Hertford Dramatic & Operatic Society

Registered charity 271065


Auditions

We will shortly be holding auditions for productions shown below.


Sister Act

Directed by Malcolm Hollow
Musical Director: Keith Willis

Venue: Hertford Theatre
Performance dates: Wednesday 9th - Saturday 12th October 2019

When lively lounge singer Deloris Van Cartier sees her mobster boyfriend commit murder, she is relocated for her own protection; To a Convent in California! Set up in the guise of a nun, Deloris struggles to adapt to austere convent life and proceeds to upend the quiet lives of the resident sisters.

With powerful gospel music and a truly moving story, Sister Act provides wonderful opportunities for both men and women of all ages.

We are delighted to welcome back Malcolm Hollow as Director and Keith Willis as Musical Director.

Get-Togethers & Audition Rehearsals

Sunday, 19th May at 2pm - first get together
Monday, 20th May at 7.30pm - Audition rehearsal
Wednesday, 22nd May at 7.30pm - Audition rehearsal

Auditions

Friday, 24th May at 7.30pm - Auditions
Sunday, 26th May at 2pm - Auditions
Wednesday, 29th May - Audition recalls

Rehearsals

Monday, 3rd June - first rehearsal.
Thereafter rehearsals will be Mondays and Wednesdays with some Sundays in September.

Characters

Deloris Van Cartier (25-35)A strong & determined lady who wants to make something of herself as a cabaret singer. In the midst of an affair with nightclub owner Chris, she has a likeable, larger than life personality. The role demands a very strong singer and actress, with good comedy timing. Ideally to be played by a black actress.
Mother Superior (50+)Starts the show as a seemingly cold character and a bit of a ‘job’s worth’ not wanting any changes at the convent. Audience need to warm to her as the show progresses, at the end she is the first person who comes to Deloris’s aid. Requires a strong actress who can deliver a song.
Sister Mary Robert (18-35)A shy, sweet girl. She is quiet and reserved but throughout the show grows in both character and confidence. The actress cast as Mary Robert needs a strong voice that is ‘discovered’ during the show. A strong singer required, who can also move well. Solo numbers, who will also lead the nun’s chorus.
Sister Mary Patrick (30+ needs to be older than Mary Robert)A larger than life character who sees good in everyone and everything. Good Comedy timing is essential for this role, plus a strong voice. Solo singing, plus will also lead the nun’s chorus.
Sister Mary Lazarus (30+)The choir leader until Deloris arrives on the scene. A bit of a grumpy character, though once she gets to know Deloris, she is visibly seen to ‘thaw....a little!’ She must be able to Rap! Strong singer required, plus will also lead the nuns chorus.
Michelle (20+)She is a backing singer for Deloris at the beginning of the show and has to be able to hold a harmony line. A feisty character who can join the nuns chorus/dancers after the opening scenes.
Tina (20+)Also a backing singer for Deloris at the beginning of the show and like Michelle, she has to be able to hold a harmony line. Tina can also join the nuns chorus/dancers after the opening scenes.
Nun’s chorus (16-99! + a few named parts with a few lines)The Nun’s Chorus is what the show is all about - they feature in 7 numbers! Starting off rather staid (think ‘Sound of Music’) but growing in energy, rhythm and soul when Deloris takes up the choir baton. We need a group of nuns with strong ensemble voices who can hold harmony lines and move well. Each nun will need to develop their own character to create a believable community that is turned upside down with Deloris’s arrival.
Curtis (40+)The archetypal gang leader that stops at nothing to get what he wants, even if it includes murder! When he says jump, everyone says ‘how high?’. Requires a strong singer/actor.
Joey (30+)A member of Curtis’s gang. A smooth talker who thinks that all ladies will fall at his feet....even a nun! This is never more prevalent than in his song, a really soulful sound is needed ‘a la James Brown’.
Pablo (30+)Another of Curtis’s henchman of Spanish descent, so has to be able to sustain a Spanish accent throughout. Will also be required to speak and sing in Spanish.
Eddie (25-45)The policeman who is charged with protecting Deloris. Eddie has known Deloris since high school where he had a secret crush on her. He is a sort of ‘Mr Cellophane character’ (think ‘Chicago’) and is a little timid and shy, but he does eventually ‘get the girl’. Transforms (literally) in his big number and must be a strong singer. Dancing would be nice too!
Monsignor O’Hara (50+)The Mother Superior’s boss!! A grounded and likeable character who can see the benefits of Deloris’s stay at the convent. The actor cast in this role has to be quite ‘Hip’ who really gets ‘into’ the new style of music that Deloris brings to the church. Think of ‘dad dancing’ at a wedding!
TJ (20+)Curtis’s nephew, not the sharpest tool in the box! The actor cast in this role needs to have good comic timing and a soulful voice.

Other characters: Ernie, Cop, Drag Queen, Cab driver, Alter Boys, Waitress, Bar Patron, a couple of Hookers.

The ages given are 'playing ages' so can be flexible.

Audition pieces - music & dialogue auditions will be given out at the first get together.