If you didn’t see the film Sister Act that came out in 1992 starring Whoopie Goldberg, then you can always see the musical on stage. An ambitious disco-style lounge singer, who calls herself Deloris Van Cartier, gets into a relationship with a married man thinking he’ll make her a star. She witnesses him murder one of his associates and goes into hiding for fear he’ll kill her too. I went to see a production of the musical at CASA 0101 in Boyle Heights.
Jacquelin Lorraine Schofield plays Deloris humorously and energetically. Her smarmy boyfriend Curtis Jackson (Marco Infante) struts his stuff with white patent leather platform shoes. A klutzy police detective (Caleb Green) who has eyes for Deloris, hides her at St. Anne’s convent to protect her as a witness for trial.
Deloris arrives at the convent dressed in disco glitter. Mother Superior, skillfully acted by Beverly Crain, takes her in at the bequest of the Monsignor (Omar Mata) who has received a “donation” from the police department to help save the church from being sold. The nuns are dismal singers so Deloris volunteers to help them with choir practice. In a short period of time, they go from awful to spectacular and WOW the parishioners with their lively performances.
Word spreads and the church soon fills its pews with people of all religions who want to watch the nuns perform disco style, much to the displeasure of Mother Superior. Deloris befriends one of the novices, Sister Mary Robert, played by Samantha M. Laurence helping her transform from painfully shy and obedient to stand out performer who questions her decision to become a nun.
The lively ensemble plays multiple roles with plenty of spirit and fun. Curtis’s bad boys, TJ, (Matthew Noah) Joey, (Jason Biyo) and Pablo (Gil Garcia) perform several hilarious dance scenes. Sister Mary Lazarus, one of the older nuns played by Dorrie Braun, bursts into a surprising and amusing rap.
The play is adeptly directed by Rigo Tejada and cleverly choreographed by Tania Possick.
Sister Act runs through May 19, 2019, at CASA 0101
2102 E. First St. LA CA 90033