Disco Queen to Pious Supreme – Sister Act, The Musical

For the first time in Suzart’s history, one of their musical performances is sold out two weeks before the show. This is an exciting time for the over decade old Ottawa company. Those who have bought tickets will be thrilled by the production.

Sister Act, The Musical is the story of a wannabe disco diva with big dreams. On Christmas Eve, she witnesses a murder at the hands of her gangster boyfriend. After barely managing an escape from Curtis and his thugs; Deloris makes it to the police station. There she runs into Sweaty Eddie- a former high-school classmate turned cop.

In a twist of fate, Deloris Van Cartier is hidden inside a convent by the police in the hopes that it will keep their witness safe.  In one day Deloris’s life completely changes as she finds herself out of the spotlight and into a habit. In an attempt to keep her out of trouble, Mother Superior enlists her help with the choir.

Not one to have her star dimmed, Deloris (disguised as Sister Mary Clarence) brings new life to the Queen of Angels church and its choir of nuns. Doing so results in an explosion of attendance to the church and bringing 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). Goldberg loved the story so much she performed as Mother Superior in London’s West End 2009 run and produced the 2011 Broadway production of Sister Act – The Musical.

“The original Sister Act is running all over the world now, on stage as a musical. It lives.” – Whoopi Goldberg

The musical has been performed all over the world and translated into seven languages. It was originally adapted for the stage in 2006 and has grossed over 200 million worldwide.

Those who loved the film, are sure to be enthralled with Suzart’s live performance. Rehearsing since February, the chemistry of the cast is off the charts. The feel good music will lift your spirits. The message behind the story (the power of friendship) really comes through and makes for an electric show. “I’m unbelievably proud of this cast/crew and how much we've evolved since day one. I’m blown away by the talent and creativity that everyone brings to creating this killer show!” –Emily Seguin (Sister Mary Patrick)

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,” Stephanie Jones

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”

Everyone is thrilled at Suzart that the show has sold out so early. “Usually, people in Ottawa wait until the week prior to opening to buy tickets. It is a testament to the quality of shows that Suzart has been presenting that we have a growing demand for attendance,” I, as Marketing Director for Suzart, exlaimed. “It is a bitter-sweet situation, though. We are super excited for those attending and yet sad that we have not been able to accommodate others.”

Don’t miss out next time, Suzart has announced their new lineup with three amazing shows. Fans of Suzart and the Ottawa theatre scene can look forward to productions of Annie, Rocky Horror Show and James and the Giant Peach coming to the Centrepointe Theatres Studio stage.

Check it out here; http://www.suzart.ca/