Actors in Boyle Heights give stellar performance

 

Nun of us—Sent to a convent under a witness protection program, Deloris Van Cartier, played by Jacquelin Lorraine Schofield, teaches a choir of nuns how to “stand and sing with pride,” during “Raise Your Voice.”

By Jose Cabrera

Laughter and joy filled up the night sky in the community of Boyle Heights. The opening of  the musical “Sister Act” began on Friday at the Casa 0101 Theater and it did not disappoint.

Every moment of the play was enjoyable and a great performance was given by the entire cast of the play.

The plot is about a murder that the main character Deloris Van Cartier, played by Jacquelin Lorraine Schofield, witnessed  being committed by her mobster boyfriend Curtis Jackson played by Marco Infante.

Deloris reports to the police about her boyfriend’s crime and is willing to testify against him.

Realizing that Deloris could get killed, Officer Eddie Souther, played by Caleb Green, places her in witness protection and is sent to The City of Angels Church to hide from her boyfriend until her court date which is going to take a year.

The change of scenery is something new for Cartier because the life of a nun is something she is not accustomed to.

She is greeted by Mother Superior, played by Beverly Crain, and Monsignor O’Hara of the church.

Quick to realize, Mother Superior points out that Cartier will be a bad influence to the other nuns and the church, which is struggling with financial issues and at risk of closing down due to low turnout within the community.

Mother Superior gives her a chance and hopes that Deloris can give a small spark to the church in a good way.

Cartier quickly begins with the choir and provides lessons to help them find their momentum.

Throughout their session, the women share great moments with each other and enjoy every performance with each other.

The women have the time of their lives and people begin to pour into the church and see the new look of the choir.

More publicity is given to the church and Deloris realizes that too much air time is going to get her noticed by Curtis, which it does.

Poised to fight Curtis and his goons, the girls unite together to fend off the mobster. The scene provided a great chase that sparked laughter in the theater.

Every moment of the chase was well played by the cast and it ended on a positive note. The girls managed to overcome the goons when Officer Eddie Souther comes in to save the girls.

The play ends in style as the girls put on the last performance that the audience will never forget. The audience roared with cheers as the play’s final act was finishing up.

Lead actor Schofield gives an outstanding performance in the role of Deloris Van Cartier. Schofield showed passion in her role and her choreography was on point.

Schofield also provided great punch lines that got the crowd laughing.

Her vocal parts were tremendous and on point that it had the audience  hooked.

The rest of the cast put out a stellar performance as well.

This show is well worth the time and people will have a good time watching the play. It’s also within the community of Boyle Heights for those that love to explore their communities.

“Sister Act” will run until May 19. Showtimes are on Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 4 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased online. Casa 0101 Theater is located at 2102 E. First St.

CASA 0101 Theater is located at 2102 East First Street (at St. Louis Street), Boyle Heights, CA  90033.  To purchase tickets to see SISTER ACT, please call the Box Office at 323.263.7684 or buy online at www.casa0101.org

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