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North Shore Music Theatre Presents SISTER ACT, Beginning Tonight

Get ready to rejoice! SISTER ACT, the gloriously funny five-time Tony-nominated musical, is taking the stage at Bill Hanney's award winning North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT). SISTER ACT will begin tonight, November 3, and plays thru Sunday, November 15. Press/Opening Night is scheduled for Wednesday, November 4 at 7:30 pm.

"I know our audiences will love the infectious joy of Sister Act. As a producer, it always pleases me when a show fills the theatre with cheers and laughter and leave the audience wanting to come back and see it all again," said NSMT owner and producer Bill Hanney. "Sister Act is the perfect 'feel good' family show to end the 2015 musical subscription season. Audiences will leave the show excited to subscribe to the just announced 2016 season which kicks off in June and includes Funny Girl, Mary Poppins, Singin' in the Rain, Monty Python's Spamalot, and West Side Story."

SISTER ACT is the international smash hit musical based on the mega-hit 1992 film that starred Whoopi Goldberg. When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in one place the cops are sure she won't be a found: a convent. Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and the uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique talents to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church, but in doing so blows her cover. Soon it is nun-on-the-run time but she finds salvation in the heavenly power of her newly found sisterhood.

SISTER ACT is written by multi-Emmy Award-winners Cheri and Bill Steinkellner ('Cheers'), with additional material contributed by additional book material by Tony and Olivier Award-nominee Douglas Carter Beane. SISTER ACT features all new original music by Tony and 8-time Oscar-winner Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors, Aladdin) and lyrics by Glenn Slater (School of Rock, Leap of Faith, Love Never Dies, Tangled) with a vast inspiration of musical styles from Motown, soul and funk to great big disco anthems and Barry White inspired musical comedy.

The cast of SISTER ACT will be led by Jeannette Bayardelle as Deloris Van Cartier and Ellen Harvey as Mother Superior. The cast also features Avionce (TJ), Brent Bateman (Joey), Kyle Robert Carter (Eddie Souther), Jennie Joefree (Sister Mary Patrick), Tina Johnson (Sister Mary Lazarus), Nikko Kimzin (Pablo), Jonathan Kirkland (Curtis Jackson), Richard Pruitt (Monsignor O'Hara), and Lael Van Keuren (Sister Mary Robert).

The ensemble includes Anthony Alfardo, Stephanie Burkett Gerson, Nick Cirillo (Ernie), Patrick Clanton, Katie Finan, Victoria Huston-Elem, Molly Keane-Dreyer, Mary Claire King (Michelle), Rebecca Kuznick, Caitlin Mesiano, Wonu Ogunfowora (Tina), Ellen Peterson, and Tara Tagliaferro (Sister Mary Martin-Of-Tours),

SISTER ACT will be directed and choreographed by Kevin P. Hill. The creative team also includes Andrew Bryan (Musical Director), Nate Bertone (Scenic Design), Jeff Hendry (Original Costume Design), Paula Peasley-Ninestein (Costume Coordinator/Resident Costume Designer), Richard Latta (Lighting Design), Leon Rothenberg (Sound Design), Gerard Kelly (Wig and Hair Design), Eileen F. Haggerty (Production Stage Manager), Amanda M. Stuart (Assistant Stage Manager), Adrian Ries (Assistant Music Director), and Binder Casting (Casting). SISTER ACT is produced for North Shore Music Theatre by Bill Hanney (Owner/Producer), Kevin P. Hill (Artistic Director), and Tom Amos (Associate Producer).

Tickets for the SISTER ACT are priced from $54 - $79. Performances are November 3 - 15, Tue - Thurs at 7:30 pm, Fri & Sat at 8 pm, matinees Wed, Sat and Sun at 2 pm. Kids 18 and under save 50% on 'Family Fridays'- November 6 & November 13 at 8 pm. For tickets and information call (978) 232-7200, visit www.nsmt.org, or visit the box office in person at 62 Dunham Rd., Beverly, MA. SISTER ACT is sponsored by Beverly Bank.

Additional Free Audience Enrichment events: Meet the Theatre: post-show audience discussion with the artists on November 10 after the 7:30 pm performance and November 14 after the 2 pm performance; OUT at the North Shore, an evening for the Gay and Lesbian Community with a post-show reception (sponsored in part by Ryan & Wood Inc.) on November 12 after the 7:30 pm performance.

The 2015 Musical Season concludes with 25th Annual Production of A Christmas Carol (December 4 - 23), starring David Coffee as Ebenezer Scrooge.


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