Nuns in the Sister Act lark around before their performance in East Hoathly last night. Picture: Jim Holden.

Hats off to the Ubends who put on a great show last night

Hats off to the Ubends drama group who put on a great show in East Hoathly last night.

Sister Act, the musical, was high energy and fun with amazing chases around the parish church where the production was staged, writes Cathy Watson.

How did so many people move around so smoothly in such a small space: nuns, gangsters, and backstage crew?

There was a lot of furniture to be moved on and off stage – as well as the cast – between scenes and it was spirited away into tiny spaces.

There were clever costume changes too. I’m still wondering where policeman Sweaty Eddie’s white suit came from? And where did the sisters’ sparkly frontspieces come from as Deloris’ influence took hold?

Sister Act was well cast. Kate Horscraft as Deloris was perfectly brash and loud. She was a great foil to Kate Peckham’s Mother Superior, so much her opposite, calm and collected at the start but who was boogying around with the best of them at the end.

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The beaming face of Eddie played by Jon Borthwick. Picture: Jim Holden.

Jon Borthwick’s Eddie had a glorious face, beaming good naturedly through the show, and he had a lovely voice, as did the gangster Curtis, played by Kevin Stokes.

Last night was the first night of this show which will run until Saturday, when there is also a matinee. Every performance is sold out.

Congratulations to director and choreographer Collett Goodwin, producer Jane Baigent, conductor Martin Forward, musical director Marie Crawford, the whole cast, band and backstage crew. All did a great job.

My lasting memory will be the smiles, Eddie’s, Deloris’ and the lovely nuns. This is definitely a show with the feel-good factor.

• Interval drinks were served at The Foresters pub across the road from the church. They took pre-orders outside the church before the performance and all the drinks were waiting when the audience arrived.

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Deloris (Kate Horscraft) with fellow Ubends cast members from the Sister Act pictured in East Hoathly church. Picture: Jim Holden.

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