May 18 – Aug 11
Gilliam Stage at Barter Theatre
Music by Alan Menken Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Book by Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner
Additional Book Material by Douglas Carter Beane
A heavenly surprise, filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story, this feel-good comedy smash will have you jumping to your feet with excitement and joy! A woman hiding in a convent helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she rediscovers her own. Make a joyful noise and join us for this musical comedy smash based on the hit film starring Whoopi Goldberg. “’Take Me to Heaven’ and ‘Spread the Love Around’ bloom into full-throttle disco epics, the latter building up to an ecstatic finale.” –NY Post
“MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE”
It was a time of great change in the world, the years of my youth. The nuns in my life embraced that change and led the way in getting others to embrace change.
I grew up with nuns. In grade school starting in third grade, when the catholic school was built as part of our church, and throughout my high school years at the seminary, my education was filled with nuns. Even in college, I had the honor of being involved in social work and work with poor families and homes for the aging in which nuns were involved.
I had and still have great love for these nuns, who in many ways helped shape my life. Unlike some unfortunate experiences that I have heard from others who had nuns as teachers in school, the nuns that I grew up with were patient, kind, encouraging, excellent teachers, nurturing, open to the world and everything the world would bring to them, unwavering in their religious beliefs, and were filled with the joy of life. They were the epitome of Christianity in every way. And they were also lots of fun!
The nuns in SISTER ACT, are very much like the nuns with whom I grew up. They are full of joy; devout in their commitment to their religion, and willing, when asked, to accept anyone into their family without judgment or question. They do not look to convert; they look to help. Even Mother Superior, who seems resistant to the request to shelter Deloris, does not do so out of judgement or out of rigidity, but more out of protection for her family of nuns for whom she serves as the matriarch and protector.
In the end, the story of SISTER ACT is one where diverse parties grow and are transformed by each other. Deloris finds herself to be a new and better person. The nuns break out of their cloistered selves to renew their commitment to the betterment of the world around them. Mother Superior remembers the reason she took her vows and learns to trust her family and herself.
In the end, I would say that they find their real calling, which had been lost or buried in the struggle of everyday survival. They are better because they touched each other’s lives. The world is better because they unleash themselves. May we have such moments in our own lives. May we allow ourselves to give such moments to the lives of those around us.
For that is our job on this earth: To discover our voices and to help others discover their voices, so that we call all fill the world with song. Make a joyful noise!
Richard Rose, director of SISTER ACT.
Cast & Credits
Mother Superior: Tricia Matthews
Announcer: Rick McVey
Deloris Van Cartier: Raven Flowers
Michelle: Sarah Laughland
Tina: Hannah Ingram
Curtis Jackson: Nick Koesters
Ernie: Andrew Hampton Livingston
Joey: Rick McVey
Pablo: Sean Maximo Campos
Cop: Andrew Hampton Livingston
Eddie Souther: Justin Tyler Lewis
Hookers: Michaela Nicole, Paris Bradstreet
Sister Mary Patrick: Kim Morgan Dean
Sister Mary Robert: Hope Quinn
Sister Mary Lazarus: Paris Bradstreet
Sister Mary Martin-Of-Tours: Michele Burdette Elmore
Sister Mary Theresa: Mary Lucy Bivins
Sister Mary Celeste: Rusty Allen
Sister Mary Irene: Sarah Laughland
Sister Mary Vincent: Hannah Ingram
Sister Mary Thais:Zacchaeus Kimbrell
Sister Mary Bernadette:Joylene Taylor
Sister Mary Priscilla: Katherine Lyle
Sister Mary Therese: Zoe Velling
Monsignor O’Hara: Michael Poisson
Bar Biker Patrons:Zacchaeus Kimbrell, Rusty Allen, Katherine Lyle, Zoe Velling
Girl in Bar: Michaela Nicole
Bartender: Michael Poisson
Homeless: Sean Maximo Campos, Tyler Chandler, Sarah Laughland, Michaela Nicole
Cab Driver: Andrew Hampton Livingston
Newscaster: Michaela Nicole
Fantasy Dancers: Sean Maximo Campos, Tyler Chandler, Nick Koesters, Sarah Laughland, Andrew Hampton Livingston, Michaela Nicole
Director: Richard Rose
Choreographer: Ashley Campos
Additional Musical Staging:Amanda Aldridge & Ashley Campos
Music Director: Lee Harris
Set Design: Derek Smith
Costume Design: Amanda Aldridge
Lighting Design: Andrew Morehouse
Sound Design: Tony Angelini
Stage Manager: Sara Douglas
Assistant Stage Manager: Victoria L. Sutton
Assistant Choreographer: Sarah Laughland
Dance Captain:Ashley Campos