Disco Version of "Sister Act" Hitting UMD Stage

Updated: April 16, 2019 09:21 AM

UMD's latest production features nuns, disco and musical gold. Director Bill Payne believes it'll bring a range of emotions to audience members. 

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"You will laugh, you will cry and you will be inspired," he says.

'Sister Act' begins Thursday, April 18 at the Marshall Performing Arts Center. The stage adaption is based largely on the 1992 movie. However, Doris Carter, who is put into a witness protection program as Deloris Van Cartier, is a wannabe disco star instead of a singer. She's in the program because she witnessed a murder. To protect her identity, she's placed in a convent; a setting that she's not used to.

The music in the play was done by well-known composer Alen Menken. Payne says he was inspired by artists like Donna Summer, The Bee Gees and Barry White.

Actors who portray nuns in the play did background research on their parts by meeting with The Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica for a couple of hours. 

"It was a wonderful experience to have the actors meet people that can inspire them to play the role," Payne says.

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