If you've seen the movie "Sister Act," it's hard to forget Whoopi Goldberg starring as Deloris Van Cartier, Maggie Smith as Mother Superior, Kathy Najimy as Sister Mary Patrick, and Mary Wickes as Sister Mary Lazarus.
It's also hard to forget some of the more memorable male roles: Deloris' mobster boyfriend Curtis or policeman Eddie Souther or Monsignor O'Hara.
The movie simply made you smile and laugh and so will the musical being presented by Mercy and Xavier students this weekend at Mercy. The shows are Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. They can be bought online at www.mercyhigh.com or at the door.
When Deloris witnesses a murder involving her thug boyfriend, she is taken into protective custody at a place the police figure she can't be found – a convent. She is disguised as a nun and inspires the choir with her voice and moves and spirit.
The Mercy and Xavier students are practicing all this week, perfecting their lines, singing their songs, sharing moments that will last beyond their days at the Randolph Road schools. Mercy student Madelyn Denvir plays the lead role of Deloris. Xavier's Noah Secina-White plays Curtis, Seb Fazzino plays Eddie, and Jordan Leonardi plays Monsignor O'Hara.
Fazzino loves his role of Eddie, who was a high school classmate of Deloris, still yearns for her after all these years and wants to be her hero.
"I like how I'm able to express myself and develop the character," Fazzino said. "The character is more quiet and reserved in the beginning, and gains confidence as he develops his feelings for Deloris."
Fazzino will attend UConn next year and plans to continue in theater, which has been a passion throughout high school. He has had many roles in which he has been able to combine acting and singing.
Leonardi, another senior, had a sore throat and didn't feel all that well during auditions. He was delighted to learn he'd play the role of Monsignor O'Hara. "I'm giving my all," he said, "since this is my last performance."
At Tuesday's practice, there was a lot of hustle and bustle and energy, whether it was on stage or behind the scenes.
It takes a lot of people to pull off a production like this. There are 18 in the cast. Another 23 are in the ensemble, ranging from all the nuns to the thugs who hang with Curtis. There are six musicians, and four in production which includes the stage manager and assistant stage manager. Add in another 10 in the stage crew.
Xavier is a private, Catholic all-boys high school in Middletown, CT.