Sister Act at the Arvada Center for Performing Arts is a musical that ends on October 2, 2016. I am so glad I got to see the musical last night. We were in the third row from the stage and I felt as if I was in the middle of all that was going on. In 1992, Whoopi Goldberg played the part of the nightclub singer in a movie by the same name.
The story is about a singer who sees her boyfriend shoot someone and the police hide her in a convent under a witness protection plan. She becomes friends with the nuns and makes the solemn and off key choir become a swinging and jiving group. The choir saves the church from being sold as the boyfriend looks for her to kill her so she cannot testify to his dastardly deed. Many funny lines and actions as the musical moved from scene to scene.
Twenty-three great songs were belted out, there was lots of dancing and super acting. Three things impressed me: (1) how a policeman's uniform is torn off, literally torn off, to have him in a sparkling red and white outfit while he sings a jazzy tune. Then, that outfit is torn off and he is back in his policeman uniform. Very clever how they were able to change costumes without him ever leaving the stage. (2) how the sets slid on and off to become a bar scene, a church, a bedroom and a police station. (3) how the musicians are underneath the stage, yet the music is loud and clear.
The standing ovation was well deserved, as they sang their final song. Costumes were flashy for everyone except for the nuns in their black and white habits.
After the play, as some of the actors were leaving the theater, I managed to talk to a few of them and compliment them on a great performance. The man wanted by the police was played by a large actor, and as he was headed out of the theater he was kind enough to let me take his picture.
A fun and exciting evening with three friends and we all commented on how great the musical had been.
"Watch your attitude
or you may be headed
for the smoking section
of the after life!"
Mother Superior to Delores in Sister Act