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Sister's gonna work it out in Charlotte
 
Published Wednesday, January 2, 2013 4:30 pm
by Michaela L. Duckett

 The musical comedy “Sister Act,” opens Jan. 8 at Ovens Auditorium and runs until Jan. 13.

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Actress Ta'Rea Campbell plays the role of Deloris in the hit Broadway play "Sister Act," which will run at the Ovens Auditorium Jan. 8 - 13.

The hit Broadway play produced by Whoopi Goldberg, who starred in the original film version, tells the story of Deloris Vann Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look – a convent.

The play features original music by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (“Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Little Shop of Horrors”).

“None of the songs that you saw on the movie, will you hear on the stage,” said Ta’Rea Campbell, who plays the role of Deloris. “Every song in the show has been written for the show so they are all new and really fun and exciting. It’s set in the 70s so you will hear a lot of disco and funky beats.”

Campbell, whose theater career spans two decades, is best known for starring as Nala in the Broadway production and national tour of “The Lion King.” She recalls initially being passed up for the role because she was 2 inches too short. However, a shorter Simba was cast, and Campbell was called back in for a second audition. She played Nala for five years.

Campbell has also starred in a number of other Broadway productions including “Leap of Faith,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Aida,” and “Little Shop of Horrors.”

She said the role of Deloris has been one of her most challenging to date. “I’m on stage for the majority of the show,” she said. “I am really being challenged because I have to dance, sing and act.”

While she said she does not share Deloris’ diva-like ways, Campbell said she does have some common ground with the character.

“She’s pretty feisty and determined,” said Campbell. “Those are qualities that I also share. She’s just trying to make it, and she’s really determined."

Campbell said she can also relate to Deloris’ experience as a struggling performer. The biggest obstacle that Campbell said she has had to personally overcome was learning to believe in herself.

“Sometimes in this business, being a minority and being a woman is really hard,” she said. “You get told ‘no’ a lot of times. You just have to remain focused and remain confident that you have a talent and a gift to share and that your time will come.”

For show times or to purchase tickets to see “Sister Act,” visit BlumenthalCenter.org.

 

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