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We are pleased to announce that our musical for 2019 will be-

The dates for this show will be Tuesday 1st October to Saturday 5th October 2019.


There will be a music rehearsal with John on Monday 1st April at 7.30pm.

The auditions for Ladies chorus and principals will be on Sunday 28th April at 7pm

The auditions for Men chorus & principals will be on Monday 29th April at 7.30pm

Please note that for this show we will be auditioning for the chorus ensemble.








(take note of comments about auditions to be made at launch night)



Broadway version (Note – we are not presenting the London version)

 Act 1

On Christmas Eve, Deloris Van Cartier is performing for her gangster boyfriend Curtis Jackson in the night club he owns (“Take Me to Heaven”). Deloris is overjoyed as she believes her boyfriend is going to introduce her to a record producer on that day, although she soon learns that this is not to be. Jackson tells her he cannot join her for Christmas Day, but gives her a coat, which she discovers belonged to his wife. Hurt and frustrated, Deloris goes to her backup singers Michelle and Tina, about her dreams of stardom and fame (“Fabulous, Baby!”). She decides to break up with Jackson and head out of Philadelphia to go fulfill her dreams on her own. However she gets to Jackson just in time to see him and his crew – made up of daft and child-like nephew TJ, suave second-in-command Joey, and Spanish speaking Pablo – shoot one of his members who they believe has “squealed” about them to the cops.

Horrified, Deloris runs away and Jackson orders his men to get her and bring her back. Deloris runs to a police station and tells the desk chief, Eddie, about what happened. The two recognise each other as old friends from school with Deloris calling him “Sweaty Eddie”. Eddie decides that Deloris needs to go into the witness protection program and sends her to the place he believes Jackson will never find her – a convent.

Deloris is disappointed by this idea as she learns from the Mother Superior that contact with the outside world is limited, and that she cannot smoke, drink, or wear any of her less than appropriate clothing (“Here Within These Walls”). Deloris joins the other nuns for dinner, is introduced as Sister Mary Clarence, and after several comedic interactions with the overly perky Sister Mary Patrick, Deloris discovers just how much is limited when she is a nun (“It’s Good to Be A Nun”). Deloris asks them about what they’re missing, and Mother Superior makes Deloris go on a fast.

Meanwhile, back in his nightclub, Jackson is frustrated that he cannot find Deloris anywhere. He tells Joey, TJ, and Pablo how he will not stop until he finds and kills Deloris (“When I Find My Baby”). Back at the convent Deloris is hungry from the fast. She goes across the street to a slinky bar, and is followed by Sister Mary Patrick and Sister Mary Robert, a shy and quiet nun. When the two nuns arrive they see how fun things can be outside of the convent. However, Deloris recognises Joey, TJ, and Pablo entering the bar. Suddenly there is a fight in the bar after Joey, TJ and Pablo mistaken a drag queen for Deloris, giving Deloris, Sister Mary Patrick, and Sister Mary Robert a chance to escape.

Eddie and Mother Superior meet them back at the convent. Mother Superior confronts Deloris, telling her that she must conform to the life of the nuns. Eddie agrees, telling Deloris that Jackson has upped the price on her head, so she needs to be careful. Deloris storms back to the convent after being informed that she has to wake up at 5 a.m. and join the choir. Eddie, now alone with only the drunks and homeless on the street, sings of his desire to be cool, to let go, and impress Deloris (“I Could Be That Guy”).

The following morning Deloris attends the choir practice and realises how bad it is. Deloris offers to try teaching them, taking over from Sister Mary Lazarus, an older and crankier nun with a love for rapping. Deloris teaches the nuns how to sing in key and in time. She also manages to break the quiet and timid Sister Mary Robert out of her shell (“Raise Your Voice”). That Sunday, the choir perform an up-tempo hymn (“Take Me to Heaven (Reprise)”) which to the struggling church’s surprise brings in more people and more donations. Mother Superior, however, is horrified how the simple traditional choir she knew has changed and become modern.

