Banbury Academy set to rock the pews

Banbury Academy Sister Act at St Mary's Church NNL-180627-093102001
Banbury Academy Sister Act at St Mary's Church NNL-180627-093102001

Students at Banbury Academy are hard at work putting the finishing touches to their annual summer musical which takes place this weekend.

Thirty students ranging from Year 7 to Year 13 make up the musical’s cast and team which this year is Sister Act.

Banbury Academy students will perform Sister Act at Banbury's St Mary's Church NNL-180627-092822001

Banbury Academy students will perform Sister Act at Banbury's St Mary's Church NNL-180627-092822001

For the first time the students will take their show on the road with three performances at St Mary’s Church in Banbury’s Horse Fair.

Ben Coleman, Banbury Academy performing arts teacher and director of the production, said: “Over the years I have tried to push the cast and crew further in order to give them an experience like no other.

“This year we have taken on the hugely ambitious challenge of performing a fully staged musical in one of Banbury’s most beautiful landmarks; St Mary’s Church.

“Nothing like this has ever been attempted at the church before and we are thrilled that the team at St Mary’s are as keen as we are to showcase what our two institutions are capable of. We cannot wait to ‘Spread the Love’ with Banbury audiences who are sure to leave humming the music.”

The musical is based on the 1992 film of the same name starring Whoopi Goldberg and tells the tale of a wannabe star who believes she has the world at her feet until her boyfriend commits a heinous crime and she has to go into hiding.

Sister Act takes place at St Mary’s Church, Horse Fair, Banbury, on Friday, June 29 at 7.30pm and on Saturday, June 30 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

Tickets are available here or from the Banbury Academy Reception.