Smithills School – Hallelujah!


Bolton was blessed by students from Smithills School presenting their “divine” production of Sister Act JR. on Monday 15th, Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th November. The musical tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a high-spirited aspiring singer, who witnesses a murder and is forced to enter the Queen of Angels convent under witness protection.

Drew Cohen, president and Chief Executive Officer of Music Theatre International states, “'Raise your voice’ is the beautiful, central message of this musical about a wilful songstress who finds grace and fulfilment in the place she least expects it. It is only when Deloris takes sanctuary that she finds her place in the world; through the framework of this musical these students show how each of us can find our own unique way to express ourselves”.


Smithills School presented Sister Act JR. to the public on Monday 15th, Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th November in Smithills School main hall.


Based on the hit film of the same name, Sister Act JR. features a music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, a book by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner, and additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane. The show opened on the West End in 2009, and a revised adaptation opened on Broadway in 2011 which received multiple Tony nominations, including “Best Musical.”

Though Deloris Van Cartier is forced into the convent under witness protection, she quickly finds her place in the women’s choir. While Deloris does not share the faith and modesty of her fellow nuns, her newfound community of sisters offers her friendship and fellowship, and, in turn, Deloris teaches each woman how to raise her voice in beautiful praise. The choir’s new sound proves a big draw, attracting new worshippers at church services, sorely-needed donations, and community attention.

Sister Act JR. is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized materials are supplied by Music Theatre International 423 West 55th Street, New York, NY 10019, 212-541-4684, mtishows.com.

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