Act 2

Mother Superior wants to get rid of Deloris, but Monsignor O’Hara tells her that the men who were planning to buy the church love the choir, and have given their money to improve and keep the church. Over the coming weeks, the choir has become incredibly successful and the money from donations has paid for the church to be remodelled and fixed (“Sunday Morning Fever”). Monsignor O’Hara has some terrific news: the choir has been asked to perform a special concert in front of the Pope. However, the newfound fame comes at a price.

Jackson and his goons spot Deloris with the choir on the television. Jackson orders his boys to get into the convent and bring Deloris to him. TJ, Joey, and Pablo discuss how they will do this (“Lady in the Long Black Dress”). Meanwhile, Mother Superior prays to God and asks why He has given her the challenge that is Deloris (“Haven’t Got A Prayer”). But, she soon gets a call from Eddie. Deloris is approached by the Nuns before they go to sleep, asking her to lead them praying for their show for the Pope, which is the following day (“Bless the Show”). Mother Superior arrives and tells Deloris that the court date for Jackson has moved up to the next day and she must leave immediately. The other nuns overhear and Deloris is forced to tell them the truth about who she really is and that she cannot perform with them. Deloris quickly runs off to get her things followed by Sister Mary Robert while the other nuns disappointedly go back to their rooms.

As Deloris prepares to leave, Sister Mary Robert begs to come with her, claiming that she has been inspired to become a stronger person and go after the things she wants (“The Life I Never Led”). Deloris tells her that she doesn’t need her to do that, and that she can do it all herself if she really wants to. Deloris runs from the convent and stays at Eddie’s house for the night. While there she initially is overjoyed that the following day she will testify against Jackson and his boys and then go back to pursuing the career she’s dreamed of (“Fabulous, Baby! (Reprise)”). But guilty for abandoning her sisters when they needed her, she reflects on her life and realises that the choices she is making will leave her with nothing but fame and money, and when the lights go out she will be alone. She decides to return to the convent and sing with her sisters (“Sister Act”).

Meanwhile, Jackson thinks up a new way to get into the convent (“When I Find My Baby (Reprise)”). Dressed as nuns, Jackson, Joey, TJ, and Pablo sneak into the convent; they find and chase Deloris. The Nuns see that, and they all prepare to protect Deloris. Mother Superior, however, is adamant that they stay and call the police, prompting an outburst from Sister Mary Robert who tells her that she won’t be quiet and take orders blindly anymore; that she is going to help Deloris (“The Life I Never Led (Reprise)”). The other nuns agree and all of them go running through the convent looking for Deloris.

It all comes down to a final confrontation in which Jackson, armed and dangerous, tells Deloris to get on her knees and beg for her life. However, all the sisters and nuns stand in front of her telling Jackson that he will have to go through them first (“Sister Act (Reprise)”). Jackson is about to start firing at the nuns when Eddie comes in and fights Jackson off. He arrests Jackson and his boys and Deloris and he share a kiss. Mother Superior and Deloris come to a truce and accept that perhaps they are not so different after all. The show ends with all the nuns and eventually the entire cast performing for the Pope (“Spread the Love Around”). The cast then perform “Raise Your Voice (Reprise)” as a curtain call.


 Deloris Van Cartier  (Age Range: 25 to 45 – or able to look so)

She is a larger than life Diva with a good character. Great comedy timing, excellent singing voice and good movement required. This is usually an African-American role but most amateur productions cast her white with only two minor script changes necessary. This is a really massive role and she is on for much of the time with multiple costume changes, and many musical numbers. Needs masses of stamina. Although she is very up front we see a softer side to her later in the show (with Eddie) and of course she ends up forming a close bond with the nuns.

