PITTSBURG — “Three nuns walked into a bar, what happens next you will have to watch Sister Act to find out.”
This was a quick improv line an actress gave while checking mics during an evening rehearsal of Pittsburg Community Theatre’s performance of “Sister Act” on Monday.
“It’s just a really fun show, it has some great music and some great dance,” Director Jason Huffman said.
The musical, Huffman said, is funny and is comprised of performers from various professions and ages which bring their own experience to the stage.
However, the show took, “a lot of creativity and a lot of patience,” Huffman said.
They are working with pairing 30 mics to the voices of the cast and three sets of outfits for 20 nuns, Lisa Quinteros said. She is the costume designer and construction head who also happens to play Mother Superior.
Technology also played a role, allowing for an array of backgrounds for different scenes, colorful lighting and smoke effects.
The outfits Quinteros created include — but not limited to — feathers, sequences and satin.
The character Quinteros plays, Mother Superior, has protected her sisters for so long, now this outsider has come in and “corrupted her convent,” Quinteros said.
She said she tries to keep the sisters safe, “she’s just doing what she’s supposed to do,” Quinteros said. “I think she deeply cares about the sisters she takes care of.”
Along with the mics and outfits, the music will be reminsinant of Disney and the 70s, MJ Harper said. Harper is casted as Deloris Van Cartier a “disco diva” who stands out amongst the nuns at the convent, which she had to stay at for a month after witnessing a murder.
“She starts out self-absorbed and immature,” Harper said. “Then she finds out what it means to be part of a group and how to care for others.”
The music is by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors) and was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
The dance numbers were choreographed and taught by Kaye Lewis of Joplin’s Midwest Regional Ballet, and music direction is by Megan Gabehart, a music teacher from Girard.
“Anyone that comes to see the ‘Sister Act’ will come expecting there will be nuns, night club singers and there will be some gangsters, but I think they will be expecting the story to just focus on Deloris, and that's really not the case,” Harper said.
“I think when the show is over and done with and they walk out of this they are going to talk about ‘did you hear that character sing … I think they are going to walk out the theater and talk about how awesome the costumes were or how phenomenal the gangsters sing or how beautifully the choir ends up sounding by the end of the show.”
Want to go?
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. July 19-21 and 2 p.m. July 21-22.
Tickets may be purchased four ways: online at www.memorialauditorium.org, by calling the Memorial Auditorium box office at 620-231-7827 or stopping by the box office during business hours Monday through Friday, or at the door prior one hour prior each show.
Cost: $12 reserved seating, main floor, adults; $10 reserved seating, main floor, students and seniors; $8 general admission and balcony.
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.