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Young actors gain exposure and network down south

Monique Clementson (Deloris), Annie Sherborne, and Rachael Scott (Sister Mary Patrick) at rehearsals for the ...

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Monique Clementson (Deloris), Annie Sherborne, and Rachael Scott (Sister Mary Patrick) at rehearsals for the Invercargill Musical Theatre show Sister Act.

Young performers are gaining exposure and touring the country for Sister Act the musical.

All but two cast members are from Southland, with Wellington-based actor Nick Purdie as policeman Eddie Souther, aka sweaty Eddie, and Christchurch-based actor Monique Clementson as leading lady, Deloris Van Cartier.

For a newbie in the industry, Clementson said the role was challenging as she had to adapt her voice and play a part in comedic acting.

Being scouted to head south for the production meant it was an opportunity for the young performer to network and gain exposure, she said.

Purdie had been in the industry, performing and producing since 2012 and said he was impressed with the quality down south.

The pair would be heading north after the show to play their parts in the Christchurch show.

Invercargill Musical Theatre vice president Bernadette Gourley said the audience should expect a fun-filled night, with uplifting music, dancing nuns, comedy relief, lots of sequins and glitter.

The cast were a mix of ages, from late teens to middle age, and for some it was a hobby, for some it was their first major production and for others it was about gaining confidence and exposure for future studies and careers, she said.

“We’re all working to achieve a blockbuster of a production, putting our heart and soul into it.”

The show opens on July 7.