Artisan Theatre

Artisan Center Theater (NON EQUITY) announces auditions for

Sister Act

Music by Alan Menken

Lyrics by Glenn Slater

Book by Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner

Additional Book Material by Douglas and Carter Beane

Based on the Touchstone Pictures Motion Picture, Sister Act, written by Joseph Howard.

Directed by Natalie Burkhart

Music Direction by Richard Gwozdz

Choreography by Amy Jones

Performed at Artisan Center Theater at 444 East Pipeline Road, Hurst, Texas


A woman hiding in a convent helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she rediscovers her own. This feel-good comedy smash is based on the hit film!

AUDITION DATES: Monday, June 26, 2017 from 7-10pm and Tuesday, June 27, 2017 from 7-10pm.

CALL BACKS: Callbacks (if necessary) will be held Wednesday, June 28, 2017 from 7-10pm.

LOCATION:  Auditions will be held at the Artisan Rehearsal Hall at 404 East Pipeline Road, Hurst, Texas 76053.

REHEARSAL DATES: Rehearsals will begin Monday, July 17, 2017 and will generally be Monday through Thursday evenings from 7-10pm and Saturdays from 9am-3pm, with some additional rehearsals on Friday evenings.

PRODUCTION DATES: The production runs August 25-September 23, 2017. Performances are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 7:30pm, with additional Saturday matinees at 3pm beginning September 2.  Most parts are double cast to accommodate scheduling.


AUDITION INSTRUCTIONS:   Auditions are by appointment. Copy the following link onto browser and then make an appointment: http://www. . Come prepared to sing 32 bars of a show tune in the style of the show that will best display your vocal ability and dance a short combination.  An accompanist will be provided.  Please bring a headshot/resume and your completed audition info found at auditions. If asked to return for a call back expect to read from the script and learn/sing a song from the show. 


Actors will be given six complimentary vouchers to be used during the first four performances, a season ticket (valid for one year) to be used during the first week of Main Stage productions, a show t-shirt and scene shots from the production.

ABOUT THE SHOW: Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. 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. Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story, Sister Act will leave audiences breathless!


Deloris Van Cartier

An aspiring performer, trying to find both fame and a place in the world. When forced to hide in the convent, she initially refuses to embrace her new lifestyle but learns to embrace it when she works with the choir. Loud-mouthed, and sassy, but ultimately caring.

Age: 25 to 35 | Vocal range top: F#5 | Vocal range bottom: E3


Mother Superior

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.

Age: 40 to 70 | Vocal range top: E5 | Vocal range bottom: D3


Sister Mary Robert

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.

Age: 16 to 25 | Vocal range top: A5 | Vocal range bottom: F#3


Sister Mary Patrick

A nun of the convent. Consistently perky, enthusiastic, and easily excitable.

Age: 30 to 50


Sister Mary Lazarus

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.

Age: 50 to 70 | Vocal range top: B4 | Vocal range bottom: F3


Monsignor O'Hara

One of the heads of the convent. Constantly concerned with financial matters, though soul music surprisingly puts him in a different mood.

Age: 40 to 60 | Vocal range top: G4 | Vocal range bottom: E3



A club owner, notorious gangster, and Deloris's boyfriend. Cocky and controlling, always on the verge of violence.

Age: 30 to 50 | Vocal range top: Ab4 | Vocal range bottom: A2


Eddie Souther

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.

Age: 25 to 35 | Vocal range top: B4 | Vocal range bottom: Ab2



Curtis's nephew and one of his thugs. Deft and cognizant of the fact, constantly in a state of ignorant bliss.

Age: 16 to 30 | Vocal range top: Eb5 | Vocal range bottom: Db3



One of Curtis's thugs. Believes himself to be quite the ladies' man.

Age: 20 to 40 | Vocal range top: Eb5 | Vocal range bottom: Bb2



One of Curtis's thugs. A natural follower, constantly speaks in Spanish.

Age: 20 to 40 | Vocal range top: F5 | Vocal range bottom: C4


Sister Mary Martin-of-tours

A nun of the convent. Clearly in her own world, but has her moments of surprising clarity.

Age: 40 to 60


Sister Mary Theresa

A nun of the convent, the oldest of the group. Decrepit at a glance, but secretly packs a punch.

Age: 60 to 70



One of Deloris's back-up singers. Lippy and always quick with a retort.

Age: 20 to 30 | Vocal range top: F5 | Vocal range bottom: Bb3



One of Deloris's back-up singers. A little naive.

