Footlights wants Sisters

Mar 25 2017 | By More

Open #EdFringe casting call for Sister Act

Edinburgh University Footlights will return to the Fringe this year, 2017, after a 20 year hiatus and has issued an open call for auditions for its production of Sister Act.

The production will run Monday 14 to Sunday 20 August in the Grand Theatre of theSpace @ Surgeons Hall. Auditions will be held at the Pleasance this coming Thursday 30 March to Saturday 1 April 2017, with callbacks on Sunday 2.

Based on the 1992 hit film of the same name, Sister Act is written by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner with additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane. It has a different music track to the movie, with original lyrics by Glenn Slater and original music by Alan Menken.

The story follows showgirl Deloris Van Cartier, who witnesses a brutal murder and is put in protective custody in a convent. Disguised as a nun, Deloris clashes with both the highly-strung Mother Superior and the newfound holy lifestyle imposed upon her until she finds her calling.

Tasked with inspiring the choir, Deloris revitalises both the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover and before long, her murderous ex-boyfriend and his gang are in pursuit. Intent on hunting her down, the mob find themselves up against Deloris and her formidable new Sisterhood.

Footlight say: “Featuring a wide variety of strong characters, from the shy and timid Mary Robert, through prim but caring Mother Superior, to flamboyant and fabulous Tina and Michelle, this musical has a part for everyone!


“The show’s leading men are equally diverse, including sweet, hopeless-romantic Eddie, a closet soul-diva Monsignor O’Hara and a gang of comedy mobsters intent on seducing the nuns.”

The production will be directed by Ansley Clark with choreography by Caili Crow and the co-musical directorship of Samuel Hogarth and Lauren Smith.

Weekly rehearsals will begin shortly after casting, running up until May. Rehearsals will recommence with an intensive period from Monday 3 July up until the show, which runs from 14 to 20 August, nightly at 4pm.

Auditions will consist of a 10-minute vocal session, (warm-ups; range test; a song of your choosing suitable to the show) and a 1-hour movement workshop. To request an audition slot, click on this link to sign up. A pdf download with suggested audition pieces for the various roles is available on this page:

Listings and links:

Sister Act Auditions
Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance, EH8 9TJ
Thursday 30 March – Saturday 1 April.
Thurs/Fri: 5.30pm – 11pm; Sat: 11am-11pm.
Auditions facebook event page:
Download audition materials and casting information here:

Sister Act
theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, Grand Theatre, Nicolson Street, EH8 9DW (Venue 53)
Monday 14 – Sunday 20 August 2017
Evenings: 4pm (6pm).

Click on the images below to purchase the vocal selections and soundtrack from Amazon:

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Character Profiles

Deloris Van Cartier (Alto/Mezzo): An aspiring disco diva, trying to find fame and a place in the world. Initially refuses to embrace the convent but learns to love it. Loud-mouthed, and sassy, quick on the quip but ultimately caring.

Eddie Souther (Tenor): Desk chief at the Philadelphia police station. A sweet guy who dreams of being confident, but faces a lot of nerves when under pressure.

Mother Superior (Alto with Mezzo capabilities): Head of the convent, sarcastic and a bit stiff. Frm but fair nun, very dignified and ladylike. Protective about keeping her sisters away from the outside world, which puts her in direct opposition to Deloris.

Sister Mary Lazarus (Alto): Head of the choir. Older, crabby, snappy and seemingly grumpy. Tough, with twice the energy of anyone half her age, nothing fazes this Sister..

Monsignor O’Hara (Baritone): One of the heads of the convent. A gentle, kind man who is a bored, uninspired
preacher. Constantly concerned with financial matters,

Sister Mary Patrick (Mezzo soprano): Upbeat, fun, filled with love and delight in God, food and friendship. Enjoys every minute of life. Larger-than-life character. perky, enthusiastic, and easily excitable.

Sister Mary Robert (Mezzo soprano): Young, innocent postulant, shy and quiet until Deloris brings her out. Her shy and soft spoken personality masks a huge, powerful singing voice.

Curtis Jackson (Tenor/Baritone): Club owner, notorious gangster, and Deloris’s boyfriend. Smooth and calculating. Cocky and controlling.

Other roles: Joey; TJ; Pablo; Tina; Michelle; Sister Mary Ther esa ;Sister Mary Martin-of-Tours ;Ensemble (Male & Female)


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