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3250 Riverside Park Drive
Vero Beach, FL 32963
United States

(772) 231-6990

Riverside Theatre is a regionally producing theatre affiliated with Actor's Equity Association, The League of Resident Theatres, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and United Scenic Artists. Riverside Children's Theatre, the educational arm of Riverside, offers classes, camps, and training opportunities in the areas of theatre, dance, music, and video for all ages on a year round basis.

Sister Act

Sister Act

Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Book by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner

One of Broadway’s newest musical comedy smashes, Sister Act is the amazing, high-energy show that has audiences jumping to their feet! Nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Musical and featuring original music by multi-Oscar and Tony Award winner Alan Menken, Sister Act tells the story of disco diva Deloris Van Cartier and the outrageous events that transpire after she witnesses a murder. Placed under protective custody, the cops house her in the last place anyone would think to look: a convent! Disguised as a nun, Deloris uses her unique talents to energize the moribund choir of nuns as they try to win a talent competition. Filled with powerful music and extravagant dancing, Sister Act is a joyous tribute to the power of friendship.

Presenting Sponsor, Bill and Judy Schneebeck


VIDEO

 

Meet some of the cast

In the rehearsal room

Marcia Littlejohn interviews Ron Wisniski  (playing: Monsignor O'Hara)

Musical overview

 

IN THE NEWS

"Gorgeous and filled with talent and big musical entertainment that gets the audience on their feet cheering. Resistance is futile. So sit back and enjoy the dazzle.”
– Read more at Brevard Culture by Pam Harbaugh

"Dazzling costumes, check. Big production numbers, check. Standout performances, check.”
– Read more at TCPalm.com by Angela Smith


PHOTOS


Cast

*Members of the Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

Philip Michael Baskerville* (Curtis Jackson) returns to Riverside Theatre having previously performed as Delray Farrell in Memphis and John Thomas in Miss Saigon. On Broadway, he has performed in The Producers ( O'Houllihan; also the Las Vegas Company at the Paris), CATS (Rum Tum Tugger/Macavity), and Dreamgirls (Concert). Philip's Broadway Tours include Ragtime (1st national), Sunset Boulevard (Artie Green/Cliff), Miss Saigon (1st national/LA), A Chorus Line (Richie)  and Jesus Christ Superstar(Judas/Simon; European Tour). Philip has also performed regionally in Man Of La Mancha (Moor), Oklahoma! (Jud Fry/Cord Elam), Evita (Magaldi), The Who's Tommy (Hawker), Duke Ellington's Sophisticated LadiesSweeney Todd, Les Miserbles, Damn Yankees, Jekyll & Hyde, The Color Purple (World Premiere).

Sara Brophy* (Ensemble / As Cast) is filled with joy to make her Riverside debut with Sister Act!  She made her Broadway debut last summer in the new musical Amazing Grace, and has worked off-Broadway originating roles in Iron Curtain and Chris March’s Butt-Cracker Suite: a Trailer Park Ballet.  Brophy’s last stint in Florida was with the national tour of Damn Yankees, and she couldn’t be more delighted and grateful to be back!  Shout out to her family in Sebastian: I’m finally here!!

Tony Castellanos* (Pablo) is making his Riverside Theatre debut! Credits include My Fair Lady (Lyric Stage Boston), City of Angels (Lyric Stage Boston), In the Heights (Speak Easy Stage), The Drowsy Chaperone (Theatre by the Sea), Man of La Mancha (Seacoast Rep), Jesus Christ Superstar (National Tour). Originally from Phoenix, AZ.  BFA Musical Theatre, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. Vamos hermanos al convento!!!!!

Alicia Charles (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her nun debut! Nat’l Tour: West Side Story 1st Nat’l  (U.S Anita, & Consuela), High School Musical (U.S. Taylor). Regional: TUTS, Flat Rock Playhouse, Paper Mill Playhouse, TOTS, Casa Manana. TV/Film: The Knick (Cinemax), Diamond Soles. Commercial: New Jersey Lottery. BA Dance/Musical Theatre: Marymount Manhattan College. Thanks to MSA & the entire Creative Team! Love to my Family & Bobby!

Madeleine Doherty* (Ensemble / As Cast / Mary Theresa) Broadway: The Producers (original cast), Hold-Me-Touch-Me A; Christmas Carol (original cast); Sister Act (original cast) Sister Mary Theresa; Les Miserables, Mme. Thenadier, Dance Captain; Gigi (original cast revival) u/s Mamita/Alicia. Regional:  The Guthrie Theater, Goodspeed Opera House, Pittsburg Civic Light Opera, Sacramento Music Circus, Kansas City Starlight, North Shore Music Theater, Hollywood Bowl, The York Theater and more. National Tours: Flashdance, Hannah; The Pirates Of Penzance, Edith; 25th Anniversary of Stop The World starring Anthony Newley; 101 Dalmatians and 9 to 5. Madeleine will be on Broadway next in a musical called Gotta Dance, directed by Jerry Mitchell and written by the late Marvin Hamlisch.