Pp 23 (with M Superior) Pp 101/102 (with Eddie) Pp 15-17 (with Eddie) Pp 3/4/5 (with curtis)

Take me to Heaven (1) (bars 19-61)  Fabulous Baby (2) (Bars 1-69)  Sister Act (17) (Bars 1-61)

Mother Superior (age range 40 – 70 – or able to look so)

Firm but fair nun. Dignified. Protective of nuns. Dedicated her life to the church and is VERY set in her ways. Good vocals required. Minimal movement.

Pp 23 (with Deloris )  Pp 73/74 (with Mon O’Hara) Pp 19/20 (with Mon O’Hara)

Here within These Walls  (4)(bars 1-40)  I Haven’t Got a Prayer (13) (Bars 1-43 and 92 to end)

Sister Mary Robert (Age 18 – 30 or able to look so)

A young innocent postulant who has been repressed her whole life. Shy and quiet until Deloris brings out the best in her. Excellent vocal required and good movement. Has a big show stopping number later in the show that really makes this part  one to notice.

Pp 97-100 either side of song (with Deloris)

The Life I never led (15) (Bars 1-152)  Sunday Morning Fever (11) (Bars 142-153)

NOTE – with all the nuns (inc Mother superior and Mary Robert, they are all included in a number of scenes and at auditions I might gather all together and do these scenes in rotation, swapping people around.

Pp 27-29 (features Patrick/Lazarus/Robert/M of Tours/Theresa

Pp 56-58 (features Lazarus/Patrick/M of tours

Pp 91 (features Patrick/Robert/Theresa

Sister Mary Patrick (Age 25 – 50 or able to look so)

A naïve, fun, enthusiastic and jolly nun who has a larger than life character. She is known for enjoying every minute of life. Excellent vocals and good movement required

Take me to Heaven(9) (Bars 128-135)  Take me to Heaven (9) (Bars 13-24 and 39-84)

Sister Mary Lazarus (Age 50 – 70 or able to look so)

An older, crabby choir mistress nun. Snappy and very grumpy. However does have a heart of gold. Has to rap and move quiet well.

Take me to Heaven (9) (bars 139-144) Sunday Morning Fever (bars 119-131)

Sister Mary Martin of Tours (Age 50 – 70 or able to look so)

A sister in her own little world. She has well and truly lost her marbles.

Take me to Heaven (9) (Bars 13-24 and 39-84 choose alt/sop/bass)

Sister Mary Theresa (Age 70 – 90 or able to look so)

The oldest of all the nuns .

Take me to Heaven (9) (Bars 13-24 and 39-84 choose alt/sop/bass)

Michelle & Tina (Age 20 – 35 or able to look so)

Backing vocalists at Curtis Jacksons night club. Friends of Deloris. Excellent vocals and movement required as they open the show and have a couple of scenes with Deloris, before they can then spend the rest of the show as nuns !!

Pp 6-7 (with deloris)

Take me to Heaven (1) (Bars 54 to end – tina takes lower line)


 Sweaty Eddie (Age 25 – 45 or able to look so)

Sweet nervous policeman who is a bit clumsy. Dreams of being confident and brave. Despite his gentle exterior he knows how to handle Deloris and channel his inner “hunk” Good vocals and movement required.

Pp 15-17 (with deloris)  Pp 101-102 (with Deloris)

I could be that Guys (Bars 1-55)

 Curtis Jackson (Age 30 – 50 or able to look so)

Dangerous gangster and club owner. Smooth and calculating. Deloris is his mistress until she witnesses him committing murder. Then he is out for her life. Good vocals required. Minimal movement.

Pp 3-5 (with Deloris)

When I Find my Baby (bars 8-43)

 Joey  (Age 20-50 or able to look so)

One of Curtis’ thugs. Eager to please Curtis and be dangerous too but isn’t naturally capable of being dangerous. Good vocals required. Minimal movement.

Lady in Long Black Dress (12) Bars 9-25 and 50-60

 TJ (Age 18 – 30 or able to look so)

Curtis’ keen nephew and a new member of the gang. Young, dumb character. Good vocals required.

