“Sister Act,” the comedy musical about a nightclub singer who goes into hiding as a nun after witnessing a murder, is coming to Prior Lake High School next weekend.

The show begins Thursday at 7 p.m. and runs at the same time on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are available through the high school’s website and at the door.

The musical is inspired by the 1992 film of the same name that starred Whoopi Goldberg as Deloris Van Cartier, the out-of-place singer who goes into witness protection to help prosecute the murder and in the meantime transforms a convent’s choir into a neighborhood fixture and national sensation. The movie also stars Maggie Smith as the convent’s leader and Kathy Najimy as one of its members.

Prior Lake senior Emily Lein, who will perform as Deloris, joked that she’s seen the movie a few thousand times at least and said she was ecstatic when she found it was the school’s fall musical selection.

“Whoopi Goldberg was basically the crazy aunt I wish I had,” Lein said, but the appeal also goes further, with a story about coming together and struggling to become a better person. “She goes from being extremely selfish to finding out there’s more in the world.”

School artistic director Philip Hoks directs the production with Lein’s mother, Michele Lein, as assistant director. Michele Lein said around 120 students were involved in the show onstage, in the pit orchestra or behind the scenes.

Hoks said the show is based on a heartwarming story of friendship rather than a love story, though Deloris in the musical also shares a romance with Eddie, the police officer trying to protect her, that isn’t included in the movie.

“The cast has done some amazing, amazing work,” Hoks said.

Lucky Nguyen, a junior who plays Eddie, said the theater program has given him all of his closest friends, and he’s excited for his first leading role in the program.

“It’s such a fun show,” Nguyen added. “There’s so much energy.”

Tickets cost $10 for adults and $7 for students and are for reserved seats.

Michele Lein encouraged anyone interested to get tickets online rather than at the door for a smoother process. They can be found at plhsactivities.org under the “Activities,” then “Theatre” tabs.

Community editor

Dan Holtmeyer is the community editor for the Prior Lake and Savage papers. He grew up in Nebraska and worked as a journalist in Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas before coming to Minnesota in 2018.


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