‘Sister Act’ comes to Lakeville stage

“Sister Act,” presented by The Play’s The Thing Productions, runs May 12-21 at the Lakeville Area Arts Center. (Photo submitted)

Things are getting a little wild down at the convent. And the nuns’ choir is acquiring some serious gospel-music chops.

The Play’s The Thing Productions is set to present “Sister Act,” a stage adaptation of the hit 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg, May 12-21 at the Lakeville Area Arts Center.

The musical comedy follows disco diva Deloris Van Cartier (played in the film by Goldberg) as she’s placed in protective custody in a convent after witnessing a murder.

“She finds herself at odds with (the nuns’) incredibly rigid lifestyle and she’s not getting along with Mother Superior,” explained Dayna Railton, the show’s director and producer. “The only place she fits in is the choir, and she basically breathes new life into this failing choir.”

Though the premise is the same as the 1992 film, the stage version of “Sister Act” differs in that it uses an adapted script, and the music isn’t the same as the movie’s.

Railton said the adapted script is in many ways funnier than the original, because it manages to flesh out some of the characters that were presented in a cursory manner in the film.

Especially humorous in the stage version, she said, is the depiction of the inept mobsters who are searching for Van Cartier.

“It’s a fantastic script — ­ the ridiculously stupid mobsters, the goons, they are just hilarious,” she said.

Show times for “Sister Act” are 7:30 p.m. May 12-13 and 19-20, and 2 p.m. May 14 and 21. Tickets are $15 and are available at www.LakevilleAreaArtsCenter.com and by calling 952-985-4640.

“Sister Act” is one of several musicals The Play’s The Thing plans to present in coming months. “The Lion King,” featuring a cast of child actors, will play the Mraz Center at Burnsville High School in June.

In August, the Lakeville-based theater group will stage the pop musical “Cyrano de BurgerShack,” with a mostly teenage cast, at the Mraz Center and at Caponi Art Park in Eagan. Also in August, an adult cast of TPTT actors will present the classic musical “Anything Goes” at the Mraz Center.

More about these shows, including audition information, is at www.theplaysthethingproductions.com.