April 7, 8, and 9 brought with it the 29th annual Deerfield-Windsor spring musical at the Municipal Auditorium. Sister Act thrilled audiences for three performances and had many proclaiming it one of the best musicals in DWS history.
Forty-eight cast and eight crew members took the stage to bring the movie-turned-stage musical to life. With a whole soundtrack of new songs, the storyline follows closely to the 1992 Whoopi Goldberg classic where Deloris van Cartier (senior Tyler Jennings) witnesses her mob boss boyfriend Curtis (senior Uday Sappati) murder one of his henchmen. She runs to police officer Eddie Souther (senior Rob Pilcher) who decides to hide her in Queen of Angels convent until she can testify in court, much to the Mother Superior's (senior Hannah Takash) chagrin. In a bit of an unorthodox manner, Deloris brings life to the convent, helping the choir raise their voice and helping Mother Superior learn there is good to be done beyond the convent walls. The nuns and Mother Superior, in turn, protect Deloris and accept her as one of their own.
Rounding out the main convent were Sister Mary Lazarus (senior Mary Rachel Bonner), Sister Mary Patrick (senior Maggie Ricks), Sister Mary Robert (sophomore Landon Lowe), Sister Mary Teresa (junior MaryJohn Collier), Sister Mary Martin-of-Tours (junior Larkin Carden), and Monsignor O'Hara (junior Mack Lane). Curtis's gang was made up of Joey (junior Cooper Roberts), TJ (7th grader Silas Connell), and Pablo (7th grader Michael Michas). In addition, there were many singing nuns and a variety of colorful characters to fill out the stage and add to this musical comedy.
In addition to the show, each year DWS raises money for Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS, the chosen charity of the International Thespian Society. Between the concession stand, raffle baskets, and even the passing of the offering plate, DWS Thespian Troupe #4441 and Junior Troupe #88863 are proud to have raised over $1800 to donate to our charity. We would like to thank those who contributed their generosity to such a worthy cause.
If you were unable to make it to Sister Act, we are sorry you missed out on this wonderful production. Have no fear, however, we will be back April 20, 21, and 22, 2018, with the thirtieth anniversary of the Deerfield-Windsor Spring Musical and our production of The Little Mermaid. Mark your calendars because you will not want to miss it!