Sister Act Character Information

 

DELORIS VAN CARTIER

Actually Doris Carter, this would-be disco diva has a strong voice and a big personality. Loud-mouthed and sassy, but ultimately caring and rather vulnerable. Think Whoopi Goldberg mixed with Tina Turner – indeed, if you can do a passable Tina impersonation, great stuff.

She need to have great comedy timing.

Written as a role for a black actress but it can be played by a white actress with a “black soul”.

On for most of the show and a large singing role.

Voice: Alto/Mezzo

Audition songs: “Fabulous Baby” and “Sister Act”

MOTHER SUPERIOR

Mother Superior is the head of the convent, sarcastic and a bit stiff. Not necessarily older than the other nuns but needs to portray gravitas, authority and seniority.

She is extremely protective about keeping her sisters away from the outside world, which puts her in direct opposition to Deloris and her musical teachings. She is outraged by the nuns’ latter performances.

A good voice is needed for a couple of the songs.

Voice: Alto with Mezzo capabilities

Audition songs: “Here Within These Walls”

SISTER MARY PATRICK

Like in the movie, Sister Mary Patrick is the big, bouncy, funny nun with a smiley mouth and wide, staring eyes. She giggles when she speaks and is always nodding in affirmation. She is consistently perky, loud, enthusiastic and easily excitable. An alternative career for her would be a lovable, cheery air hostess. She has some great comic spoken and solo sung lines.

Voice: Mezzo soprano

Audition sing: Sunday Morning Fever

SISTER MARY ROBERT

Sister Mary Robert is a sweetly mousy young postulant who wears a big metal crusifix over her uniform. She was abandoned as a baby and raised at the convent. She is shy, retiring and soft-spoken, but singing with Deloris lets her find her voice. Her wallflower lifestyle has made her live a shell of a life yet she becomes defiant of the Mother Superior and ultimately stands between her ‘sister’ Deloris and Curtis’s gun. One solo to belt out and solo lines in other numbers.

Voice: Mezzo soprano

Audition song: “Life I Never Led”

SISTER MARY LAZARUS

Sister Mary Lazarus is one of the more experienced nuns of the convent and the head of the choir. Rather puckered-up and sarcastic, she has been unsuccessfully trying to teach the other nuns to sing. Initially resistant to Deloris but surprisingly buys into her reformation of the convent with gusto. Indeed, she becomes a bit of a rapper! Hilarious comedy role. Some solo lines within numbers.

Voice: Alto

Audition sing: Sunday Morning Fever

SISTER MARY MARTIN-OF-TOURS

Largely in her own world but has moments of surprising lucidity and clarity.

Some funny lines.

SISTER MARY THERESA

Sister Mary Theresa is the oldest of all the nuns at the convent. She seems decrepit as she waks with a zimmer frame, but secretly she packs a bit of a punch.

Some funny lines.

MONSIGNOR O’HARA

The Monsignor runs the convent and forces the Mother Superior to accept Deloris into it to try and save it from closing. He will try anything to raise money to save the convent.  Constantly concerned with financial matters, though soul music surprisingly puts him in a different mood. He also ‘comperes’ the nuns’ later performances.  A minor singing role.

Voice: Baritone

Audition song: “”

LIEUTENANT EDDIE SOUTHER

The desk chief at the Philadelphia police station who was at school with Deloris where he had a crush on her. He helps get her into hiding. He is a genuinely nice guy but gets nervous under pressure, causing him to sweat profusely which is why he’s known as “Sweaty Eddie”! He still yearns for Deloris after all these years, and dreams of being her hero. He has one main song to belt out with feeling. Possibly a bit of an Elvis impersonator?

Voice: Tenor

Audition song: “I Could Be That Guy”

CURTIS

With a surname of either Jackson or Shank depending on whether you are performing the Broadway or West End version of the show, Curtis is a slime ball nightclub owner and gangster and Deloris’s boyfriend. He is a nasty piece of work, cocky and controlling and always on the verge of violence, waving a gun around constantly. He should be genuinely scary. Must be able to sing well.

Voice: Tenor/Baritone

Audition sing: “When I Find My Baby”

JOEY

One of the three hoods/thugs who have some comedy as they, haplessly pursue Deloris and join Curtis as his backing singers in one number. They also have a number of their own which should be absolutely hilarious.

He thinks very highly of himself and believes himself to be quite the ladies’ man but his untidy moustache and tatty clothes belie this.

He should be able to move and have a deep bass voice like Barry White.

Audition song: “Lady In The Long Black Dress”

T.J.

One of the three hoods/thugs who have some comedy as they, haplessly pursue Deloris and join Curtis as his backing singers in one number. They also have a number of their own which should be absolutely hilarious.

Curtis’s nephew constantly in a state of ignorant bliss.

Should be able to move and do a passable Michael Jackson impression, including the ‘moonwalk’.

Audition song: “Lady In The Long Black Dress”

PABLO

One of the three hoods/thugs who have some comedy as they, haplessly pursue Deloris and join Curtis as his backing singers in one number. They also have a number of their own which should be absolutely hilarious.

A natural follower, he speaks in Mexican Spanish all the way through the show to great comic effect. If you can do it with the correct accent, all the better.

Should be able to move in a funny, ‘silly sexy’ way.

I see him as wearing ‘fashionable clothes’ that are too tight for his fat body.

Audition song: “Lady In The Long Black Dress”

MICHELLE

Michelle is, with Tina, one of Deloris’s backing singers for two numbers in the nightclub at the opening of the show. She is rather lippy and has some funny lines.

She will then be an ensemble nun.

Audition song: “Take Me To Heaven”

TINA

Tina is, with Michelle, one of Deloris’s backing singers for two numbers in the nightclub at the opening of the show. Where Michelle is lippy, Tiny is a but dippy, thick and naive and has some funny lines.

She will then be an ensemble nun.

Audition song: “Take Me To Heaven”

ENSEMBLE

NUNS (AT LEAST 12) (ALL VOICE TYPES), ERNIE, A COP, 2 HOOKERS, BAR PATRONS, WAITRESS, POOL PLAYER, DRAG QUEEN, HOMELESS PEOPLE, CAB DRIVER, NEWSCASTER, BARTENDER, MALE ACOLYTES, THE POPE, ETC.

There will also be a male and female DANCE TROOP.

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