University Centre Weston (UCW) has successfully staged its most ambitious ever production with a week-long run of performances of Sister Act at the Theatre Royal, Windsor.
Thousands of theatregoers saw the feel good musical, which is based on the 1992 blockbuster film of the same name, with the eight performances the culmination of months of hard work and rehearsals at UCW.
The entire cast and crew was made up of students and graduates from the Musical Theatre, Performing Arts and Professional and Commercial Dance degrees delivered at UCW in partnership with Bath Spa University.
With the booking of such a prestigious venue, the team had to hire in industry-standard sets, props and costumes, and worked with professional choreographer and dancer Joe Miller and director Ged Stephenson.
Sister Act tells the story of disco diva Deloris Van Cartier who, after witnessing a murder, goes into witness protection in a convent.
After initially clashing with an uptight Mother Superior, Deloris breathes new life in to the convent choir before coming up against a gang intent on revenge with the backing of her newfound sisterhood.
Dr Paul Phillips CBE, the Principal and Chief Executive of the Weston College Group, said: “The reviews of Sister Act and the feedback we’ve received says it all: this was a highly entertaining and energetic show produced to a professional standard.
“Everyone involved worked tirelessly to make this happen, and I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot more about these dedicated performers in the future.”
Sian Gentle-Green, age 21, who donned the habit to take on the lead role of Deloris, said: “This was a wonderful opportunity for us all to take part in a big and brilliant production and show off all of the creativity and talent coming out of UCW.
“It was such a pleasure to be part of Sister Act and I’ve learned so much and become a better performer because of it.”
Sylvia Lane, who produced Sister Act and oversees UCW’s Musical Theatre degrees, added: “Performing to the public is a massive part of what we do at UCW, so we’re used to everything that goes along with putting on shows.
“This was on a whole different scale, though, in terms of investment, logistics and making sure we were ready, so we’re absolutely thrilled that everything went so well.
“It’s a great show and our students and graduates were amazing; a huge well done to everyone involved.”