THE award-winning Richmond Operatic Society kicks off its 97th year with the Broadway musical comedy, Sister Act.

It will be performed on stage at the Georgian Theatre Royal from Wednesday, 22nd May 22 to Saturday, May 25.

The musical, based on the 1992 Oscar nominated film of the same name, follows Deloris, played by Gracie Wills, as she attempts to run from her murderous partner, Curtis, played by John Holliday. She is granted safe refuge in a convent. The nuns of the convent, led by the Mother Superior, portrayed by Gail Barlow, help to show Deloris that life is not just about wanting to be a star, but also about love and compassion.

The show is led by director/choreographer Jordan Hamilton. He said: "Sister Act is a glorious production. Richmond Operatic Society have been put through their paces with this show. It is their most ambitious show to date and promises to be a sell-out."

Supporting Jordan are musical duo, John and Jane Hunter. Mr Hunter said: "This is the most complex performance we have ever done – the singing harmonies alone are incredibly challenging and the orchestral score is demanding for all of our players, never mind that we have five musicians covering 14 different band parts. "It has been a joy to work on this production and we are very excited.’

Behind the scenes there is a very large team working to develop this show into something quite spectacular including Gary Winn, who is creating some very imaginative set for the production. He said: "With the size of the Georgian Theatre Royal stage, we have had to be creative – this will be a treat for audiences."

Richmond Operatic Society chairman John Holliday said: "Sister Act promises to be one of the best shows that we have ever produced. This show brings plenty of comedy and light hearted moments which juxtaposes moments of beautiful pathos."

Richmond Operatic Society are always on the lookout for new members. Come along to the rehearsal hall in Bargate to find out more, or follow on Facebook @richmondoperatics. Otherwise, if you would like to be part of the concert choir come along on Wednesday evenings from 7.30pm to learn more.

Tickets are available from The Georgian Theatre Royal Box Office in person, by calling 01748-825252 or via