Many of us have seen the film and re-watched it many times on TV, but Sister Act was performed like never before last week.
It was clear from the start that nothing beats a live show and Andover Musical Company (AMTC) Starlights Youth Theatre certainly proved that was true. Right from the start there was plenty of sass, with Amy Lloyd, taking on Whoppi Goldberg's role of Deloris Van Cartier, bursting onto stage with her confidence and big voice.
As a member of Hampshire Youth Choir the audience could definitely see why she was chosen for the show's leading role. Taking on Take Me To Heaven and Fabulous, Baby! was a tall order for the Testbourne Community School pupil, but one she rose to the challenge to complete in marvellous form. As the performance went on there was a lot of love, hate, fear and narrow-mindedness, but amongst this there was a lot of laughs, particularly from the male supporting cast members.
Obviously his accent was meant to make the audience chuckle, but Sebastian Baynes as Pablo resurrected yet another European accent after he last appeared in Legally Blonde as Nikos Argitakos.
Also creating the laughter was Jonathan Harrison-Walsh who played Joey, one of the notorious gangster and Deloris's boyfriend's Curtis's thugs, especially taking on Lady in the Long Black Dress.
As for those who made up much of the cast - the nuns - they were certainly full of enthusiasm and their voices combined were something else! Throughout the show their confidence grew and their voices boomed as they took on many a number. But for me the story that won my heart was that of Sister Mary Robert played by Aurelia Rungen, in her first lead role. As the character is written she begun as shy and soft-spoken, but singing with Deloris lets her find her voice, and boy did she.
In act two Sister Mary Robert came out of her wallflower lifestyle to take on the big song of The Life I Never Led which showcased her wonderful voice like we hadn't heard before.
All in all it was definitely an uplifting show.
Sophie Day - Andover Advertiser
The fabulous cast of Sister Act have been busy taking part in the Mayor's Picnic and Andover Carnival. Hosting a stand with lots of fun Nun games, placing Third with their walking entry for the parade and wow-ing the crowds with performances from their upcoming production of Sister Act.
It's a show not to be missed!
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After holding our pre-audition rehearsals and auditioning for the principle roles in our next show, we are delighted to announce the cast for our next production of Evita which will be performed at The Lights, from 13th - 16th November.
A huge thank you and well done to everyone who auditioned. You made the job of selecting a cast very difficult and gave the audition panel a great deal to discuss!
Our cast is as follows;
Eva Perón - Jane Hindley
Che Guevara - Jonathan Baron
Juan Perón - David Hall
Mistress - Laura Budd
Magaldi - Paul Marsh
This promises to be a great show and we will keep you updated on the progress as we begin rehearsals. In the meantime, if you would like to get involved with our show in any capacity, please contact us on email@example.com
The countdown is on for Legally Blonde, on stage at The Lights 7-10 November 2018
Cast and crew are polishing performances as the prepare to bring this lively and loveable show to Andover.
Based on the movie of the same name, this musical is a fantastic adaptation of the story and will have you rooting for Elle Woods as she overcomes the challenges thrown at her in her journey to find true love and justice at Harvard Law.
Tickets are on sale now at The Lights Box Office. You can book online or call 01264 368368
Yesterday we spent 3 hours in auditions for The Addams Family. Followed by 2 hours of deliberations by the panel. There were so many auditionees, at such a high standard, the panel really had their work cut out. A very well done to those that got the part the wanted, and commiserations to those that didn't. It's never easy picking and choosing between our members, our friends, but thankfully the panel process enables us to get a broad view of opinions and ensures fairness at all time. With this particular show it was a very difficult decision whittling it down, but we are very pleased with our final cast :
Gomez - Jonathan Baron
Morticia - Kizzy Romer-Lee
Fester - Ryan Boath
Grandma - Caroline Roper
Lurch - John Winchcombe
Mal - David Scanlan
Alice - Ann Sinclair
Lucas - Ollie Burgess
Wednesday - Louise Ellison
The parts of the Ancestors will be allocated later.
The opening night of The Witches of Eastwick went without any hitches, and the show was really well received by our audience.
As well as the conversations heard in the foyer after the show, there was loads of positive feedback on Facebook and Twitter.
The most common thread being how professional the show was.
Can't say better than that. We're thrilled and looking forward to the rest of the performances.
Tickets are still available from The Lights box office 01264 335463
If you haven't got your tickets yet for our The Witches of Eastwick....
what are you waiting for????
This really is one of the best modern musicals to have been released to amateurs in recent years. The music is fabulous and the storyline, while a little risqué in places, is very funny.
If you're not familiar with the storyline, please don't be put off, we promise you this production will be up to our usual standard, with some bold acting, powerful harmonies, toe-tapping chorus numbers, not to mention a cutting edge set-design, awesome lighting, and professional quality hair, make-up and costumes.
To book please call The Lights Box Office 01264 368368 NOW!
Andover Actor Wins Award!
Eddie Nias, a member of Andover Musical Theatre Company, has been presented with a Curtain Call Award by the Southern Daily Echo for ‘Best Actor in an Opera’ in recognition of his performance as The Major General in their 2013 production of The Pirates of Penzance.
Eddie was praised by the judges who described him as a director’s dream, superb as the manic Major-General. Although nominated under the Opera category, the version of The Pirates of Penzance performed was very much a modern musical and Director Carol Robinson was praised by for delivering a funny, fast-paced, visually attractive production, described as an ‘altogether faultless show’.
The Curtain Call Awards, known as the Oscars of the amateur theatre world, cover the whole of the Hampshire area, and the judges review hundreds of productions throughout the year, nominating the cream of the crop for the annual awards.
This is not the first time that Andover Musical Theatre Company have been recognized for their talent; they have previously been nominated for over ten different awards in the Best Actor in a Musical, Best Actress in a Musical, Best Scenery and Props and the most coveted award - Best Musical for their 2012 production of Jekyll & Hyde.
The company’s next production is the deliciously salacious musical The Witches of Eastwick on stage at The Lights 29th April – 3rd May.
Tickets are on sale now from the box office 01264 368368.
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