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Aug. 16 to Aug. 18, 2021
Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Glenn Slater, Book by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner, Additional Book Material by Douglas Carter Beane

About the Play/Event

Director: Rovin Jay, Musical Direction by Stephen Olear, Choreography by Sonya L. Randall
Run: Aug. 16 — Aug. 18, 2021 / Performs Oct. 23 - Nov. 20, 2021


MUSIC: Alan Menken
LYRICS: Glenn Slater
BOOK: Cheri Steinkellner & Bill Steinkellner, additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane 




RUN: Oct. 23 – Nov 20, 2021

Fridays & Saturdays 8pm, Sundays at 2pm. Special performances on Thursday and Sunday nights may be added for private parties and special events.

This is a community theater production.  Non-Equity.  There is no pay. 

At this time, all volunteers including actors must be fully vaccinated to participate in shows.

Open Call:

Dates: Monday, August 16th and Tuesday, August 17th, 2021

Times: 7pm – 9pm

Location: Long Beach Playhouse  


Date and Time: 

Wednesday August 18, 7pm – 11pm, by invitation only.


First Read-Through: Saturday August 21st Noon to 4pm

Regular Rehearsal: Starts Monday August 23rd – Thursday October 21st

Monday through Thursday nights, 7:00pm – 10:00pm 

Saturdays 10:00am – 3:00pm

Location: Long Beach Playhouse




Bring headshot and resume. 

Please bring your vaccination card as written proof of full vaccination to the auditions. Masks will be required at the auditions.

Please be familiar with the show.

At the Open Call – please prepare 16 bars of a Musical Theater song in the style of the show.  Actors maybe be asked to move with the Choreographer.

At the Callbacks – Scene sides will be read, songs from the show will be learned, and a dance callback will be seen.


When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase, only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood.


NOTE: All roles are singing roles.

Most roles also require dancing/moving well.

All ethnicities are strongly encouraged to audition.  All roles are open to any ethnicity unless indicated in the character description.

Deloris Van Cartier (F – 25-35, Ethnicity: African American, Vocal Range: E3-F#5) An aspiring performer, trying to find both fame and a place in the world. When forced to hide in a convent, she initially refuses to embrace her lifestyle but learns to embrace it when she works with the choir. Loud-mouthed, and sassy, but ultimately caring.

Mother Superior (F – 50-70, All Ethnicities, Vocal Range: D3-E5) The head of the convent, sarcastic and a bit stiff. Extremely protective about keeping her sisters away from the outside world, which puts her in direct opposition to Deloris and her musical teachings.

Sister Mary Robert (F – 16-25, All Ethnicities, Vocal Range: F#3-A5) A postulant, abandoned as a baby and raised at the convent. Shy and soft-spoken but singing with Deloris lets her find her voice. Her wallflower lifestyle has made her live a shell of a life.

Sister Mary Patrick (F – 35-50, All Ethnicities) A nun of the convent. Consistently perky, enthusiastic, and easily excitable.

Sister Mary Lazarus (F – 50-70, All Ethnicities, Vocal Range: F3-B4) A nun of the convent and the head of the choir. Rather deadpan and the least welcoming of any of the nuns, but she gets caught up in Deloris’s soul music.

Monsignor O’Hara (M – 45-60, All Ethnicities, Vocal Range: G4-E3) One of the heads of the convent. Constantly concerned with financial matters, though soul music surprisingly puts him in a different mood. Speaks with the soulful bass-baritone of Barry White or a late night R&B radio station DJ.

Curtis (M – 30-40, Ethnicity: African American, Vocal Range: A2-Ab4) A Club owner, notorious gangster, and Deloris’s boyfriend. Cocky and controlling, always on the verge of violence.

Eddie Souther (M – 25-35,  Ethnicity: African American, Vocal Range: Ab2-B4) The desk chief at the Philadelphia police station and a high school classmate of Deloris who helps get her into hiding. Faces a lot of nerves when under pressure, causing him to sweat profusely. He still yearns for Deloris after all these years, and dreams of being her hero.

TJ (M – 16-30, Ethnicity: African American, Vocal Range: Db3-Eb5) Curtis’s nephew and one of his thugs. Deft and cognizant of the fact, constantly in a state of ignorant bliss.

Joey (M – 30-40, All Ethnicities, Vocal Range: Bb2-Eb5) One of Curtis’s thugs. Believes himself to be quite the ladies man.

Pablo (M – 25-40, Ethnicity: Latinx, Vocal Range: C4-F5) One of Curtis’s thugs. A natural follower, constantly speaks Spanish.

Sister Mary Martin-of-tours (F– 40-60, All Ethnicities) A Nun of the convent. Clearly in her own world, but has her moments of surprising clarity.

Sister Mary Theresa (F– 60-70, All Ethnicities) A nun of the convent, the oldest of the group. Decrepit at first glance but secretly packs a punch.

Michelle (F– 20-30, All Ethnicities, Vocal Range: Bb3-F5) One of Deloris’s back-up singers. Lippy and always quick with a retort.

Tina (F– 20-30, All Ethnicities, Vocal Range: Ab3-F5) One of Deloris’s back-up singers. A little thick and naïve.

Ernie (M – 25-35, All Ethnicities) One of Curtis’s thugs. Initially thought to be a mindless yes-man, he turns out to be an undercover police informant.

Ensemble (All Ages, All Ethnicities) Nuns; Bar Denizens (Bar Patron, Waitress, Pool Player, Drag Queen); Homeless People; Fantasy Dancers; Alter Boys


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