“Sister Act,” an uplifting musical comedy about a disco diva who lands in a convent, opens March 2 at Napa Valley College for a three-weekend run.
Michael Ross directs this production of Alan Menken’s work that was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, opens this weekend on stage at the Performing Arts Center. It’s based on the hit 1992 film.
When Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a crime, she is placed in protective custody in the one place she is sure to be safe: a convent.
Disguised as a nun, Deloris finds herself at odds with Mother Superior but she also discovers a newfound self-worth, confidence and family, all the while breathing in new life and singing talent into the convent choir.
In helping to revive and transform the church choir, Deloris blows her cover and the gang gives chase, only to find themselves up against Deloris and the power of her new heavenly family, the sisterhood.
The joyful music of “Sister Act” will “make you want to get up and sing with the choir,” said Ross, who is well known to theater fans in Napa from his work at Dreamweavers Theatre. He has also worked with Spreckels Theater Company, 6th Street Playhouse, Napa Valley Playhouse, Shakespeare Napa Valley, The White Barn, Contra Costa Civic Theater, Lucky Penny and Napa Valley Conservatory Theater.
“I can’t think of a more perfect person than Michael Ross to direct this play,” said Jennifer King, artistic director of Napa Valley College theater. “We are overjoyed that Michael is directing at Napa Valley College. He is creating a wonderful world on stage.”
Returning from retirement to serve as music director for the production is Professor Emeritus Dr. Eve Wilkes, who will conduct the orchestra.
NVC dance and theater instructor Pam Rogers, who has choreographed more than 30 shows at NVC, “continues to inspire students and will dazzle audiences with her inventive dance numbers,” King said. “This is the perfect artistic team for this show.”
Theo Bridant, who designed last year’s productions of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” and “To Kill a Mockingbird,” is in charge of the set and lights for “Sister Act.” Skipper Skeoch, who has designed for the Magic Theater and South Coast Repertory, is doing costumes.
Majesty Pearl-Scott stars as Deloris Van Cartier and Suzi Gilbert and the Mother Superior. The large cast of students and residents also includes Julianna Romualdi , Bethany Crown, Jessica Romero, Zach Stockton, Jose Sanchez, Anthony Martinez, Kevin Rebultan, Alex Corey, Dominic Doctor, Sarah Lundstrom, Kathryn Fletcher, Fiorella Garcia, Martina Sanchez, Loretta Long, Jennifer Deterville, Julia DeNatale, Emma Wilson, Holly Zaccone, Joy Greenlee, Jan Griffin, Beth Rowles,Elizabeth Madrigal, Sam Noon, Lucy Bunter, Shayley Zaccone, Tessa Borck, Dayton Ochoa , Sharron Emig, Laura Gardner, Kaylen Lehman, Karen Scriven, Allyson Tabas, Dorothy Unsicker, Lesa Ward, Mary Ziegler, Rhonda Bowen and Charles Jaeger.
“Sister Act” runs March 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, and 17 at 7 p.m. and March 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 2 p.m. Admission is $25 adults; $20 seniors, students, military and $10 NVC students. Advance tickets are on sale at the college box office and will be available at the box office of the Napa Valley College Theater the night of the play dependent upon availability. Plenty of free parking is available.
For more information, call (707) 256-7500. The Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center is at 2277 Napa Vallejo Highway, Napa.