Singalonga Showtune with Sister Mary McArthur (3 stars)

  • 21 August 2006

This article is from 2006.

You have to wonder who this show is really for - children, or the musical-loving grown-ups who bring them along. The average 4-year-old is unlikely to be au fait with the lyrics of ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’, but judging by the lively chorus of voices emanating from the auditorium, their mums certainly are.

Dressed in full habit and tap shoes, Tim McArthur - AKA Sister Mary - has a natural way with an audience, finding out our names and ages (yes, even the adults) and constantly name-checking us throughout the show. Accompanied by ‘Brother Matthew’ on the piano, he/she works his/her way through popular songs from Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, The Lion King and others, encouraging us to sing along in a variety of ways.

Creating a Little Mermaid montage, half the audience ends up on stage clutching fishing rods, lobsters and snorkels. For fans of musical theatre, this is a fun way to spend a morning, but younger children may need something more stimulating than a nun and a microphone to keep them occupied. (Kelly Apter)

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 668 1633, until 28 Aug, 10.45am, £7 (£5).

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