Having gone to Catholic school for 12 years, I always love a good light-hearted Catholic joke and being a fan of the movie Sister Act I was very excited to have the chance to go to opening night of the musical Sister Act at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center.
The energy and excitement that the show brings is contagious. You’ll be smiling, laughing, and movin’ the entire show. Before I tell you my favorite parts here’s a little bit about the story:
Set in the 70s, when disco dive Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one lace cops are sure she won’t be found – a convent. Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and an uptight Mother Superior. Using her fabulous attitude and killer voice to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church, but in doing so blows her cover. Soon it’s nun-on-the-run time but she finds salvation in the heavenly power of her newly found sisterhood.
The music, the acting, the set, I can’t pick one sure thing that I loved most. Ta’rea Campbell played the lead, Deloris and she was incredible, her singing was off the charts and the energy she brought to the stage was amazing. She also fit the diva persona perfectly. One of my favorite acts of her’s was the number “Raise Your Voice.” This was when Deloris teaches the rest of the nuns how to sing with pride. It’s fun, upbeat, and so energetic. You’ll be wanting to sing and dance along.
Another one of my favorite acts was “I Could Be That Guy” performed by Eddie (Chester Gregory), the police officer helping Deloris hide (and who had a crush on her in high school…and still does). This is his song about how he could be the perfect guy for Deloris. His dance moves, 70s style voice and cute charm made this one of the best parts of the show. It was also awesome to Gregory perform as Eddie because he originated the role on Broadway.
This is a show about the nuns, and each one was fantastic but three men also stole the show whenever they came on. Deloris’ lover who is after her has three guys that work for him: Joey, Pablo, and TJ. When Deloris’ lover finds out where she is hiding, he tells his boys that they need to get into the convent and get her. While trying to figure out how this will be done this comedic threesome performs a song during Act II that will make you laugh right out loud. The number “Lady in the Long Black Dress” is a song about how the three of them are conspiring on how they will seduce the nuns into letting them in.
It’s hard to pick one favorite part of the show, or even narrow it down to a few. I encourage you all, if you want a serious laugh this weekend, head to the PAC and see Sister Act. Sister Act will be at the PAC until Sunday May 11 with shows Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center ticket office and online at Ticketmaster.com. Now go and raise your voice!!