MAGNOLIA — Simon Tursky, of Van Buren, will be a part of Southern Arkansas University Theatre’s spring musical production of “Sister Act” at Harton Theatre from April 11-20, 2019.

Tursky is a junior Performing Arts: Musical Theatre major, and is assistant sound designer and sound board operator for the play.

The Thursday-Saturday evening shows will begin at 7:30 p.m., and the Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. There will be an actor talk-back following both Saturday night shows. Some roles have been double cast and different performers will play those roles on alternating performances.

Tickets can be purchased at the door, online at, or by calling (870) 235-4255. General admission tickets are $17; $12 for SAU faculty, staff, and senior citizens; and $8 for students. This musical is family-friendly and recommended for all ages.

“Sister Act,” by Alan Menken, Glenn Slater, and Cheri and Bill Steinkellner, is a feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Menken, winner of a Tony Award and eight Oscars, 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 will not be found: a covenant. Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique dance moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community. In doing so, though, she blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase, only to find themselves 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. The cast is full of amazing roles for women of all ages. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, this story is a reason to rejoice.

“Sister Act” is directed by Brittany Bara, SAU director of Theatre and assistant professor of Musical Theatre. SAU Theatre alum and current graduate student, Joann Shaver, is assistant director. Michael Womack, SAU faculty accompanist, is the musical director and conductor, and Amy Womack is the assistant musical director. The set and lighting designer is Wally Eastland, SAU resident designer, production manager and instructor. DW Withrow, a professional costume designer from New York, designed the costumes. Magnolia community-member Zaneta Kitchens is one of the double cast members in the role of Deloris.