SISTER Action makes its debut with a run from August 3 to 19 at Reps Theatre.
The show is a Debbie Fleming presentation and is based on a story from the hit movie comedy Sister Act,
which starred Whoopi Goldberg. Several years ago Fleming found a musical score for the movie while in the USA and was motivated to do something with it, so she worked with Ireland-based director-actress Dawn Parkinson to get a script together, and Sister Action was born.
Now a hilarious comedy set to music, it is set to be a romping, roaring success with audiences in Harare. Fleming is directing the production and overseeing the choreography, with Meg Mackenzie as musical director and in charge of costumes, set direction by award-winning Colin Swinton and a bouncy cast made up of what Fleming describes as “some brilliant newcomers and some top tried and tested stage talent”.
Fleming and Swinton won Afdis awards of excellence for shows produced in 2005.
Performing in her first starring role is the bubbly Chiyedza Nyahuye, who won the Afdis Award of Excellence for best supporting actress of 2005 (Godspell), and who takes on the Whoopi Goldberg part of Dolores.
Also on stage are Meg Mackenzie, Ellena Kupusa Smith, Storm Evershed, Paula Blackburn, Rory Izzett, Betty Hobbs, Mavilee Goodall, Sindiso Mtetwa, Sebastian Brack, Roy Muchato, Shingirai Nyakabau, Vimbai Nyakabau, Malcolm Bethune, Carrie Harvey, Nisa Kerbelke, Sue Arkell, Adiona Maboreke, Anne Fischer, Linda Frampton, Nikki Webster, Colleen Hardy and Erich Holtze.
“It’s a cast that are fully enjoying every minute of rehearsals and who look set to rock audiences with music and mirth — not to mention a wild story line,” said Fleming.
Sister Action opened with a preview night on Wednesday and started running from yesterday. It is showing up to Saturday, August 19 (evening performances at 7pm). By popular demand the run includes four matinees — each of them at 2:30pm, on August 5, 6, 12 and 13.
There will be no shows on Mondays or on Tuesday August 15. Booking is now open at The Spotlight (open Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm and Saturday 9am to 12 noon, as well as one hour before each show. — Own Correspondent.