Diane Findlay* (Sister Mary Lazarus) Broadway:  Larry David's Fish in The Dark.  New York Credits: Flamingo Court (Angelina), Gay Divorce (Hortense), Minnie’s Boys (Minnie Marx). Encores: Follies, 70 Girls 70. First National Company of Sister Act for which she was nominated for her portrayal of Sister Lazarus and the recipient of the LA Theatre Circle Award 2013. Promises, Promises (Marge McDougal), the International Company of 42ND Street (Maggie Jones). Ms. Findlay has appeared in numerous Regional Theatre productions, most notably as Mother Mucca in A.C.T's production of Tales of the City for which she received a S.F. Bay Area Theatre Circle 2011 Award nomination. Regional Credits: Steel Magnolias (Ouiser), Rev. Mother in Nunsense, Lucile Ball in I Loved Lucy, Spitfire Grill (Hannah), The Full Monty (Jeanette), A Little Night Music (Mdm. Armfeldt), Mame (Mame), Hello Dolly (Dolly Levi), Funny Girl (Mrs. Brice) to name a few.  Television Credits:  Many Daytime Soaps, Pilot, “Middle Ages,” “Friends of the People,” “Law and Order.”  Film Credits: Producers, Gammera, Inside Llewyn Davis. Ms. Findlay is the recipient of the Las Vegas Female Performer of the Year Award for Hallelujah. Thank you Riverside Theatre for inviting me back to be a part of this wonderful production of Sister Act.

Kelsey Flannery (Ensemble) is delighted to be a part of her second mainstage at Riverside this season! She just finished the production of Hello Dolly and earlier this season at Riverside she was seen as Desiree in Poodleful.  She is a graduate of Morehead State University with a BA in Theatre and has also trained at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.  Favorite past shows include Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof, Godspell, and All Shook Up. She’d like to thank her Mom and Dad for their love and support.

Laura Giknis* (Sister Mary Robert) is so excited to be back at Riverside Theatre! Favorite past credits include: Riverside Theatre (Grease), Walnut Street Theatre (High Society/Bad Jews/Grease) Bristol Riverside Theatre (An Enemy of the People, Little Shop of Horrors *Barrymore Nominated Best Actress*, Steel Magnolias, Up, Seasonal Musicales), Arden Theatre Company (Women in Jep), People’s Light and Theatre Co.(Panto: The Three Musketeers, Fallow), Ocean City Theatre Co. (Seussical), 11th Hour Theatre Co.(Reefer Madness, Little Shop of Horrors). Proud AEA member. Thanks to Richard, Ken, Bernard, Allen, the INCREDIBLE cast and crew, and my parents for making the trip out here! Raise Your Voice! YouTube.com/LauraGiknis

Billy D. Hart* (Ensemble / Ernie / As Cast) is glad to return to Vero Beach after flipping his way through last season's Memphis. Nat'l Tours: Elf. Regional: 9 to 5, Memphis, High Society, and A Christmas Story (Walnut Street Theatre), Joseph..., Guys and Dolls, Crazy for You, Anything Goes, Full Monty, Cats. Many thanks to Richard, the Walnut, Riverside, and his family. Proud AEA member. www.BillyDHart.com

Melissa Joy Hart* (Sister Mary Patrick) Riverside debut!  Regional credits include: A Christmas Story, Amadeus, Sound of Music, Phantom, Jacques Brel, Rise and Fall of Little Voice and Sophie Tucker (Walnut Street Theatre), Ragtime, Assassins (Milwaukee Rep), South Pacific (Delaware Theatre Company), Into the Woods (Arden Theatre), Little Mermaid (Fulton Theatre).  Many thanks to Richard Stafford and the entire Riverside crew! Love to MA and Joe…Next big project: Marrying Matty!

