Review: Sister Act, Co-op Juniors Theatre Company, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, to July 15

Mother Superior (Stephanie Brown) discovers that she has to hide nightclub singer Deloris (Venecia

Mother Superior (Stephanie Brown) discovers that she has to hide nightclub singer Deloris (Venecia Allen) in the Co-op Juniors Theatre Company's production of Sister Act. Photo: Mike Kwasniak - Credit: Archant

The cast will be rejoicing after a standing ovation from the cheering audience.

The convent nuns discover they're a TV sensation with their fundraising gospel music, but a TV appea

The convent nuns discover they're a TV sensation with their fundraising gospel music, but a TV appearance puts Deloris' life in danger in the Co-op Juniors Theatre Company's production of Sister Act. Photo: Mike Kwasniak - Credit: Archant

Not ones to shy away from a challenge, the multi-award winning musical - based on the classic Whoopi Goldberg film - was ambitious.

Nightclub singer Deloris van Cartier is forced to hide in a convent after witnessing her mob lover murder an informant in his crew; cue culture clashes and life lessons.

The show looked great, with the cast making great use of the clever revolving stage. Performance-wise, Stephanie Brown as Mother Superior and Peter Ling as Officer Eddie Souther stood out.

Sadly first night nerves and excitement got the better of some for me.

Funny lines felt forced, falling flat instead. This show, packed with great songs, lives or dies on the vocals and they weren’t quite tight enough.

Calmer come the second act, the show built to a particularly rousing finale and with the butterflies banished I know subsequent audiences will have cause to shout hallelujah. Go behind the scenes of the show here.