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Crowd favourite Sister Act is coming to the Cromer Pier next month

Sister Act is coming to Cromer Pier. Picture: Steven Burbidge

Sister Act is coming to Cromer Pier. Picture: Steven Burbidge

Steven Burbidge

Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society (CSODS) are in the final stages of preparing for their main musical show on Cromer Pier and this year they are presenting Sister Act.

Sister Act is coming to Cromer Pier. Picture: Steven BurbidgeSister Act is coming to Cromer Pier. Picture: Steven Burbidge

When disco diva wannabe Deloris Van Cartier sees her gangster boyfriend Curtis 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.

Sister Act is coming to Cromer Pier. Picture: Steven BurbidgeSister Act is coming to Cromer Pier. Picture: Steven Burbidge

Claire Chandler is playing the part of Deloris, the role made famous by Whoopi Goldburg in the 1992 movie.

After studying music and drama at Redroofs Theatre School in Maidenhead and later at RADA in London Claire went on to work on a professional basis for many years.

Eventually settling down in Overstrand, where she now lives with Husband Will and ten-year-old son Jude, she became a Director of the family business, Ivy Farm Holiday Park, where she is still an active member of the team!

Claire has enjoyed playing various roles since joining CSODS over the years including Nancy in Oliver, Conchita in Copacabana, Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes, Kate in Kiss ME Kate and Dolly in Hello Dolly to name a few.

Sister Act is coming to Cromer Pier. Picture: Steven BurbidgeSister Act is coming to Cromer Pier. Picture: Steven Burbidge

In January 2017 Claire made her debut performance at Norwich Theatre Royal playing the part of Alex in the Witches of Eastwick.

In her 50th year, Claire is very excited to be performing again with her friends in CSODS!

For Paul James it’s his first show with CSODS and he is delighted to be playing the role of Sweaty Eddie.

After holidaying in Cromer for over 20 years, an opportunity arose for Paul and his wife and son to move to Cromer in 2016. Since then they have not looked back and feel more at home in Cromer than anywhere else they have lived, having made lovely new friends.

Paul was over the moon to be cast as ‘Sweaty Eddie’ in his first ever musical and said “it was like winning the lottery for the chance to perform with CSODS on Cromer Pier and to sing such a wonderful song.”

Previous to Sister Act Paul has not performed on a stage since his school productions.

This year’s show is directed by Martin Rodwell.

Martin joined the society way back in 1980 at the young age of 13, playing the role of Artful Dodger in the production of “Oliver”, Martin continued with the society until 1984 when he moved to Norwich having secured a Chorale scholarship at Norwich Cathedral choir as a counter tenor, whilst studying A levels he travelled to London weekly for training at the Guildhall to advance his singing.

After touring Germany, Sweden and 8 weeks in the USA with the Cathedral Choir, Martin returned to the society in 2005 for Camelot and hasn’t looked back, immersing himself in the society, playing lead roles on Cromer pier and in plays at Sheringham little theatre.

Martin said: “This is a fabulous show, incredibly invigorating, but let’s be under no illusion, to put on a famous west end show on Cromer pier is a daunting responsibility and one I don’t take lightly. But with a hugely talented and committed cast, I am immensely proud to be Director of this massive musical.”

“I love this show, everything about it is exactly how musicals should be, toe tapping, big laughs, big ballads and a finale with the best feel good factor, so enjoy the show and spread the gospel to the masses to come see Sister Act.”

CSODS would like to thank Cromer Social Club for providing the venue for the publicity photo shot.

CSODS Presents Sister Act at Cromer Pavilion Theatre between Saturday 26th May to Saturday 2nd June with nightly performances at 7.30pm (excluding Sunday and Monday) and matinees at 2.30pm on Sunday 27th, Monday 28th and Saturday 2nd June. Tickets available by calling the box office on 01263 512495 or from www.cromerpier.co.uk.

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