Sierra Rep Starts 2017 Sea­son With Sis­ter Act

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Sierra Reper­tory The­atre opens its 38th sea­son with the feel-good mu­si­cal com­edy Sis­ter Act. Based on the 1992 Whoopi Gold­berg film, the show fea­tures mu­sic by Tony- and eight-time Os­car win­ner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Lit­tle Shop of Hor­rors).

Show-stop­ping disco diva Deloris Van Cartier (SRT new­comer Court­ney Bruce) is try­ing to work her way to the top in 1970s Philadel­phia when she falls in love with a very tough – and very mar­ried – gang­ster boyfriend named Cur­tis. When Deloris wit­nesses him com­mit a mur­der she ends up in hid­ing on po­lice or­ders in a con­vent whose par­ish has fallen on hard times. Though the se­quin-free life­style doesn’t agree with her, Deloris finds her call­ing work­ing with the choir, and breathes new life into the dusty con­vent while dis­cov­er­ing a sis­ter­hood she’s never had be­fore.

“I am su­per ex­cited about this op­por­tu­nity be­cause it is one of my dream roles,” Bruce said.

Her pre­vi­ous cred­its in­clude the Killer Queen in We Will Rock You, Joanne in Rent, and Nicki in Sweet Char­ity. Bruce has worked with such no­table ac­tors as Laura Dick­in­son in Jekyll and Hyde, was di­rected by Ted Lang in the orig­i­nal pro­duc­tion of the mu­si­cal Moon­shine, which stared Fred Wil­lard, and Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent fi­nal­ist Brian Justin Crum.

Re­turn­ing to SRT to play the role of Mother Su­pe­rior is Vic­to­ria Strong. She played the same role last sum­mer at Moon­light Stage Pro­duc­tions and pre­vi­ously played the roles of Anna in The King and I and The Mother Abbess in 2014’s The Sound of Mu­sic. Emily Kay Shrader (SRT’s Lit­tle Women) and Nancy Evans of the Sis­ter Act na­tional tour will also join SRT’s cast as nuns Sis­ter Mary Robert and Sis­ter Mary Lazarus.

Sierra Rep’s Sis­ter Act is di­rected by SRT Artis­tic Direc­tor Scott Vi­ets and chore­ographed by guest chore­og­ra­pher Jake De­laney. This marks Vi­ets’ 15th year at SRT and his 60th pro­duc­tion. He said he looks for­ward to col­lab­o­rat­ing with De­laney af­ter di­rect­ing him in pre­vi­ous SRT mu­si­cals, which in­cluded Gypsy and Cin­derella.

SRT’s tal­ented pro­duc­tion team in­cludes mu­si­cal direc­tor Mark Seiver, mu­si­cal or­ches­tra­tion by Sean Pax­ton, set de­sign by Ran­dall A. En­low, cos­tume de­sign by Re­becca Meredith, light­ing de­sign by Mike Sali and stage man­ager, Emily Gates­man.

Sis­ter Act opens at Sierra Rep’s East Sonora The­atre on Satur­day, Feb.18 and runs through April 9. Show times are Wed­nes­days, Satur­days and Sun­days at 2 p.m., Fri­days and Satur­days at 7 p.m., some Thurs­days at 2 p.m. and some Thurs­days at 7 p.m. There are no shows March 1 and 2. SRT will host a Ladies Night Out on March 10 and a free spe­cial Talk­back ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion af­ter the April 6 per­for­mance. For reser­va­tions con­tact Sierra Rep’s box of­fice at 209-532-3120, e-mail tick­ets@sier­rarep.org or visit our web­site: www.sier­rarep.org.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF SRT

Sierra Reper­tory The­atre new­comer Court­ney Bruce will take the stage as Deloris Van Cartier in ‘Sis­ter Act” to open the 38th sea­son; open­ing night is Satur­day, Feb. 18 in Sonora.

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