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Heavenly sounds of ‘Sister Act’ coming to Millbrook

PHOTO BY DAVID LEIDHOLDT Tayler Harris stars as Deloris Van Cartier in “Sister Act: The Musical” at Millbrook Playhouse. Audrey Rose Young plays Mother Superior in the comedy.

MILL HALL — The second main stage production of the 55th anniversary season at Millbrook Playhouse is “Sister Act: The Musical,” opening tomorrow.

The “divinely” entertaining show plays through July 15.

The feel-good musical comedy smash is based on the hit 1992 film, featuring original music by Tony and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, and book by Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner, with additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane. It is based on the Touchstone Pictures movie “Sister Act” written by Joseph Howard.

The uplifting story follows disco diva Deloris Van Cartier who 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 the 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 themselves 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” is directed and choreographed by Trey Compton, with musical direction by Mo Orbal. Dara Orland is associate choreographer.

The Millbrook production features Tayler Harris as Deloris Van Cartier, Dana Orange as Eddie, Corey Barrow as Curtis Mid, Carly Grayson as Sister Mary Robert, Audrey Rose Young as Mother Superior, Paige Waldron as Sister Mary Patrick, Dalon Bradley as T.J., Felipe Joglar as Pablo, Thomas-Robert Irvin as Monsignor O’Hara, Sam Snyder as Joey, Kathleen Cameron as Sister Mary Martin-of-Tours, Nikki Yarnell as Mary Lazarus, and also features Katelyn Boyd as Sister Mary Katie, Alexis Yard as Michelle, Dara Orland as Tina, Jake Friedman and Danny Martin.

Behind the scenes, set design was by Joshua E. Gallagher, costume design by Michelle Stovall, lighting design by Caleb Stroman, sound design by Adam Visconti, and props design by David Singleton. David Leidholdt is artistic director.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, with a 2 p.m. matinee added on Wednesday. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students and $10 for children. Budget seating is available in select seats at reduced prices. New this season, tickets are discounted 10% for the Wednesday evening show and the Sunday matinees. Group rates also are available.

Tickets may be purchased by calling 570-748-8083, online at www.millbrookplayhouse.net, or by coming to the box office any day of the week. Box office hours are Monday and Tuesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

An optional Sunday brunch is available exclusively for the Sunday matinee performances. For an additional $16 per person, a buffet brunch from Haywood’s on the Green will be served at 1 p.m. in the courtyard, with drink specials on Bloody Marys and mimosas from the Stage Right Bar (for those 21 and older).

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