Sister Act


Sister Act

Directed by Justin Smith

Music Direction by Chiaki Ito

Choreography by Elissa Edwards

SHOW DATES:  December 30, 31

January 5-8, 12-15, 19-22

All shows at at

Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts

All shows at 7:30PM except Sundays at 3pm

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ABOUT THE SHOW: 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!

Sarah Holcomb

(Mary Patrick)

Sarah is incredibly excited to be among the nuns having fun for this production. When she isn't on stage, Sarah is usually backstage, doing hair and makeup for various productions. Many thanks to her castmates, crew, Justin and Chiaki for this chance to be on stage for NYE. 

Madison Moss

(Mary Martin-of-Tours)

Madison is a graduate of AMDA in NYC. You may have seen her in RENT, Debbie Does Dallas the Musical, Great American Trailer Park, or Lost Highway. She is a proud Mommy of 3 boys. Thank you to Cullen and her family for taking care of everything so she could do a show. 

Emilia Torello

(Mary Robert)

Emilia is 16 y/o and is so very honored to be a part of such a phenomenal cast. Most recently she was seen in City of Angels (Angel City Four Alto). Many thanks to the cast, crew, and the rest of her loved ones for being wonderful and supportive!

Jerrial Young

(Curtis Jackson)

Jerrial is excited to return to CFTA. Broadway National Tours: Bobby Dupree in Memphis, Store Manager in Elf The Musical, Adrian in Smokey Joes Cafe, Rescue Pack in Go Diego Go Live! Regional: Coalhouse Walker Jr. in Ragtime, Mitch Mahoney in Spelling Bee. He would like to thank his Mom, friends and family. Daddy Ron, this one’s for you!!

Paul Teal

(Sweaty Eddie)

Paul studied acting at The William Esper studio in NYC. Best known for his role, Josh Avery, on One Tree Hill. Local theatre credits include Huey in Memphis, Andrew in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Anthony in Sweeney Todd, Huck in Big River, Burger in Hair, and Mark in Rent.

Michelle Reiff

(Mary Theresa)

Michelle works for Springer-Eubank Co. and has been performing in Wilmington for over 25 years. Recent roles include Grandma Addams in The Addams Family, Mrs. Brill in Mary Poppins, and Storyteller in Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson. She teaches musical theater for Theater Dance Workshop with Judy Greenhut and enjoys working with TACT.

Cindy Colucci

(Mother Superior)

Cindy likes to act.  She can sing a little too. Hope you enjoy the show.

Elissa Edwards


Elissa owns Impulse Dance Project with her partner, Lindsey Bryant. She travels the country and Canada setting work on studios and sharing her knowledge as well as a judge for many prestigious dance competitions. Elissa attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and has been a Capezio ACE Award finalist 3 times. 

Justin Smith


Justin is the artistic director of Cape Fear Theatre Arts. He is a graduate of St. Michael’s College in Vermont. Favorite directing credits include Memphis, RENT, Greater Tuna, Rocky Horror. Favorite roles are Daddy of Noah and wife to Becca.

Khawon Porter


Khawon has a passion for music and performance.  Recent roles include El Gallo in The Fantasticks and Gator in Memphis.  Khawon is proud to be a part of such a phenomenal cast. Other roles include Jim in Big River (Best Actor Musical Award Winner 2014) and Hud in Hair.

Chiaki Ito

(Music Director/Producer/Piano)

Chiaki is the managing director of Cape Fear Theatre Arts.  She is a graduate of UNCSA, UNC-CH, U of Guam, and U of SC.  She is a practicing lawyer and has music directed over 80 shows. This one is for Elvis. &

Barbara Mootoo

(Deloris Van Cartier)

A native of the Bronx, New York, the multi-talented Barbara Mootoo is a graduate of UNCG's Acting and Musical Theatre program, including intensive training from Tony award winning musical director Dominick Amendum. A gifted singer and actress, Barbara has to her credit leading roles in Into the Woods, Memphis, Mr. Burns and A Raisin in the Sun

Sam Robinson


Sam is a Dreams of Wilmington student alumni, and graduate of Laney High. I'm grateful to work with this phenomenal cast and crew. I would like to thank my heavenly father Jehovah, friends, family, associates, and "you" for your support and love. ENJOY THE SHOW!

LaRaisha Burnette


LaRaisha is honored to work with Chiaki, Justin, and friends, old and new. She won Best Actress in a Play (Thalian Assoc.) and Best Actress in a Musical (StarNews), this year for her portrayal of Billie Holiday.  She loves her fiancé, Christian and cat, Gizmo, ttsab.

The Cast of SISTER ACT

Debra Gillingham

(Mary Lazarus)

Debra is grateful to be back on stage with such a talented group of thespians.  Most recently she portrayed Lady Margaret Pole in Mary Tudor and will be directing Cat on a Hot Tin Roof this spring.  Thanks to Chiaki and Justin for including her in the sisterhood; and to her husband Bruce and 3 Belgian sheepdogs for putting up with her theatre addiction.

