Reviewed by Sharon Mongey
It was my pleasure to attend the Grove Theatre on Friday night (26-27 May 2017) with my daughter to see the community performance of Sister Act presented by DAOS.
The Grove Theatre is situated in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, having found the theatre easily with parking at the rear with ample spaces. This was free as it was after 6pm.
We headed straight to the theatre but noted a Wetherspoons pub a very short distance away, this may be ideal if you wanted to have a meal if you planned on arriving early. The large foyer was very busy when we arrived with an excited atmosphere. We collected our tickets with ease and were given directions where to go. We stopped off at the bar for drinks, although we did not require any we noticed that they did sell snacks and sweets. It was very busy but staff worked well to serve all in the quickest time possible. The toilets at the Grove were clean, tidy and there were plenty of them.
We made our way into the auditorium where were met at the door by a pleasant usher who directed us to our seats, we were seated in the back of the stalls with a great view of the stage.
Sister Act tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, an aspiring singer looking for that big break who witnesses a murder, (committed by her boyfriend Curtis) after deciding to speak to the police she is put into protection in a nunnery. Deloris is played by Roxy Parkins an established performer, confident and charismatic on stage.
Deloris now named Sister Mary Clarence finds it hard to settle into the life of a nun. Mother Superior played by Barbara Morton (who I have to say was one of my favourites of the night is not keen on her being in the nunnery, but finds a place for her by making her the choir master. Here Sister Mary Clarence is in her element bringing to life the out of tune choir.
We were rocking in our seats throughout this amateur production and thoroughly enjoyed the show, to me Sister Mary Robert played by Kirsty Day, stole the show, her voice was amazing.
If I was to make one criticism it would be that the song ‘I will follow him’ was not featured. But all in all a great show.
If you get the chance to watch a DAOS performance I would strongly recommend it, these actors and actresses would not look out of place on the West End stage.
For other shows at the Grove Theatre in Dunstable visit www.grovetheatre.co.uk.
Grove Theatre, Grove Park, Court Drive, Dunstable, LU5 4GP | 01582 602080