Cast and Creatives
Director - Kalini Kent has been involved in theatre for many years, undertaking many aspects of production (Director, Choreographer, Stage Manager, DSM, Set, Props, Sound, Wardrobe, Publicity) as well as performing Principal roles in plays and musicals for several Societies including: Rose in Stepping Out, Mrs Kay in Our Day Out, Margaret in Last Tango in Little Grimley (Wilmslow One Act Festival Winner), and many musicals. Her greatest passion is directing and producing, with a number of directing credits to her name with both adult and youth performers; 'Calendar Girls' (2 Best Production Nominations & Winner Adjudicator's Award for 'Best production of Calendar Girls ever seen', 'Pirates of Penzance', 'Fiddler On The Roof', 'Beauty And The Beast', 'Matilda The Musical' (First UK Performing Licence), 'Stepping Out', 'The Odyssey', 'The Ash Girl', 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe', Pantomimes and more. As Owner/Principal of the Helen O'Grady Drama Academy (for Stockport and East Cheshire), Kalini directs productions, teaches drama and runs bespoke workshops and theatre arts courses in schools as well as providing tuition for LAMDA & Speech/Drama festivals. In 2010 Kalini set up a 'not for profit' group CYGNETS which stages high quality Concerts and short courses. She is also a qualified Youth Coach, specialising in coaching parents, senior management teams and youth in the Education sector.
Musical Director - Ed Nurse is a talented Musical Director, Arranger and Accompanist who has been involved with many societies in and around the Manchester area. He is the resident MD at Salford Musical Theatre Company, where he has worked on productions such as 'Boogie Nights', 'Little Shop Of Horrors', 'Oliver!', 'Andy Capp' and an award-winning production of 'Carousel'. He is also involved with the annual charity event 'Showcase Manchester' as a Musical Director, Arranger and Keyboard Player. Other credits include 'Our House', '42nd Stree', 'Jekyll & Hyde', 'South Pacific', 'Kiss Me Kate', 'Beauty and the Beast' as well as several pantomimes and cabaret-style shows. He is delighted to be making his debut here at AWMTC on this fantastic Menken musical!
Choreographer - Alexandra Howarth graduated with BA honours in Education and Dance. She is now an Associate with the United Kingdom Alliance of Dance and runs her own dance school 'Dance Fever' here in Wilmslow. Recent acting credits include: Electra in 'Gypsy' (Altrincham Garrick) Cassie Ferguson in 'A Chorus Line' (for which she won Best Actress with NODA), Grace in 'Annie' (ECMTC) and recently Alex in 'The Witches of Eastwick' (ECMTC). Her choreography credits include 'Boogie Nights' (AWMTC) and 'The Wedding Singer' (WAODS) as well as being responsible for the choreography in various concerts and pantomimes across the region including Prestbury Youth Pantomime Association, The Wilmslow Green Room and most recently TEMPO. Alexandra has thoroughly enjoyed teaching nuns how to dance and she hopes you can all raise your voice to show your appreciation of their skills.
Nicky Mead (Deloris) is really looking forward to her first show with Alderley and Wilmslow playing the 'fabulous' part of Deloris. After recently appearing in Ghost the Musical at the Oldham Coliseum as Ode Mae Brown, to be playing another Whoopi Goldberg role is a great achievement for Nicky. Rehearsals have been fun and the cast and crew have been brilliant to work with. Nicky has appeared in musicals and plays with many other societies including Congress Players, Stockport, Mossley, Guide Bridge and Dunkinfield. Her favourite roles include Dolly Levi 'Hello Dolly' - for which she was nominated for a Best Actress Award last year with both NODA and the Manchester Musical Awards - Katisha 'Hot Mikado', Mrs Meers 'Thoroughly Modern Millie' and Nancy 'Oliver!' for all of which she has received awards or nominations as Best Supporting Actress over the last few years. Nicky hopes you all enjoy the show and remember 'It is Good to be a Nun'!
