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Apple Tree Arts Stages “Sister Act”

Grafton, Mass. Aug. 14, 2017 .  . Apple Tree Arts presents “Sister Act,” an inspirational, musical comedy showcasing the talents of 19 actors on Friday, Aug. 18, 7 p.m. at Grafton High School, 24 Providence Road in Grafton. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors/students. The show is appropriate for PG audiences. Tickets will be sold at the door.

Based on the popular 1992 film, the hilarious musical tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a disco diva who witnesses a murder and is placed in protective custody in a convent disguised as a nun. Deloris rebels against the strictness of her new life but soon discovers she is having a blast teaching the nuns how to sing and her outrageous disco moves. She quickly makes steadfast friends who do their best to save her from Curtis, her gangster boyfriend and his thugs who eventually find her in the convent.

The two-act musical is directed by the nonprofit community school of the arts’ theatre arts director Lisa Scarlett with associate directors Noelle Scarlett, Ashley Scarlett, Teddy Kiristy and Andrew Baker. “We’re excited to produce this newly available musical that has lots of good humor, catchy-fun music and a disco flavor to it” said Lisa Scarlett. “The show with original music by Alan Menken, a Tony and eight time Oscar winner, has not been staged locally. The play set in the 1970s is action-packed with upbeat music,” Scarlett added.

Cast members are from Auburn, Acton, Grafton, Shrewsbury, Sutton and Worcester.

Actors include Karly Lenoard as Deloris Van Cartier;  Ava McLean and Caroline Skerry act as Deloris’ back-up singers; Zachary Fuller as Curtis, Deloris’ gangster boyfriend; Sabrina Woolf as TJ, a thug and homeless person; Brandon Whiton as thug Ernie, a homeless person, a cab driver, altar server and a pool player; Katie Perrotta as Joey, a gangster and a homeless person; Annika Alves as Pablo, a gangster; Maya Huggins as a police officer; Abby Thornton as a prostitute;  Gabe Travers as Eddie, a police officer and Deloris’ admirer; Liv Curnen as Mother Superior; Gabby Costa as Monsignor O’Hara; Jillian Barrett as Sister Mary Patrick; Emma Fettig as Sister Mary Robert; Juliana Kallio as Sister Mary Lazarus; Melissa Perron as Sister Mary Martin-Of-Tours; Daniela Graffeo as Sister Mary Theresa, newscaster and a drag queen; Cora Descheneaux as a waitress and Abby Thornton and Maya Huggins as bar patrons. Nuns are portrayed by Cora Descheneaux, Daniela Graffeo, Maya Huggins, Ava McLean, Caroline Skerry and Abby Thornton.

The musical features popular songs like “Take Me to Heaven,” “Here Within These Walls,” “I Could be That Guy,” and “Sunday Morning Fever.”

Founded in 1989, Apple Tree Arts is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization that has grown to serve over 1,000 children and adults annually with early childhood music classes, group keyboard lessons, private music and voice instruction, ensembles and theatre arts programs. The school provides a wide range of performances, special community musical and theatre arts events year-round.  For more information, visit www.appletreearts.org