Age: 20 to 30 | Vocal range top: F5| Vocal range bottom: Ab3



One of Curtis's thugs. Initially thought to be a mindless yes-man, he turns out to be an undercover police informant.

Age: 20 to 40



Nuns; Club Denizens (Patrons, Waitress, Pool Player); Homeless People; Fantasy Dancers



Artisan Center Theater produces nine big Broadway style musicals a year in their 195-seat theater-in-the-round. Artisan also stages three additional special event productions, two plays and one musical revue, on the new 150-seat thrust stage located on Second Stage.  Also on Second Stage, Artisan Children's Theater produces seven children's shows each year where children perform for children.  As part of their mission to create opportunities to experience uplifting family-friendly theater, Artisan offers a complete program of theatrical education, dance and performing arts classes throughout the year. Opening in 2003 and now serving more than 90,000 patrons each year, Artisan Center Theater is located at 444 E Pipeline Rd. in Hurst, Texas. The theater is closed on Sunday. For more information on Artisan visit






444 East Pipeline Road, Hurst, Texas 76053


Theatre Arlington bursts on to the stage with Pinocchio Commedia

It’s not your grandparent’s Pinocchio!


Arlington, TX. June, 2017:


Theatre Arlington’s 44th Season - Fun in the Footlights! gets a crazy jolt of energy with their all-youth production, Pinocchio Commedia, by local playwright, Johnny Simons. Originally produced by Simon’s own Hip Pocket Theatre, this play was the first play ever written by Simons over fifty years ago.


Everyone is familiar with the popular character of Pinocchio, originally created in 1880 by Italy’s Carlo Collodi as a weekly magazine serial, The Adventures of Pinocchio. This heartwarming story about a young boy made of wood who finds mischief and many bumps along his way to becoming a real boy has been enjoyed by millions throughout the decades, whether by the movies, print or on the stage. But Simon’s passion for commedia dell’arte puts a new twist on an old story. Commedia dell'arte ("Comedy of Art") means unwritten or improvised drama and was a popular form of improvisational theatre that began in 15th century Renaissance Italy. Theatre Arlington’s performers will be adorned with many beautiful and imaginative masks, a staple of this type of theater. Simon’s version of this beloved tale is one of his most successful productions and audience members, young and old alike, will have a blast with the slapstick antics and silly banter. This unique form of storytelling breathes new life and energy into the charming story of the love of between father and son.


Theatre Arlington’s production of Pinocchio Commedia is directed by UTA theater professor, Joe Chapa with choreography by Marissa Trioux Bateman. This all-youth production with actors aged 10-18 features Ben Gervasi as Pinocchio, Nicholas Gauthier as Arlecchino/Cricket, Zack Smutzer as Pantalone/Gepetto, Lauren Hardgrave as Razullo/Fox, Samantha McKechnie as Beltramo/Cat, Jack Gervasi as Pulcinella/Puppet Master, Brit Cooper as Pedrolina/Fool, Abigail McCurdy as Brighella/Dancer and Emma Gervasi as Columbina/Spirit.


Production team members also include Erin Wilson (Stage Manager), Erica Herrera (Assistant Stage Manager), Anthony Curtis (Set Design/Technical Director), Melanie Mason (Sound Designer), Kyle Harris (Lighting Designer), Cathy Pritchett (Properties Designer) and Ashley Peisher (Costume Designer).


Pinocchio Commedia, sponsored by the Ben E. Keith Foundation, will begin entertaining audiences on Friday, July 7th at 7:30pm and is the eighth show in the Fun in the Footlights! Season sponsored by the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation. A post-show reception, sponsored by Boston’s, with the cast and crew will immediately follow the show and will include dessert provided by the Theatre Arlington Guild.


Pinocchio Commedia is appropriate for the whole family. All tickets are only $13. This two-week run will continue through July 16th with our traditional youth production schedule:

                Fridays at 7:30pm

                Saturdays at 2:00pm & 7:30pm

                Sundays at 2:00pm 


Pinocchio Commedia is presented by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois.


See website for more information and to purchase tickets:

Box Office: 817.275.7661


Photos by Eric Younkin

Photo Credit 1: (left to right) Ben Gervasi

Photo Credit 2: (left to right) Nicholaus Gauthier, Lauren Hardgrave, Ben Gervasi   


More photos available upon request.



Theatre Arlington enhances the quality of life in North Texas by presenting superior, diverse, artistic experiences through performance, production and education.



For more information about Theatre Arlington’s production of Pinocchio Commedia by Johnny Simons


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