Sister Act will be produced at the 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 www.thecompanystb.com, follow the link to purchase. Tickets for all of The Company’s productions are $10.00.
“It is an amazing cast with heavenly voices,” co-director Carol Ortego said. “This dedicated and talented group will move audiences.”
Sister Act is a musical comedy based on the hit 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg. 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.
“The cast has done an incredible job of telling the story,” co-director and choreographer, Mary Collins said. Collins said she has worked with different levels of ability and experience in theater from professional actors and dancers to individuals who haven’t performed on stage. She said this cast was challenging, rewarding and inspiring.
The Company is a non-profit community theater organization with a mission to improve the quality of life in St. Bernard Parish by giving everyone and anyone the opportunity to participate in live theater on stage, backstage, or as an audience member.
“Their mission is to make theater accessible to all individuals, and that doesn’t just mean cheap tickets,” actor Greg Nacozy said. The cast includes two deaf actresses, Mary Kim Huang and Jenny Jones, who are performing on stage with hearing actors for the first time.
“It has been challenging, but great. We are very excited to have this opportunity and everything has come together smoothly,” Huang said. Jones said that she hopes to inspire others in the deaf community to get involved in theater.
Collins said she has helped Huang and Jones learn choreography to music they cannot hear traditionally. “They were able to feel the beat of the songs and watch the movements,” she said. “While they are a part of what is traditionally for the hearing world, we have all learned from Mary and Jenny. They taught the cast how to sign a song. They have incredible courage.”
The shows will include deaf interpreters for anyone in the deaf community who wants to come out to see live theater!
Sister Act is the second production in The Company’s season of shows. 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: Barry Fisher (Cop), Greg Nacozy (Curtis), Kathleen Moore (Delores), Brian Rosenthal (Eddie), Jeff Southerland (Ernie), Tim Mulcahy (Joey), Christina Early (Michelle), Teddy Smith III (Monsignor O’Hara), Lisa Boycott Luongo (Mother Superior), Michael Dendy (Pablo), Annie Gaia (Sr. Mary Lazarus), Roxanne Gray (Sr. Mary Martin of Tours), Amy Wood (Sr. Mary Patrick), Vieta Collins (Sr. Mary Robert), Victoria Pepin (Sr. Mary Theresa), Kernesha Miller (Tina), and Justin Russell (TJ). Ensemble cast: Alayna Grabert, Barbara Ekstron, Bethany Shaubert, Emily Stout, Jenny Jones, Jerra Maurice, Mary Kim Huang, Sara Tweedy, and Tiffany Lawrason.