Fans of community theater and feel good musicals shouldn’t miss Windham Center Stage’s production of “Sister Act”, which opened on Friday, October 19 to a large, appreciative crowd.
“Sister Act” tells the hilarious, high energy tale of an aspiring singer on the run from her sinister married lover. Hidden in a convent, her infectious personality can’t be contained, and she transforms their lackluster choir into a glitzy, showstopping group that just might save the failing church.
What always strikes me most about Windham Center Stage is the true feeling of community in the room. This company knows what community theater should be, and support from the community is clear. The program is filled with expressions of gratitude – from the show’s sponsor, Erik’s Church, to the volunteers and local businesses who donated goods and services. The love of theater and putting on a great show shines through in every detail of the production.
This show had a large cast, but the stage never seemed too crowded, and the cast made good use of all available space. The pace and flow were just right from the very first number. On opening night, the sound system seemed to have a few issues, with some static and popping from the speakers, and mics that appeared not to be working properly at times. But despite those technical issues, the energy of the cast kept the show moving forward and the audience engaged.
Musical numbers were lively and engaging, and there was a wealth of talent on stage. Large ensemble numbers were well coordinated and fun to watch, with choreography that added energy and fun to each scene. Vocally, the cast blended well, though at times lyrics were difficult to make out clearly.
Solo and small ensemble numbers offered both insight into these characters and a chance for individual cast members to shine. Characters were well developed, and each cast member seemed to make his or her character – no matter how big or small - their own.
Sister Act runs through October 28, with performances on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the door prior to the show.