Heidi Hayes (Ensemble / As Cast) Happy to be making my Riverside debut! Recent acting:  Uncommon Ground (Bucks County Playhouse), 9 to 5 and Grease (Walnut St. Theatre); Sunrise at Hyde Park (Cherry Grove Arts Center).  Upcoming:  Directing Miss Nelson Has A Field Day (WST Theatre for Kids) in May. Passionate arts educator. Gratitude to the Riverside staff and crew. Richard and Nick, love you more. www.heidihayesonline.com

Katherine Hintz (Ensemble) is a recent college graduate from Atlanta, GA with a degree in Theatre from Samford University. She has also trained at The Second City Chicago. She has performed on stages in Atlanta, Birmingham, and Chicago. Some of her favorite roles include Nora in Assistance, Veronica in God of Carnage, Nina in Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, and Aaronow in Glengarry Glen Ross. She is very excited to be working at Riverside this year as a performance apprentice!

Jesse Jones* (Ensemble / As Cast) is grateful and ecstatic to be returning to Riverside Theater where he made his debut in Memphis. Some Regional credits include: High Society (Walnut St. Theater), Cabaret (Barter Theater), The Wiz (Arkansas Rep), All Shook Up (N. Shore Musical Theater) and the Premier of Jesus Christ Superstar Gospel (Alliance Theater). Jesse has also danced in the operas Aida (Philadelphia Opera Company) and Carmina Burana (Merriam Theater). He has also performed around the world and the U.S. with Disney, and Dance Companies. He thanks God and his Family. Romans 12:12

Justin Keyes* (TJ) Theatre Broadway/Tour: How To Succeed..., The Apple Tree, Mary Poppins, The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee. Regional: The Guthrie, Two River Theatre Company, San Francisco Symphony, Dallas Theatre Center, Kansas City Starlight, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, MUNY, Pittsburgh CLO. Television: “Power," "I Love You, But I Lied," "Gossip Girl.” Education: University of Michigan.

Mary Martello* (Mother Superior) is excited to be back at Riverside Theatre after last year as Mama Calhoun in Memphis. She started her career in Michigan and now makes her home in Philadelphia where she has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra; won five Barrymore Awards; and worked in the theatrical community for 20 years, most recently as Veta Louise in Harvey. Have a peek at marymartello.com.

NaTonia Monet (Ensemble / As Cast / Michelle) a native of Richmond, VA and graduate of Florida State University is excited to be in Sister Act here at Riverside Theatre! NaTonia returned from the International Tour of West Side Story playing the role of Consuela in 2014, followed by Dreamgirls and Saturday Night Fever at North Shore Music Theatre. She was also a featured dancer on one of her favorite shows, “Saturday Night Live” this past fall in a skit with comedian Tracey Morgan. She thanks God, her mom, her GaGa & all creatives for this opportunity. Come along for the ride: visit:www.NaToniaMonet.com

Ellie Mooney* (Ensemble/ Mary Martin-of-Tours/ As Cast) is thrilled to be at Riverside theatre! Recently at Walnut Street Theatre: Harvey (Myrtle Mae Simmons), A Christmas Story (Miss Shields), I Love a Piano (Eileen), The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Little Voice), Mary Poppins (Mrs. Corry), Amadeus (Constanze), 9 to 5 (Margaret). National highlights: The Spitfire Grill (Shelby), Drowsy Chaperone (Kitty), Lend Me a Tenor (Maggie), and the Broadway National Tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Violet). Up Next at Walnut Street Theatre: The Wizard of Oz (Wicked Witch of the West). elliemooney.com

 

Gregory Omar Osbourne (Ensemble / As Cast) is elated to be back at Riverside Theatre with the cast of SISTER ACT! Theatrical Credits: MEMPHIS: The Musical (Riverside Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, & Arkansas Rep.), A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theatre) A Chorus Line & Hairspray (Palace Theatre) Sophisticated Ladies (Broward Stage Door Theatre), My One and Only (Cohoes Music Hall), DREAMGIRLS (Riverside Dinner Theatre). Other Credits include: Doug Elkin’s “Mo(or)town Redux”,  and Revival of David Gordon’s “Shlemiel the First." Many thanks to his mother for her support. Psalm 121: 1  www.dancergregoryosborne.com

Kent Overshown* (Eddie Souther) A native of Oakland, CA and a proud graduate of the University of Michigan, Kent makes his Riverside debut this season. On the concert stage, he has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra in Bernstein’s MASS:  A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers.  Tour credits include The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess (Mingo, The Undertaker; u/s Porgy, Sportin’ Life) and Memphis (Wailin’ Joe; u/s Bobby, Delray, Gator).  Regionally, Kent has appeared at Two River Theatre, Casa Mañana, The MUNY, STAGES St. Louis and Westchester Broadway Theatre.  Endless thanks to Harden-Curtis Associates and to friends and family, without whose love and support he wouldn’t be here.  Dad, this is for you!

