Nun but the best at North Walsham Atrium’s Singalong Sound of Music celebration

From left: Joseph Ballard, April Hughes and Paige Miller in their Sound of Music costumes. Picture:

From left: Joseph Ballard, April Hughes and Paige Miller in their Sound of Music costumes. Picture: ELIZABETH FIDDY. - Credit: Archant

Nuns in black leather boots, jeans and a cocktail dress all turned up for a special singalong (and dress-up) showing of The Sound of Music at The Atrium, North Walsham, on Saturday.

From left: Sound of music costumed characters line-up for judging. Picture: ELIZABETH FIDDY.

From left: Sound of music costumed characters line-up for judging. Picture: ELIZABETH FIDDY. - Credit: Archant

Cherry Lesnik as Maria, Janet Wardle, Lynda East, Lisa Hobbs and Sally Sizeland all as nuns, and Jenny Welsh as the Mother Superior, all put a new spin on their old habits.

All six work at the Manor Road schools in North Walsham.

The screening of the classic musical, celebrating its 50th birthday, was presented by Arts North Norfolk (ANN).

Joseph Ballard, director of the ANN charity, appeared in lederhosen and plumed hat as Rolf, the young postboy in the movie.

NUN BETTER: Manor Road schools staff, North Walsham: Cherry Lesnik, Janet Wardle, Lynda East, Jenny

NUN BETTER: Manor Road schools staff, North Walsham: Cherry Lesnik, Janet Wardle, Lynda East, Jenny Welsh, Lisa Hobbs and Sally Sizeland, with male nun Simon Potter from Wymondham. Picture: BRIAN GAUDET - Credit: Archant

He helped get the audience in a singalong mood, performing Sixteen going on seventeen with Paige Miller, in the role of Liesl, and then Edelweiss in a duet with actress April Hughes.

The enthusiastic audience cheered and applauded all the movie-goers in fancy dress, with joint first-prize going to Simon Potter as a nun and Joe Walker illustrating the line from My Favourite Things, 'raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens'. Jenny Welsh as the Mother Superior was runner-up.

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Simon and Joe each won a giant bar of Swiss Toblerone - the closest to an Austrian prize you can buy in North Walsham - and Jenny won a free interval drink.

The next ANN film night at the Atrium will feature the Swedish comedy The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (15) this Thursday, March 5, at 7pm.

From left: April Hughes, Joseph Ballard and Paige Miller in their Sound of Music costumes. Picture:

From left: April Hughes, Joseph Ballard and Paige Miller in their Sound of Music costumes. Picture: BRIAN GAUDET. - Credit: Archant

Visit: www.artsnorthnorfolk.org

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