Anna Gamel


Anna is happy to back on Thalian stage playing with Chiaki and Justin yet again! Some of her more recent credits include SPAMALOT (twice), American Idiot, Bukowsical, Funny Thing Happened...Forum, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, and Reefer Madness. Always grateful to her love Jake, whose support lifts her up to these heights!

Denyse McDonnell


Denyse is so happy to be a nun in this fun show with this JOY of a cast.  Last time she worked with Justin and Chiaki was in Urinetown: The Musical, and this show has been a great pleasure as well.  Love to my bestie, Pat.  He is my life! 

Teri Harding


Many thanks to Justin & Chiaki for the opportunity to play on stage once again... I didn't realize how much I've missed it.  Sharing the stage with old friends and new has been such a treat! Enjoy!!

Courtney Poland


Courtney is thrilled to be making her CFTA debut as a nun. Most recently seen as Luisa in The Fantasticks (THCPA), other favorite credits include Irene Roth in Crazy For You (OHTC), and Kathy Selden in Singin’ in the Rain (Thalian Assoc.). Thank you to Justin, Chiaki, and the cast and crew for a wonderful experience! 

Emma Hutchinson


Emma is a 15 year old freshman at New Hanover High School. She has been performing and dancing since she was 3 years old. Emma is very grateful to be a part of this wonderful cast and show. A huge thanks to Justin, Elissa, and Chiaki for this amazing experience.

Carli Batson


Carli is a native of Wilmington, NC. Recent stage appearances include CFTA’s Memphis and OHTC’s The Will Rogers Follies. She would love to give a huge thank you to Justin, Chiaki, Elissa and all of her Sisters for all that they do! 

Maria Chandler


Maria is a student at CFCC and is excited to be a part of the cast. Recent roles include ensemble of Memphis (CFTA) and Up the Down Staircase as Carole Blanca (Barebones Theater Co.). Maria would like to thank her family for everything they do!

Tammy Sue Daniels


Tammy received her BA in theatre performance from UNCW and has performed in numerous shows in the Wilmington area. She was last seen running tech crew in City of Angels with Opera HouseShe is ecstatic to be working with this amazing cast and crew!

Anthony Cataldo


Anthony is ecstatic to be in another show with Cape Fear Theatre Arts LLC. He made his Wilmington debut in Memphis with CFTA. Anthony is a Junior at UNCG perusing a BFA in Acting with a minor in Musical Theatre. Recent roles include Cinderella's Prince and Wolf in Into the Woods (conducted by Dominick Amendum Wicked – Broadway) and Stuart in UNCG's Caroline or Change.

Tony Rivenbark

(M. O’Hara)

Tony has been appearing on the Wilmington stage since his Thalian Hall debut in 1966. Since then he has appeared in over 170 productions including most recently Norman in On Golden Pond, Scrooge in A Christmas Carol and Franklin in 1776.  He has been nominated for Best Actor for his most recent role in It’s Only A Play.  

Quinn Gonzalez


Quinn is thrilled to return to Cape Fear Theatre Arts!  Favorite roles include, Charlie in Willy Wonka (Thalian Assoc.), Young Clyde in Bonnie and Clyde (City Stage Co.) and Memphis (CFTA).  He would like to thank Justin, Chiaki, Elissa and the cast and crew.

Cameron Vanderhaar


Cameron attends Trask Middle School, has won numerous awards in dance. He has been performing since the age of seven. He currently competes with Impulse Dance Project and holds the title for Junior Mr. Adrenaline. Cam is pleased to make his stage debut with CFTA. Cameron would like to thank Justin, Chiaki, Elissa, Debbie, Cathy and cast.

Terrill Williams


Lily Zukerman


Lily is a senior in the New Hanover High School Lyceum Academy, and has been performing for 14 years! Some favorite roles include: Miranda in The Tempest, Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest, and Tina Denmark in Ruthless! The Musical. Thanks so much for supporting local theatre, we're glad you're here!

Debbie Scheu

(Costume Design)

A product of Catholic School, it’s a delight to be hanging out with NUNS again.  Previously costuming The Sound of Music and Nunsense, these designs have become quite a habit.  God bless the cast and crew.  Thanks Justin and Chiaki for including me in your 2016 production. 

Steve Gallian


Robin Heck


Robin was most recently seen in HairBloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Reefer Madness, Cabaret (Frenchie), and The Rocky Horror Show with CFTA.  She is thrilled to be back for another New Year's Eve on stage!  Favorite roles include: Olive in the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Jemima in Cats, and Anna in Spring Awakening. 

Chris Conner


Chris is super happy to ring in 2017 with another amazing cast and crew. His recent performances include Spamalot, Bonnie and Clyde the Musical, and HAIR. Huge thanks to Justin and Chiaki for the opportunity. RAISE YOUR VOICE and SPREAD THE LOVE AROUND!

Cathy Street

(Stage Manager)

Cathy is thrilled to be working with CFTA on Sister Act. She recently moved from Nashville, TN where she founded and was Artistic Director of Street Theatre Company for ten years, directing numerous shows including favorites In the Heights, Memphis, Dogfight, and Evita.

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