MEET Iona Fraser, who has joined the Island Savoyards to perform in their production of Sister Act over the bank holiday weekend.

The actor and singer is excited to be taking on such an iconic lead role and said she is channelling the fun, sassy and heartfelt elements of Whoopi Goldberg's memorable movie character, Deloris Van Cartier.

Deloris is a singer forced to join a convent after being placed in a witness protection programme, and the musical follows her struggle to conform to the way of life of a nun.

The Island Savoyards are bringing the show to Shanklin Theatre on Friday, August 23, to Monday, August 26.

Iona said: "I am so excited about playing the role of Deloris Van Cartier, it’s definitely a dream role.

"The songs in this musical are so fun to sing. With the music inspired by funk, Motown and disco, it’s such a feel-good soundtrack.

"I always loved Sister Act the film as a kid and thought Whoopi Goldberg was hilarious.

"I’m taking the fun, sassy and heartfelt elements of Whoopi’s Deloris and channelling them in my performance, and hopefully I’ll do it justice.

"I watched the musical a few years ago when it was Patina Miller in the West End and absolutely fell in love with the role and the music.

"I have always been singing since I was kid. My dad is a musician so music was constantly in our house, so my sister and I grew up with all kinds of music around us — classical, Motown, rock, pop, musical theatre.

"We had a very vast interest for all kinds of genres, so it was inevitable that I would go for a career in performing.

"I’ve been working as an actor and singer since 2013, from a plague doctor at the London Dungeons to a 1950s diner singer at Butlins. Let’s just say it’s never been boring.

"I can’t wait to get on the stage and perform in the beautiful Shanklin Theatre.

"The Isle of Wight is a lovely place to be staying and I’ve had a blast working with the Island Savoyards.

"There is so much talent within the society and I’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of hard work and dedication they put into their shows.

"I’ve felt so welcome here and I really hope our audiences enjoy the show."