Deloris Van Cartier is a lounge singer, the lead in a trio. She chooses and arranges the music which she loves. Her boyfriend is Vince La Rocca, who owns the casino. However, she learns that he is a gangster when she witnesses him killing one of his employees. Deloris goes to the police as a witness, but finds out that Vince has put a contract out on her life. Lt Eddie Souther decides to hide her in St Katherine’s convent. She becomes a nun called Sister Mary Clarence, but she objects to following the strict vows and simple life and is always at odds with the Mother Superior.
Some of the nuns find out about her musical background and ask her to take over their awful choir. The choir changes, with gospel and rock replacing hymns and liturgy, and this in turn reaches out to the local community. The choir goes from strength to strength, risking Deloris’ anonymity.
You can see how the story develops and find out what happens to Deloris and the nuns when Swanage Musical Theatre Company present Sister Act at the Mowlem Theatre from 26 to 28 April. The show’s original music is by Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), Tony and Oscar winner.