Lisa Kay (Mother Superior) is a virgin to Alderley and Wilmslow but, in her own words, has been around . Her first taste of theatre was pantomimes for Mossley AODS where she spent most of her youth playing character parts; her favourite being The Wicked Queen in Snow White. She was introduced to Musicals at 17 as a Nun in the Sound of Music. She now knows how flattering she looks in a habit! She has worked with many amazing shows, people and societies. Playing Garry Colman 'Avenue Q', Mrs Corney 'Oliver!', Shirley 'The Producers', Crystal 'Little Shop of Horrors', Sour Kangaroo 'Seussical' The Wardrobe 'Beauty and the Beast', Sadie 'Little Voice', Katisha 'The Hot Mikado', Marie Dindon 'La Cage Aux Folle' and The Killer Queen 'We Will Rock You' are a few of the highlights. She has appeared with Congress players, Middleton AODS, Hyde MS, Mossley AODS, Duckinfield AODS and Oswaldtwistle amongst others. Lisa has been lucky to perform in some original work too. She created the role of Polly Fielding in Witch Finder, the musical at Oldham Coliseum and performed at Guide Bridge in 'Where is Life?' by Martin Paul Roche. Lisa helps charities through the group Musical Friends. One of the charities they support is Reuben's retreat, please feel free to visit their site www.reubensretreat.org.
Grace Stubbs (Sister Mary Robert) This is Grace's second show with AWMTC, having appeared in 'Singin in the Rain' in 2013. She was previously a member of TEMPO for seven years, most recently playing Fantine in their production of 'Les Miserables'. Grace has just finished two years of Musical Theatre training at Pendleton College and hopes to audition for drama schools in London in the future. Grace is really excited to be playing Sister Mary Robert and hopes you enjoy the show as much as we do.
Heidi Cook (Sister Mary Patrick) is thrilled to be performing in her first show with Alderley and Wilmslow Musical Theatre Company. The part of Sister Mary Patrick is the perfect addition to her portfolio of lead roles in amateur theatre. She has also directed and choreographed a number of productions. Heidi says rehearsals have been an absolute blast, and she has made many new friends for life. As a result she feels 'truly blessed' to be part of one 'terrific Sister Act'.
Alexandra Severn (Sister Mary Lazarus). After a four-year hiatus, Alex is back treading the boards in her first production with AWMTC, having previously played principal roles in 'Our House', 'West Side Story' and 'Oklahoma!' This time she takes on the cantankerous choir mistress Sister Mary Lazarus; firm but fair, she rules the music room with an iron fist whilst being deliciously deadpan and fiercely loyal. Alex has enjoyed playing a character some 50 years her senior and has especially relished having an excuse to be grumpy at rehearsals - method acting. By day, Alex works in Marketing for a luxury tour operator.
Helen Mulroy (Sister Mary Theresa) is delighted to be 'back in the habit' for AWMTC. As a teenager in Staffordshire Operatic Societies she played roles such as July 'Annie' and Chava 'Fiddler on the Roof'; her claim to fame is that a young Robbie Williams was the Fiddler! Helen was both Frau Schmidt and a singing nun in 'The Sound of Music' last year and couldn't wait to don a habit again. In her spare time Helen sings at Wilmslow Guild on Friday mornings and is a member of the Hallé Academy + and is hoping one day she'll be able to sing alongside her daughters at the Bridgewater Hall, as they also now sing in Hallé Ensembles.
Helen Lawrence (Mary Martin of Tours) was born in Leeds where she performed in dance shows, pantomimes, musicals and plays from the age of four until going to study Theatre and Performance Studies at Hull University. In 2005 Helen was selected to perform at the National Student Drama Festival in the devised piece 'You have 10 Minutes'. She also runs drama workshops for a variety of drama groups and clubs. Helen's theatre credits include: 'Oliver!', 'Honk Jr', 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead', 'Dahling, You were marvellous!', 'Live and Let Live', '4:48 Psychosis', 'Calamity Jane', 'Archie and Mehitabel', 'Cabaret', 'Godspell', 'Crow', 'Great Expectations', 'Carousel', 'Barnum', 'Wizard of Oz' and nearly every pantomime title in existence!
Alison Brander (Michelle) is playing the part of Michelle and also dressing up as a nun for the second year running! She has sung at many venues including The Lowry, Manchester's Palace Theatre and the RNCM. Alison is a Rock Choir soloist and performed the role of Cosette at Concordia with cast members from the West End production of 'Les Miserables'. She won the Association of Community Theatre Award for the Most Accomplished Actress in a Musical for her role as Debs in 'Boogie Nights' with AWMTC in 2012. Her day job is at a local animal sanctuary where she has been known to sing to the animals as part of their rehabilitation!
