The MPSA production of Sister Act is filled with uplifting songs, an abundance of dance routines and lots of great comedy.
Posted on October 2, 2017 by Scot Allen
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Sister Act, the Musical was based on the movie Sister Act at opened in 1992. Screenwriter Paul Rudnick pitched Sister Act to producer Scott Rudin in 1987, with Bette Midler in mind for the lead role. The script was then brought to Disney. However, Midler later turned down the role, fearing that her fans would not want to see her as a nun. The musical Sister Act, premiered at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, California, on October 24, 2006. The musical then opened in London in the West End at the Palladium on June 2, 2009. In New York City the musical opened at the Broadway Theatre on April 20, 2011, and closed in August 2012, after playing 561 performances. The musical received five Tony Award nominations including Best Musical.
The role of Sister Mary Clarence, made famous by Whoopi Goldberg, was originally slated to be played by Bette Midler. In light of this, we've opted to follow Hawaii's tradition of color blind casting for all the roles in this production. Natalie Borsky, MPSA Theatre Certificate senior and Hawaii State Theatre Council Po'okela winner for best featured actress in Diamond Head Theatre's production of Evita, plays the lead role of Deloris Van Cartier. MPSA'S production of Sister Act is filled with uplifting songs, an abundance of dance routines and lots of great comedy.
"Our cast of 29 MPSA students, ages thirteen to seventeen, includes some of the most talented student actor/singer/dancers we have ever had," said Director Linda Johnson. "This is a joyous show that uses music to bring different communities, and lifestyles, together."
Deloris Van Cartier is an aspiring singer in Philadelphia, where she is auditioning to perform at her gangster boyfriend's nightclub. Deloris believes that Curtis is going to introduce her to a big producer, but is upset when he tells her she is not ready. Hurt and rejected, Deloris decides to break up with him, but when she goes to find him she accidentally sees him kill one of his cronies. Deloris runs to the police, who place her in hiding at a convent until Curtis is brought to trial. At first, Deloris feels as though it will be the worst thing in the world, chafing against the constraints of convent life and an immovable Reverend Mother, but once she is introduced to the struggling choir at the convent, everything changes. She finds that many of the nuns at the convent are not that different from her, and that they are quite fun to be around. They help give her a bigger purpose in her life, showing her a genuine love and affection that was missing prior to her arrival at the convent.