Lake Forest Drama Club to perform comedy musical

FELTON — Golden Globe nominated film “Sister Act” will soon appear in an auditorium nearby, according to teachers in the Lake Forest High School music department.

“It’s been a while since Lake put on a full musical,” Chorus and Theatre Director Elise Matalavage said. “It’s exciting and the community support has been amazing.”

Almost 40 students are involved in “Sister Act,” including a 13-member cast, about 10 students on the crew and another 14 making up the band. While theatre students involved in the show get extra credit, all students are volunteers, according to the directors.

Ms. Matalavage, or Ms. M. as her students call her, joined the Lake Forest staff just this school year after graduating from Lycoming College in Pennsylvania.

“It was fun to come into a program where the kids are hungry and the community is hungry,” she said. “I really wanted to make something special here.”

Band Director Chris Patterson said he has been excited to watch the program go from an idea to a musical to be seen by the community.

“‘Sister Act’ is big. He brought it to me and I thought, ‘Why not,’” Ms. Matalavage said.

The musical will include all of the characters fans of the 1992 movie came to know and love such as Deloris, Mary Lazarus, Mother Superior, Bishop O’Hara and, of course, a choir full of nuns.

Assistant Student Director Dominique Borchers and other students hope those in the audience will enjoy watching as much as they have enjoyed working on the comedy.

General admission tickets can be purchased at the door for $10. Tickets for students and seniors are $5 each. The show will run at 7 p.m. April 6-8.

“Our biggest goal right now is to get the community more involved. I think once our community sees it, I think they’ll want to get involved,” Ms. Matalavage said. “Next year, we hope to have a choreographer. Right now, we are student-run, which is amazing, too.”

 

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