To follow up the recent Scotty McCreery show, Community Concerts will bring another nationally known show to the area with the Broadway Touring show, Sister Act. On stage at the Crown Theatre on Nov. 14, the performance of Sister Act is based on the 1992 film of the same name starring Whoopi Goldberg as a lounge singer sent to a convent as part of the witness protection program. The original stage show of Sister Act debuted on Broadway in 2011 after a successful run on London’s West End.
Making her national tour debut, actress Kerissa Arrington was quick to express her love for the overall story of Sister Act.
“The musical is very similar to the movie and it tells such an amazing story…the crowds always enjoy it so much. In the end, it is a story about God and what He can do to change someone’s life around,” she explained.
Arrington performs in the central role of Delores Van Cartier that was made famous on the big screen by Goldberg. Arrington describes the central character Delores as a “wannabe diva, aspiring singer... who influences all the nuns to find their voice and in doing so finds her own.” Arrington said her time in the role has been, “One of the biggest learning experiences of my life; it is one of the biggest roles that I have ever played… It has been the most amazing experience.”
Arrington was very passionate in her plea to get the community to come and see this show.
“You are going to be able to get everything in one: acting, singing and dancing. It is all live and live theatre is the best experience of talent that you can get. Sister Act is a fun-loving, family oriented, all ages show. You can’t go wrong with Sister Act.”
Also a part of the touring cast of Sister Act is actor Patrick Clanton. Like Arrington, Clanton is also making his national tour debut with the show. Prior to joining the tour, Clanton, a native of Garner, N.C., graduated from Elon University. He expressed a nervous excitement at the prospect of performing in front of a hometown audience.
“I am excited to come back home and for all of my friends and family to see the show… To know that there are people out there who are rooting for you, to cheer you on and support you is a wonderful feeling that you don’t get too often,” he said. “To be honest, I might shed a tear or two with that added emotion.”
According to Clanton, the show will be very similar to the one that garnered great reviews in New York,
“The tour is very faithful to what was on Broadway; you are getting the Broadway experience in Fayetteville… Every audience has reacted with such joy,” he said. “I have never been in a show where the audience just leapt to their feet as soon as the show was done and I have never heard an audience cheer and laugh as much and as often as they do in this show.”
The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are still available at Ticketmaster.com and the Crown Complex Box office. For more information, please go to www.community-concerts.com.
Photo: top left, Sister Act on stage at the Crown Theatre Nov. 14; middle right, Clanton; bottom left, Arrington.