Lauren gets into the habit of performing with a lead role

A former King Edward VI School (KEVI) musical theatre student is preparing to hit the heavenly heights as she takes on the lead role in an upcoming production of Sister Act, the Musical.

Morpeth girl Lauren Gordon will play Deloris Van Cartier in Newcastle Musical Theatre Company’s show, which is being staged at Newcastle Theatre Royal.

The former KEVI student starred in numerous productions at the school and enjoyed many lead roles, such as Sandy in Grease.

The 20-year-old will now follow in the footsteps of Whoopi Goldberg, who played the Sister Act part in the hit 1992 film.

Ms Gordon said: “It’s amazing to play the role, it’s so huge. It’s the biggest role I’ve ever done and to be able to do this on the biggest stage in Newcastle, it’s such an honour to play it.

“There was tough competition to get the role. I remember the day I walked in and there were a lot of girls wanting to play this part so it was hard to control the nerves.”

Ms Gordon hopes that in 2016 she will secure a place at Mountview Academy, a prestigious theatre school, to pursue an MA in Musical Theatre.

“This is something I’ve always wanted to do, but I’ve always wanted to teach so I’m in the balance for them both, but performing, for now, is what I want to do,” she said.

Starring alongside her is Simon Pinkney, from Widdrington, who will play her lover Sweaty Eddie.

He is up for a NODA award for his performance of Roddy in Boogie Nights and played a lead role in the company’s production of Grease.

The musical follows a similar storyline to the film, but with a few more twists and turns, and a re-imagined musical score by Disney composer Alan Menkin.

This feel-good musical tells the story of aspiring disco diva Deloris Van Cartier who, while trying to work her way to the top in 1970s Philadelphia, falls in love with a very tough and very married gangster boyfriend named Curtis.

However, when she witnesses him committing a murder, she ends up, on police orders, hiding in a convent whose parish has fallen on hard times.

Though the sequin-free lifestyle doesn’t agree with her, Deloris finds her calling by working with the nun’s choir and breathing new life into the dusty convent, at the same time, discovering a sisterhood she’s never experienced before.

The show runs from Tuesday, July 21 to Saturday, July 25.

For details see www.newcastletheatre.com and tickets are available from £10, at www.theatreroyal.co.uk