What could be better than big, glitzy song and dance numbers that are the toast of Broadway-style musicals? How about big, glitzy song and dance numbers…with nuns? The current offering at Mundelein High School, Sister Act, will have plenty of both.
The show runs April 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. and April 27 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $7 for students, seniors and kids. Tickets may be purchased online at www.mundeleintheatre.org. Tickets can also be purchased at the door 45 minutes prior to curtain for each performance.
Written by Alan Menken, Glenn Slater and Bill and Cheri Steinkellner, and based on the 1992 film of the same name, Sister Act tells the story of aspiring disco diva Deloris Van Cartier. Trying to work her way to the top in 1970’s Philadelphia, Deloris falls in love with a very tough gangster named Curtis, and when she witnesses him commit a murder she ends up hiding on police orders in a convent whose parish has fallen on hard times. Though the sequin-free lifestyle doesn’t agree with her, Deloris finds her calling working with the choir, and breathes new life into the dusty convent while discovering a sisterhood she’s never had before.
“This musical has everything you want in a musical comedy,” said Jonathan Meier, the director of Sister Act. “There are huge production numbers, chase scenes, and beautiful love songs that everyone will enjoy. But at its core, Sister Act is a very heartfelt story of people discovering who they are, and who they can become, and how to accept others for who they are.” Senior Rachel Larson portrays Delores. “I knew that this was a very fun show when it was announced last year that this would be our musical,” stated Larson. “But in working on the show, I have really come to appreciate the wonderful message it communicates regarding how we treat each other as human beings.”
Other seniors in the cast are Sydney Litka (Mother Superior), Natalie Williams (Sister Mary Martin-of-Tours), Anooha Dasari (Sister Mary Theresa), Jake Cumberland (Monsignor O’Hara), Kimberly Barr and Josie Hutson (Featured Nuns), and Alexis Chavez, and Abby Smith (Ensemble). Others in featured roles are Mary McMurray (Sister Mary Robert), Paige Steiner (Sister Mary Patrick), Katie Staroszczyk (Sister Mary Lazarus), Elias Photopoulos (Curtis), Matthew Callas (Eddie), Colby Willis (TJ), Steven Weiss (Joey), Allan Rodriguez (Pablo), Pablin Ibarra (Ernie), Sierra Bouchard (Tina) and Mira Guiritan (Michelle). Other Featured Nuns are Rosy Castro, Joslyn Gange, Laryzza Lazaro, Alexis Lee, Ellie Mellen, Brenda Olayo, Addison Salski and Annalise Welsch. Rounding out the ensemble are Bella Buono, Tori Collins, Lance Evans, Emma Ferrin, Dean Hansen, Ahmad Koya, Derek Lee, Amari Liebe, Brooke Mellen, Gigi Mercado, Katie Myrant, Chris Nacion, Colin Nacion, Megan Saunders, Marta Sikora, Zoe Trahan and Eli Walter. The Production Stage Managers are Isabella Marotti and Becca Panos. The Student Assistant Director is Miriam Mitry.