Tuesday, September 13, 2016

‘Sister Act’ delivers a lot of Nunsense to the Alhambra

No matter if you’ve seen the motion picture or not, the Alhambra Theater & Dining’s take on “Sister Act” is unique, spectacular and very entertaining.  It’s sassy, high-spirited, comical and you will be thoroughly charmed.  There is so much laughter, great lines and well-delivered music, that you’d better get your tickets today, because Gala night was almost a sell-out event.  This is a great musical for the entire family. 

The cast is wonderfully professional as some of the Nun’s costumes went flying like that of the “Flying Nun”, nonetheless, the show went-on without a hitch.  Kudos to nuns: Renée Veronica Freeman* (starring as Deloris Van Cartier), Patti Eyler* (Mother Superior - nun you might want to dislike), Molly Anne Ross, Jan Neuberger* (Kurtis Blow hip-hop wrapper), Aaron DeCicco (energy vibrant singer & dancer), Linzy Lauren, Olivia Chernyshev, Melanie Souza*, Rachel Anton*, Megan Victoria Stillson, Sophie Luedi, Abigail Cline and Robin Richardson, who did a marvelous job with singing, acting and dancing throughout the evening.

There are also male members who need to be credited with their talents in “Sister Act”.  Joshian Morales*, Peter Jackson, Kurt McCall, David Berry* (too funny as T.J.), Timothy Ellis*, Brandon Garcia (yes, he was a server & bartender who also now acts) and Travis Gerald Young - multiple part actor; rounded out the talented cast.  Some of the male and female members are new, others you might have seen before, yet their appearance in “Sister Act” gives them added credence to their portfolios.

James Kinney* is back as the Choreographer and the high-stepping antics of the troupe can be credited to his genius.  Producer/director Tod Booth* did a wonderful job tweaking the script and adding his flare to the production.  Dave Dionne and Ian Black created smooth transitioning sets that cleverly changed as actors moved into their next scene.  Musical direction is expertly conducted by Cathy Murphy Giddens and you will enjoy each musical score in this two act presentation.  (*Denotes Actors’ Equity Association member). 

First, second and third courses served

We would be amiss if the meal, served by Executive Chef DeJuan Roy, wan not highlighted.  Everything that was sampled (see photos) was exceptionally good.  As always, no extra seasonings are needed.  Chef knows what he’s doing and you will leave satisfied.  You’ll almost want to see the show before you eat, because after you’re finished - it will be time for a nap; but that’s the time to order a cup of coffee to go with your delectable dessert

Sister Act
DATES:September 7 – October 9, 2016

SHOW TIMES: Evening shows Tuesday through Sunday start at 8 p.m.  p.m., and dinner will be served until 7:30 p.m.  Saturday Matinees begin at 1:15 p.m.  Doors open at 11 a.m. and the brunch starts at 11:15 a.m.  Sunday Matinees are at 2 p.m.  Doors open at noon and the meal service starts at 12:15 p.m.

DRESS: “Business Casual” or “Sunday Best”.

TICKETS: Regular tickets priced from $38 – $62.  Ticket prices include: a plated dinner served to your table, an incredible show and prime parking.  + are available upon request.  Price does not include gratuity or orders from the bar.

LOCATION: Alhambra Theater & Dining
       12000 Beach Blvd.
       Jacksonville, Florida 32246
       (904) 641-1212

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