Owen Pelesh* (Ensemble / As Cast) is very happy to be back at the Riverside! Previously: Grease. Other theatres include: Walnut Street, Merry-Go-Round, Arrow Rock Lyceum, Theatre By The Sea, People's Light, Kimmel Center, and Act II Playhouse. Proud graduate of Temple University.

Kristyn Pope* (Ensemble / As Cast) is grateful for Richard, Riverside Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, and this wonderful opportunity! Broadway/NYC performances include: White Christmas, Radio City Christmas…, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and Lady, Be Good. Regional performances include: Sophisticated Ladies, The Producers, Oklahoma!, 42nd Street, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Mary Poppins, and Victor/Victoria. BA Psychology, Northwestern University. “I love you mom, my angel. You will always have a place in my heart.” PS100Agape.

Sean Potter (Ensemble) is so thrilled to be joining the cast of Sister Act after just closing Hello Dolly and Poodleful here at Riverside Theater! Originally from New Haven, CT, he is freshly graduated from Pace University's Musical Theatre program where he was seen in Kiss Me, KateAnyone Can WhistleThe Light in the Piazza, and Ryan Scott Oliver's We Foxes. NYC Credits: Fabulous! The Musical as Boy 2 at the Time Square Arts Center. Regional: You're a Good Man Charlie Brown (Charlie Brown), Hairspray (Corny), West Side Story (Big Deal), Annie (Burt Healey). Love to Mom, Dad, family and friends!

Fran Prisco* (Joey) is thrilled to be back at Riverside after appearing last year in Memphis. A Philadelphia native and resident Fran has worked for many of his hometown's regional theatres including The Arden Theatre Co. The Wilma Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, and over 20 productions at the Walnut St. Theatre where this production will run following its presentation here in Vero Beach. He is a founding member of The Summer Club a Rat Pack style show complete with a seventeen piece Big Band! summerclubshows.com. Thanks to Allen and the great staff at this great theatre!

Tara Tagliaferro* (Ensemble / As Cast) is pumped to be back at the Riverside Theatre and back in habit!  Recent credits: Sister Act International/National Tour and North Shore, A Christmas Story at TUTS, H2$ and Grease at the Riverside and Walnut St. Theatres, and the Grinch National Tour.  Love and thanks to the convent, creatives, Patrick, family, and all her sisterhoods on and off stage.  www.taratag.comwww.taratagthecoach.com @taratagtickles

Ian Thomson (Ensemble) is thrilled for his second Riverside Theatre mainstage show this season. Recent credits include: Hello Dolly (Ensemeble), Poodleful (Nigel/Detective Delby), Fiddler on the Roof (Tevye), The Prophet (Metwali), The Burial at Thebes (Haemon), Guys and Dolls (Sky Masterson), and A Month in the Country (Beliaev). Training: BA in Theatre, Davidson College; The British American Drama Academy. He would like to thank his family, friends, and teachers for their support, and of course Riverside Theatre for this wonderful opportunity! 

Dan'yelle Williamson* (Deloris Van Cartier / Sister Mary Clarence) is absolutely THRILLED to make her debut as Deloris Van Cartier! She has appeared on Broadway in MemphisScandalous, and Rocky. Other credits include Nala in the national tour of The Lion King, Lorrell Robinson in Dreamgirls, Nina Simone in Soul Doctor, Trix in the Drowsy Chaperone, and Wicked in Chicago. Dan'yelle made her solo debut with her one-woman show entitled, All Of Me at 54 Below last summer. She is so grateful for this opportunity to shine. Thanks to TMH, family, friends, and DGRW Inc. for their continued support! www.danyellewilliamson.com

Ron Wisniski* (Monsignor O'Hara) has appeared in 18 Riverside productions over the past 25 years.  National tours: Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere), two tours of Annie (FDR) and Tintypes (Teddy Roosevelt).   His other credits number more than 200 plays and musicals at theatres nationwide including Goodspeed Opera House, Walnut Street Theatre, Sacramento Music Circus, Houston TUTS, Paper Mill Playhouse, Kansas City Starlight, AMT San Jose, Dallas Summer Musicals, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO, Arkansas Rep and Arrow Rock Lyceum. He has received a Connecticut Critics Circle Award(two nominations), and is a three-time IRNE Award nominee.  For more, visit www.RonWisniski.com


Creative Team

Director, Choreographer: Richard Stafford
Music Director: Ken Clifton
Scenic Designer: Peter Barbieri
Lighting Designer: Jack Mehler
Costume Designer: Gail Baldoni
Sound Designer: Craig Beyrooti
Casting: Wojcik | Seay Casting
Stage Manager: Amy M. Bertacini*
Assistant Stage Manager: Rebekah Church*