Actors Guild of Parkersburg to present ‘Sister Act’

Photo by Wayne Towner From left, Heather Hepburn, Joshua Woodard, Bill Knotts and Barbara Full perform in the Actors Guild of Parkersburg production of “Sister Act.” The musical will be presented the next three weekends at the Guild Playhouse in downtown Parkersburg.

PARKERSBURG — The Actors Guild of Parkersburg will present the comedic movie turned musical “Sister Act” for three weekends in November at the Guild Playhouse at Eighth and Market streets.

“Sister Act” will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17, 18, 24 and 25, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday and at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19. The Nov. 19 show is an experiment with a Sunday show that takes place later than the normal matinee but earlier than the standard evening performance.

Friday’s opening night show is sold out, but tickets are still available for the other shows at $19 for adults and $17 for seniors and students at the website actors-guild.com.

Based on the 1992 film, the musical features original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken and was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

In the show, disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder and is put in protective custody in the one place the 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 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 them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood.

The director is RJ Lowe with assistant director Brett Meade, music director Josh Dubs and choreographer Lori Craig.

The cast includes: Heather Hepburn as Deloris Van Cartier; Barbara Full as Mother Superior; Ashley Fluharty as Sister Mary Robert; Jessie Ice as Sister Mary Patrick; Marsha Parsons as Sister Mary Lazarus; Bill Knotts as Monsignor O’Hara; Tanre Franklin as Curtis Jackson; Joshua Woodard as Eddie Souther; Anthony Frontino as TJ; Dennis Craig as Joey; Shawn Price as Pablo; Lori Venable Clark as Sister Mary Martin-Of-Tours; Elizabeth Tock as Sister Mary Theresa; Luanna Wriston as Michelle/Ensemble; Staci Morgan as Tina/Ensemble; Bob Francis as Ernie/Drag Queen/Newscaster/Ensemble; Sonya Ashby as Mary Celeste; Lori Ullman as Mary Irene; Amy Stewart as Mary Stephen; Olivia Parsons as Hooker/Waitress/Ensemble; George Hines as Pool Player/Ensemble; and Jeremy Bungard as Cop/Ensemble.

Hepburn has been a member of the Guild for over a dozen years and has appeared in many productions as castmember or featured lead, but this is her first lead role.

“This is the first time that I’m literally the face of the show,” she said. “It’s awesome.”

Even for fans of the movie, Hepburn said the musical has new things to enjoy. Instead of the movie’s setting of 1993, the musical is set during the disco period of 1977 in Philadelphia. All of the music featured in the stage production is original, Hepburn said.

“We’ve got some great songs … the nice thing about this show is that all of the characters get to be featured. It’s done tremendously well,” she said.


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