From Disco Queen to Pious Supreme – Sister Act, The Musical
by Mary Sibbald
Sister Act, the Musical is coming to the Ottawa stage in May. It’s the story of a wannabe disco diva who witnesses a murder at the hands of her gangster boyfriend. In a twist of fate, Deloris Van Cartier is hidden inside a convent by the police in the hopes that it will keep her—their witness— safe.
Not one to have her star dimmed, she brings new life to the Queen of Angels church and its choir of nuns. Doing so results in an explosion of attendance at the church and that brings the spotlight back to Deloris when, for once, she doesn’t want it.
Based on the 1992 hit film starring Whoopi Goldberg, Sister Act, The Musical was written by Bill and Cheri Steinkeller with all new lyrics and music (lyrics by Glenn Slater, music by Alan Menken).
This time, Deloris will be brought to life by Stephanie Jones. Stephanie is a self-confessed music junkie. You may have heard her powerful pipes from the choir of the Transforming Life Centre. Playing Deloris is a perfect fit for Stephanie whose love for the music, and the message, shines through.
“My favorite moment would be closer to the end when she not only realizes who [Deloris] is but the impact the nuns have made in her personal development,” says Stephanie.
The sentiment is shared by Director Ellen Seguin, who jumped at the chance to direct this show.
“Sister Act is my oldest daughter’s favorite movie. We have watched it countless times. From the music to the message of acceptance, it’s an all-around great story,” Seguin said. “I cannot wait for the audience to fall in love with Deloris and the nuns, to go on her journey of self-discovery and to watch Mother Superior change her mind about this intrusion in her life”