If you are in Gozo during March, aside from being a delightful time to visit the sister island, did you know you can also catch some world-class theatre? Annually Teatru Astra put on a musical that delights tourists and locals alike.
For 2020, they proudly present its fifth consecutive live musical- Sister Act. Three performances have so far been announced on the 20th, 21st and 22nd March 2020.
A world class musical
Composed by Alan Menken, and lyrics by Glenn Slater, ‘Sister Act’ premiered in the Pasadena Playhouse, California in 2006, breaking records and becoming the highest ever grossing show at the venue. The musical was described as having “Broadway blockbuster written all over it,” by the Los Angeles Times, while The Hollywood Reporter noted that it was “hugely entertaining… likely to become a classic”. Following this success, in 2009’ Sister Act’ crossed the pond, and opened in London’s West End, at the London Palladium, with a stellar cast consisting of some of the UK’s most renowned stars. The show quickly became a roaring success.
What’s the story?
Based on the iconic movie, this dazzling tribute to the infinite power of friendship, sisterhood and music tells the side-splittingly funny tale of the disco diva Deloris Van Cartier. Her life takes a surprising twist when she witnesses her gangster boyfriend Curtis Shank, commit a murder in the dingy club where she’s performing. Deloris reports the crime to the police and is then placed in the witness protection program. Disguised as a nun named Sister Mary Clarence, she is placed in the convent of the Holy Order of the Little Sisters of Our Mother of Perpetual Faith, where she finds herself up against the rigid Mother Superior. Deloris uses her singing talent to inspire the other nuns to create a more contemporary choir, and they become the hit of the community. What happens when Curtis finds out? What about the stern Mother Superior? We won’t spill any more beans on this nail-biting plot, you will have to catch it for yourself!
‘Sister Act’ will be held in March 2020 at Teatru Astra, Victoria Gozo. Once more, Chris Gatt has been entrusted with the role of artistic director and will be leading the creative team, which will include Mro Sigmund Mifsud who will be conducting his fifth consecutive musical at the Astra, Mariella Spiteri Cefai as vocal director and Francesco Nicodeme as the choreographer. Featuring a fantastic soundtrack packed with plenty of soul and disco hits, Sister Act is most certainly the funniest and funkiest musical around, and what better place to go for a night at the theatre than in Gozo. Get ready to bop in your seat and catch a performance you will be talking about for months to come.
Make a weekend of it!
Xlendi bay in Gozo
There’s so much to absorb in Gozo; from dramatic coastlines, scenic bays, the glorious citadel and of course, the classic Gozitan Ftira (yum!). If you’re taking a family trip, the good news is that there’s also plenty of child- friendly activities to enjoy.
At present, tickets are available online but moving fast. So be sure to grab your tickets online at Ticketline.com.mt . The booking office can also be reached on 00356 79244048.