Abigail Denneny (Tina) is extremely excited to be taking part in her first production with AWMTC. No stranger to the stage, she has performed at the Palace Theatre, RNCM and The Bridgewater Hall and most recently as Greta in 'The Witches of Eastwick' at Altrincham Garrick Theatre. For the last year she has also volunteered at The Lowry Theatre in the Front of House team. When not rehearsing, you are most likely find Abigail practising her yoga skills or spending time with her family and friends.
Sid Smith (Eddie) is making his debut this year with Alderley and Wilmslow. A seasoned performer, his most recent roles include Clyde in 'The Witches of Eastwick' and Simon Zeleotes in 'Jesus Chris Superstar'. He also plays the comedy by role in pantomimes on a regular basis. Sid says he is really looking forward to 'Sister Act' as this is a really talented group and it's been a honour working with them and to be part of such a fantastic show.
Bradley Snelling (Curtis) This is Brad's second appearance with Alderley and Wilmslow; last year he was a Nazi, this year he is a gangster! He co-founded WinterFest in Macclesfield which has run for the past four years, created the UK's first 80's music festival 'Retrofest' in 2007 and was once Manager of 80's pop band Kajagoogoo. Brad sings in a band, writes music and loves musical theatre. He lives and works in Macclesfield spending half the year looking after his daughter Amelie and the other half drinking too much. Probably!
Peter Garsden (Monsignor) has been acting and singing for over 40 years, formerly for Chads in Cheadle Hulme but more recently in several musicals and pantomimes for the Macclesfield Majestic Theatre Company. He has played Sam Silva in 'Copacabana', Mr Bumble in 'Oliver!' and Mr Mushnik in 'Little Shop of Horrors' as well as the Dame in 'Ali Baba'. Two years ago Peter appeared as the photographer in 'Calendar Girls' for Bollington Players. Peter says he enjoys being the Monsignor surrounded by so many Nuns, particularly as there is no dancing involved. In 'real life' he runs his own Solicitors practice in Cheadle Hulme, specialising in Child Abuse cases.
Alec Morrell (TJ) is excited to be making his debut with Alderley and Wilmslow. He has previously played Ren in his college production of 'Footloose' and the Vicar in Macclesfield Majesticâ€ââ€Å¾¢s 'Witches of Eastwick' as well as appearing in various other Musicals and pantomimes; most recently as the baddie which he thoroughly enjoyed! In his day job he works at Aldi in Macclesfield and his spare time is spent reading comic books and playing Ultimate Frisbee.
Dominic Dunne (Joey) started in Musical Theatre in 2010 when he played Buggins in 'Half a Sixpence', for which he was nominated as Best Newcomer with Manchester Musical Awards. Since then he has played Deuteronomy in 'Cats' and Peter in 'Jesus Christ Superstar' with Mossley AODS. He has also played Mark in 'Rent' with PAP Production (which garnered him a second nomination with the Manchester Musical Awards, this time for Best All Round Performance), Horton in 'Seussical' at the Manchester Opera House and Willie Lopez in 'Ghost' with Ashton Society. He is thrilled to be playing Joey in Sister Act.
Ben Gleave (Pablo). This is Ben's first show with Alderley and Wilmslow; he has previously only taken part in 'Oliver!' at his school. He really enjoyed the experience and is excited to taking part in 'Sister Act'. He is currently preparing for his 'A' levels studying Economics, Maths and Chemistry. We aren't sure if these subjects will further his amateur dramatic skills or aid him in playing his role of Pablo but Ben says that you won't be disappointed! He has also insisted on wearing skinny jeans to every rehearsal to ensure he hits those high notes!
John Mulroy (Ernie) has had an unusual route to the stage. He began a few years ago when he performed in several ice skating shows, including as a shark in a 'Little Mermaid' skating with a 6 foot shark on his back was an unforgettable experience! After that, he played several roles as an extra in Ellen Kent's production of 'Carmen', and especially enjoyed being a Matador. He joined Alderley & Wilmslow last year for 'The Sound of Music', where he appeared as Franz the Butler. In Sister Act, John is enjoying playing multiple different characters, including the gangster Ernie.