Lady in Long Black Dress (12) Bars 33-49

 Pablo (Age 20 – 50 or able to look so)

Another of Curtis’ thugs. Speaks mostly Spanish and if in English, then with a Spanish accent. Thinks he is a love god. Good vocals required.

Lady in Long Black Dress (12) bars 58-71

 NOTE – Curtis and the three thugs sing two songs in 4 part harmony in this show.

Same dialogue audition for all three is Pp 11-12 / 84-86 and 108 for all 3 (with curtis)

 Monsignor O’Hara (Age 50 -70 or able to look so)

Gentle, kind man who is open to the new world and understands that the church needs to move with the times. He is bored and an uninspired preacher until he becomes more confident and then as he is inspired by what Deloris achieves with the nuns and the church becomes more successful, he becomes more like a Las Vegas compere.

Pp 19-20 and 73-74 both with Mother Superior

Sing ensemble music audition.

 Ernie Small role early in show until he is killed by Curtis.

Cab Driver Small role later in show who is almost killed by Curtis until they are interrupted.

 Ensemble There are a number of small roles throughout the show  although the actual ensemble only appear in two scenes (the Bar scenes and the street scene backing Eddies number) . Early in the show there is a cop (with a few lines), in the bar there is a hooker. Bar patron, Waitress, Pool Player, Drag Queen. In the street scenes with Eddie there are homeless people. Later in show there is a news reader.

 Dancers There is a requirement for dancers backing one of Deloris numbers later in the show , (dressed in sequins and glitter – as fantasy dancers)  and they can be part of ensemble if required.

 NUNS ENSEMBLE – Take me to Heaven (9) bars 13-24 and 39-84 (choose sop/alto/bass)

plus Sunday Morning Fever (11) bars 166-187

 MALE/FEMALE ENSEMBLE – Sunday Morning Fever (11) bars 166-187

 We are as yet undecided if the ensemble will be separate from the nuns as regards the females. The nuns really do have a lot to do and a lot of songs and routines to learn. The show belongs to the nuns . While the men do not have as much to , the main male characters have good roles, especially the 4 gangsters who have 4 part harmony to achieve. The male ensemble have an easy time in this show and can play a selection of cameo roles to keep themselves busy.

 AUDITIONS  As always please do plan and prepare your audition. You do not have to learn it off by heart, but doing so will certainly stand you in good stead. However please do not come unprepared. Think about the character and how you want to move and sing. Try not to just stand there and sing as if in a concert and deliver lines static. Give a mini performance for us.

 REHEARSALS  The plan is that once the show is cast , John will have music rehearsals thought May and June and early July. THERE IS A LOT FOR THE NUNS TO LEARN . John may have 2 music rehearsals a week at times. I need to say that some of the female Nadmcs members are not known for their regular attendance at music rehearsals. For this show it is essential that you attend as many music rehearsals as you can because the nuns have so much part work to learn. I will start floor work in Mid July once the Toads show is out of the way (last week of Jun) . There will be a bit of a hiatus for my summer cruise (dates Aug 3rd to 19th) during which time Sara will stage a few numbers and there will be revision of what is set so far). I will try to avoid Fridays as previously and any sunday rehearsals will be principals. BUT I DO HAVE TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT THE NUNS HAVE SO MUCH WORK IN THIS SHOW THAT THE FEMALE PRINCIPALS AND THE NUNS (PRINCIPALS AND ENSEMBLE) WILL BE CALLED TO MOST REHEARSALS.



We are also pleased to announce that our Pantomime for 2020 will be-


This show will be staged during the week commencing Monday 6th January 2020

If you are interested in joining the production team for this show please e.mail –  team@nadmcs.org

For information about joining the Society see the NEW MEMBERS page.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels-Sept 2018

If you want to see some pictures and the NODA report of our  production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels then go to our previous shows page and click on that show.