St. Bernard’s Community Theatre announces cast for Sister Act

c8d6ef52-ac8d-41d5-91aa-943024bd3802The Company cast is set for the upcoming musical production of Sister Act, which will be mounted at the newly refurbished Valiant Lounge and Theater on St. Claude Avenue on March 10th-12th and March 17th-19th, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now at WOW Café and Wingery in Chalmette or online at, follow the link to purchase. Tickets for all of The Company’s productions are $10.00.

Directors Mary Collins and Carol Ortego said it is a great show with a pretty amazing cast. “We’ve had a few rehearsals and we are impressed by this group of actors and actresses.” The cast includes a wide range of ages and members from around the metro New Orleans area. The Company is an all-inclusive theater company, “We welcome everyone, regardless of age, or abilities.”

The Company has also included hearing impaired translators during their last production. “We are going to try to include translators in as many shows as possible,” Producer and board member, Tony Ortego said.

Sister Act is a musical comedy based on the hit 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg. The musical features original music by Tony and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken. This uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

The story line is centered around disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, who witnesses a murder by a gang and is put in protective custody in a place they are sure she wouldn’t be found-a convent. She is disguised as a nun, but soon finds herself at odds with the lifestyle and the uptight Mother Superior. Deloris however breathes new life into the church and community by inspiring the choir using her disco moves and singing talent. Sister act is filled with powerful gospel music, and speaks to the power of friendship and sisterhood.

Sister Act is the second production in The Company’s season of shows. Little Shop of Horror was the first show and the first one to be held at the Valiant Theater and Lounge. “It has an intimate set up and great atmosphere,” Ortego said. The Company will produce the musical, Hairspray in the summer.

The show is produced by Tony Ortego. Technical Direction by John Collins and choreography by Mary Collins. The cast for Sister Act includes: Kathleen Moore (Deloris), Brian Rosenthal (Eddie), Christina Early (Michelle), Justin Russell (TJ), Roxanne Gray (Sr. Mary Martin of Tours), Kernesha Miller (Tina), Lisa Boycott Luongo (Mother Superior), Vieta Collins (Sr. Mary Robert), Victoria Pepin (Sr. Mary Theresa), Amy Wood (Sr. Mary Patrick), Annie Gaia (Sr. Mary Lazarus), Joel Gross (Drag Queen), Barry Fischer (Cop), Allen Bryant (Curtis), Tim Mulcahy (Joey), Greg Nacozy (Monsignor O’ara), Michael Dendy (Pablo), and Jeff Southerland (Ernie). Ensemble cast includes: Barbara Ekstron, Jerra Maurice, Bethany Shaubert, Tiffany Lawrason, Mary Kim Huang, Jenny Jones, Emily Stout, Sara Tweedy, Rachael Sachs, and Alayna Grabert.

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