK OF AUDITIONS OR DURING EARLY REHEARSALS:
  • Nuns choir, all ages (all need to sing and move.)
  • Cop
  • Bar Staff and Waitress
  • The Pope
  • Drag Queen
  • Cab Driver
  • Fantasy Dancers (must be able to dance)
  • Hookers x 3 (must be able to dance)
Deloris van Cartier Mezzo: E3 to F#5
1. Take Me To Heaven bb 19-61: "I've been thinking" to "Just take me now." - [Download accompaniment]
17. Sister Act bb1-41: <start> to "terrific sister act." - [Download accompaniment]
Mother Superior Alto: D3 to E5
4. Here Within These Walls bb1-40: <Start> to "this life's now yours." - [Download accompaniment] - [With melody]
Sister Mary Robert Soprano (with belt): F#3 to A5
15. The Life I Never Led
Skip verse 2 "I've never gone surfing" to "life I never led."
Skip dialog "Baby you gotta do it" to "Enjoy those boots, little sister." - [Download accompaniment] - [With melody]
Sister Mary Patrick Mezzo, G3 to E6
11. Sunday Morning Fever bb79-90: "Girls and boys," to "double jointed!" - [Download accompaniment] - [With melody]
9. Take Me to Heaven (Nuns Choir): bb39-80 "I've been thinkin' about" to "take any vow"
(sing alto part labelled 'A'and 'U'). - [Download accompaniment] - [With melody]
Sister Mary Lazarus Alto: F3 to B4
9. Take Me to Heaven (Nuns Choir): bb39-80 "I've been thinkin' about" to "take any vow"
(sing bass part labelled 'B'and 'L'). - [Download accomaniment] - [With melody]
11. Sunday Morning Fever bb119-131: "A hip, hop," to "orgasmatron!" - [Download accompaniment]
Tina Ab3 to F5
1. Take Me To Heaven bb27-66 - [Download accompaniment] - [With melody]
Michelle Bb3 to F5
1. Take Me To Heaven bb27-66 - [Download accompaniment] - [With melody]
Curtis Jackson Baritone: A2 to Ab4 (F4 optional)
6. When I Find My Baby bb8-43 <start> to "Ain't lettin' her go!" - [Download accompaniment] - [With melody]
Eddie Souther Tenor: Ab2 to B4
7. I Could Be That Guy bb1-55 <start> to "that guy for her." - [Download accompaniment] - [With melody]
Joey Bb2 to Eb5
12. Lady in the Long Black Dress bb9-25 "Picture you" to "master of romance." - [Download accompaniment] - [With melody]
TJ Db3 to Eb5
12. Lady in the Long Black Dress bb33-49 "Loosen up" to "missionary of romance." - [Download accompaniment] - [With melody]
Pablo C4 to F5
12. Lady in the Long Black Dress bb65-81 "Soy amoroso!" to "Casanova for romance". - [Download accompaniment] - [With melody]
1 MICHELLE
TINA
CURTIS
TJ
ERNIE
JOEY
PABLO
DELORIS
PAGE 3 Curtis" Okay, okay, okay, okay!"
PAGE 7 Deloris "No. Not this time."
2 CURTIS
TJ
PABLO
JOEY
ERNIE
PAGE 11 Ernie "So where to boss?"
PAGE 12 Curtis "Huh. Well guess I just gotta go with my gut."
3 DELORIS
EDDIE
COP
HOOKER (1 LINE)
PAGE 15 Deloris "Help me! I just saw somebody kill somebody!"
PAGE 18 Deloris "Well, ain't this my lucky day. Got a man who wants to kill me and a cop without a gun. Goody goody"
4 MOTHER SUPERIOR
MONSIGNOR O'HARA
DELORIS (1 LINE)
PAGE 19 Mother Superior "Off to Christmas mass we go, sisters. And remember, God loves us when we sing. Even like that"
PAGE 20 Mother Superior "Perhaps the choir of angels drowned me out and you didn't hear me Lord. Faith...modesty..."
5 MOTHER SUPERIOR
DELORIS
PAGE 22 Deloris "Well"
PAGE 24 Mother Superior "The material world has no value here. This is a different world you enter now. Behind these walls we live a life of adoration and grace."
6 DELORIS
MOTHER SUPERIOR
SISTER MARY ROBERT
SISTER MARY PATRICK
SISTER MARY THERESA
SISTER MARY LAZARUS
SISTER MARY MARTIN-OF-TOURS
PAGE 27 Mary Patrick "Christmas Day. I don't know about you, but I'm feeling real joyful. And triumphant"
PAGE 29 Mary Patrick "Sister Mary Clarence, my name is Mary Patrick - I just want to say welcome to Queen of Angels. And I was wondering if you would lead us in prayer?"
7 MOTHER SUPERIOR
MONSIGNOR O'HARA
PAGE 73 Mother Superior "You are ruining the church"
PAGE 74 Monsignor O'Hara "Oh, no. I do hope she can stay. I adore this music, Reverend Mother. Sister Mary Clarence is a Godsend. You are a visionary."
8 DELORIS
SISTER MARY ROBERT
PAGE 97 Mary Robert "Deloris?"
PAGE 99 Mary Robert "Take it anyway. You might need some extra help." (SKIP SONG)