The residents of the Queen of Angels Cathedral gather to meet disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, in SISTER ACT, playing in Curtain Call's Kweskin Theatre, Stamford, November 17 through December 16. Seen here, standing (L-R) Zoe Bebon, Theresa LeBel, Martha Dombroski, Virginia Herrera-Crilly, Kelly Kinas, Simone Palmer and James Hobayan; Seated (L-R) Nancy L. Meyer. (contributed photo)
Forty years ago, while “Saturday Night Fever” was burning up movie screens across America, disco was at its height. Soon, area audiences will be able to turn the clock back to 1977 as Sister Act opens in Curtain Call’s Kweskin Theatre, Stamford, November 17.
Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has had audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won't be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover.
Soon, the gang is giving chase, only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood. Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story, Sister Act will leave audiences with a reason to REJOICE!
Curtain Call’s cast of 28 is led by Simone Palmer (Yonkers, NY) as Delores Van Cartier, the role originated by Whoopi Goldberg in the 1992. Other in the cast, including several making their Curtain Call debuts, are, from STAMFORD: Sara Defelice, Martha Dombroski, Brendan Garnett, Virginia Herrera-Crilly, Kaite Marie Laurie, Nancy L. Meyer, Zully Ramos, Dan Travers, Lauren Gulliver Travers; from NORWALK: James Hobayan, Kelly Kinas, Nikki Monahan, Kevin Thompson; from BRIDGEPORT: Arielle Boutin; from FAIRFIELD: Zoe Bebon; from STRATFORD: Dante DiFederico, Katelyn Wilson; from TRUMBULL: Lucas Cafaro; from WILTON: Michael Ferrigno; from SANDY HOOK: Sarah Peterson; from SHELTON: Theresa LeBel; from COS COB: Savannah Belle Miller; from NEW ROCHELLE, NY: Chris Nardi; from PORT CHESTER, NY: Sara Donnellan, Michael Okulski; from BRONX, NY: Robin Aleman: from BROOKLYN, NY: Heather Abrado.
Veteran Curtain Call director, Meredith Walker (STAMFORD) leads the creative team which includes choreographer, Lauren Nicole Sherwood (STAMFORD) and music director, Eric Johnston (NEWARK, NJ), costume design by Helen Adams (STRATFORD) and set design by Peter Barbieri, Jr. (FAIRFIELD). The stage management team includes Stephen Emerick, Michael Kraus, Jan Ursone (all of STAMFORD) and Bill Warncke (NORWALK).
“There’s something about nuns onstage,” said Lou Ursone, Curtain Call’s executive director and producer for SISTER ACT. “I remember the first time I saw NUNSENSE, laughing through the entire show thinking back to my parochial school days. SISTER ACT does the same thing…but in a very different, yet wonderful way,” he added. Ursone noted that he has really enjoyed watching the rehearsals for this production.
The remainder of Curtain Cal's 27th season includes Is He Dead, Newsies, The Boys Next Door, A Comedy of Tenors and Superman the Musical, in addition to comedy nights, concerts and interactive murder mysteries.
More information is available at www.curtaincallinc.com or by calling 203-329-8207. Curtain Call is the non-profit community-based theatre company in residence at The Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Avenue in Stamford. Year-round productions and workshops are presented by and for area residents in The Kweskin Theatre and The Dressing Room Theatre.
Curtain Call was voted Fairfield County's BEST LOCAL THEATRE GROUP ten years running in the Annual Readers' Poll of The Fairfield County Weekly and has received similar BEST OF awards from Stamford Magazine and StamfordPlus magazine for 2008 through 2016. Curtain Call received The Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2011 and the ACE Award for Excellence in Arts & Culture from the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County.