Sister Act: The Musical

A Musical by Bill Steinkellner and Cherie Steinkellner

Directed by Audrey Lauren Standish (Wax)

Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the 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 uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase, only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood.

Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story, Sister Act will leave audiences breathless. The cast is chock full of amazing roles for women of all ages, making this a perfect choice for high schools and community theatres. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is reason to REJOICE!

Produced by Edgewood College Theatre at Edgewood College's Diane Ballweg Theatre, 1000 Edgewood College Drive, Madison

Performances: February 24 - March 5, 2022

Performance Times:
Feb. 24, 25, 26 and March 3, 4, at 7:30 pm and March 5 at 2 pm

Ticket Prices: $10-15

Call 608-663-6710 for reservations or more information.

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Auditions will be held on the following days:


Auditions are open to everyone in our community. We selected Sister Act to work in partnership with our community members and theatre friends.

Note: Masks will be worn in all campus buildings and at the audition. Shields will not be allowed.

Auditions: November 22 and 23 from 7-10 pm
Where: Diane Ballweg Theatre
Time: November 22 and 23 from 7-10pm (individual appointments and one group dance call) Show Dates: Feb. 24-March 5, 2022

Additional Dance Clinic: There will be a dance clinic on November 6 from 7-9 pm in the Diane Ballweg Theatre. This clinic will be a fun gathering and will help people prep for their upcoming audition (attendance not required). The link:

Audition Information:
Auditions are open to everyone. You do not need to be an Edgewood College student to audition, community members are welcome.

For auditions, please prepare 1 minute of a musical theatre song in the style of the show. Preferably NOT from the show. Have your music in your proper key, marked, back-to-back, three-holed punched and in a three-ring binder and accompanist will be provided. We will allow individuals to sing acapella, but one should anticipate vocalizing exercises.

Performers who would like to be considered for a lead role must also prepare a 1-minute comedic monologue in addition to their 1 minute of music.

Wear loose and comfortable clothing and shoes for the audition.

On Nov. 23 our first 30 minutes will be an open call. This is for people who want to participate but might not have a song prepared or might find the process intimidating. During this open call we will work with you on vocalizations. No need to prepare, no need to sign up! Come as you are and we will work with you. This audition is open to ALL from 7-7:30 pm. If you attend open call for vocalizations, you will still need to attend the dance portion of auditions.

The Signup link is now available here or check our Diane Ballweg Theatre Facebook Page or our Edgewood College Theatre website at

Rehearsals will start Jan.18, 2022.


Character Breakdown
Deloris Van Cartier
An aspiring performer, trying to find both fame and a place in the world. When forced to hide in the convent, she initially refuses to embrace her new lifestyle but learns to embrace it when she works with the choir. Loud-mouthed, and sassy, but ultimately caring.
Gender: female
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: F#5
Vocal range bottom: E3

Mother Superior
The head of the convent, sarcastic and a bit stiff. Extremely protective about keeping her sisters away from the outside world, which puts her in direct opposition to Deloris and her musical teachings.
Gender: female
Age: 50 to 70
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: D3

Sister Mary Robert
A postulant, abandoned as a baby and raised at the convent. Shy and soft-spoken, but singing with Deloris lets her find her voice. Her wallflower lifestyle has made her live a shell of a life.
Gender: female
Age: 16 to 25
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: F#3

Sister Mary Patrick
A nun of the convent. Consistently perky, enthusiastic, and easily excitable.
Gender: female
Age: 35 to 50

Sister Mary Lazarus
A nun of the convent and the head of the choir. Rather deadpan and the least welcoming of any of the nuns, but she gets caught up in Deloris's soul music.
Gender: female
Age: 50 to 70
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: F3

Monsignor O'hara
One of the heads of the convent. Constantly concerned with financial matters, though soul music surprisingly puts him in a different mood.
Gender: male
Age: 45 to 60
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: E3

A club owner, notorious gangster, and Deloris's boyfriend. Cocky and controlling, always on the verge of violence.
Gender: male
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: Ab4
Vocal range bottom: A2

Eddie Souther
The desk chief at the Philadelphia police station and a high school classmate of Deloris who helps get her into hiding. Faces a lot of nerves when under pressure, causing him to sweat profusely. He still yearns for Deloris after all these years, and dreams of being her hero.
Gender: male
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: Ab2

Curtis's nephew and one of his thugs. Deft and cognizant of the fact, constantly in a state of ignorant bliss.
Gender: male
Age: 16 to 30
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: Db3

One of Curtis's thugs. Believes himself to be quite the ladies' man.
Gender: male
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: Bb2

One of Curtis's thugs. A natural follower, constantly speaks in Spanish.
Gender: male
Age: 25 to 40
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: C4

Sister Mary Martin-of-tours
A nun of the convent. Clearly in her own world, but has her moments of surprising clarity.
Gender: female
Age: 40 to 60

Sister Mary Theresa
A nun of the convent, the oldest of the group. Decrepit at a glance, but secretly packs a punch.
Gender: female
Age: 60 to 70

One of Deloris's back-up singers. Lippy and always quick with a retort.
Gender: female
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3

One of Deloris's back-up singers. A little naive.
Gender: female
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: Ab3

One of Curtis's thugs. Initially thought to be a mindless yes-man, he turns out to be an undercover police informant.
Gender: male
Age: 25 to 35

Nuns; Bar Denizens (Bar Patron, Waitress, Pool Player, Drag Queen); Homeless People; Fantasy Dancers

COVID-19 Policy: All performers must be fully vaccinated by the opening of Sister Act The Musical and they must have received their first dose of the vaccination by the first rehearsal. Note: We are working to make vaccination mandatory by the first rehearsal. Since we are part of a college, everything takes time to implement. Our campus is 90% vaccinated.