Thingamajig Theatre’s ‘Sister Act’ opens Saturday at PSCA

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Thingamajig Theatre Company’s “Sister Act” cast includes, from left, Boni McIntyre as Mother Superior, Sarita Amani Nash as Deloris and Marcus Desion as Eddie. Tickets are available at pagosacenter.org.

By Cynda Green
Special to The PREVIEW

Pagosa Springs must be in need of extra prayers and extra laughs this summer. The musical “Sister Act,” produced by Curtains Up Pagosa’s community theater group, played for two weekends ending July 1. Now, Pagosa’s premier regional theater, Thingamajig Theatre Company, opens its professional production of “Sister Act” this Saturday, July 15, at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.

It will be a blessed event. And a blast.

The multitalented Boni McIntyre is not only Thingamajig’s resident music director, but also director of “Sister Act” and plays Mother Superior. From my observation, McIntyre is handling her theatrical duties with ease and even had time to talk about the production.

“The important thing for audiences to know is that ‘Sister Act’ the musical is not ‘Sister Act’ the movie (Whoopi Goldberg). It has some of the same plot lines — our main character, Deloris, is in trouble because she sees a murder she shouldn’t have seen, and is being chased — but it’s very different from the movie. It doesn’t take place in the ’80s but takes place in the ’70s so we get to honor all that great disco music and the music is tremendous.”

The music — part disco, part blues, part soul — is by Alan Menken, who also wrote the score for previous Thingamajig productions “Beauty and the Beast” and last summer’s “The Little Mermaid.”

McIntyre continued, “The costumes will be the ’70s big collars and big platform boots and disco hair.”

“Sister Act” is about Deloris Van Cartier, a Philly disco diva wannabe who inadvertently witnesses her mobster boyfriend, Curtis, committing a murder. Deloris reports the murder to the authorities, who in turn hide her in a local convent from the revengeful Curtis and his thugs. All havoc breaks loose in the convent as disco diva Deloris and Mother Superior clash, and the nuns warm up to replacing their traditional music habits with their newly discovered inner-disco.

NYC-based actor Sarita Amani Nash plays Deloris. “I feel both inspired and challenged by Deloris,” she said.

“She’s bold, talented and confident, but she also has a great personal journey throughout the show.”

Another NYC-based actor, Marcus Desion, plays Lt. Eddie Souther, who has had a crush on Deloris ever since high school.

“This is one of my dream roles,” he said. “I’ve wanted to play Sweaty Eddie ever since I saw ‘Sister Act’ on Broadway, and to play it here in Pagosa means the world to me. I have an amazing Deloris in Sarita Nash, and Boni is an amazing director.”

McIntyre was asked if “Sister Act” would appeal to a good Catholic.

Her reply was, “Yes! We mock Catholicism from a place of love, and treat it with respect.”

McIntyre offered some final thoughts: “Thingamajig’s artistic director, Tim Moore, did an awesome job selecting our company this season. They are so smart and intuitive as actors they make my job seem easy.”

The professional cast and crew hails from all parts of the country, as well as Jamaica.

“If you come to ‘Sister Act’ in a bad mood, you’ll leave in a good one,’ McIntyre said. “It’s uplifting.”

“Sister Act” plays in repertory throughout the summer with three other musicals: “Aida,” “Hairspray” and “Big River.” For tickets and more information, visit pagosacenter.org, email info@pagosacenter.org or call 731-7469.

“Sister Act,” presented by Thingamajig Theatre Company, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glen Slater, book by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner and additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane, features scenic design by Nick Kargel, lighting design by Laine Wong, sound design by Hannah Shutt, music direction by McIntyre, choreography by Paul Thiemann, costume design by Adrienne Young, properties by Tanya Quinn and stage management by KC Caimi.

Thingamajig Theatre is a professional nonprofit 501(c)3 theater in residence within the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts producing musicals, comedies and dramas year-round.

This story was posted on July 13, 2017.