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Fridley Community Theatre’s 9th summer musical, Sister Act, opens on Friday, July 20 at 7 pm at the Fridley District Auditorium located at 6000 West Moore Lake Drive. The production continues on July 21, 26, 27 at 7 pm and a matinee performance on July 28 at 2 pm.
Sister Act is the feel-good, musical-comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg. Featuring music by Tony and 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.
The story begins with disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnessing a murder. She is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and the uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the convent choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. The gang gives chase, only to find themselves up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood.
“What is beautiful about Sister Act,“ stated director, Michelle Schwantes, “is that it explores the fact that our life is what we make it, that family is something we create along the way, and that love truly conquers all.”
“It shows us that what we spend our lives desperately searching for is often to be found within,” continued Schwantes. “By empowering others to use their voices, Deloris discovers her own.”
“Deloris shows us that you don’t need much in life to be happy,” stated Uchenna Korus, who plays the Deloris Van Cartier character in the Fridley Community Theatre (FCT) production. “Good friends can turn into family that that’s all you need to feel like a star.”
“The audience will have a wonderful time at this performance,” stated technical director, Dan Wold. “The music is powerful and there is a lot of high energy dancing in Sister Act. The actors that portray the nuns are on stage the majority of the show. They hardly get a break.”
In the spirit of extended family, FCT has chosen to partner with the non-profit organization, Wishes and More, to make a difference in the life of 3 year-old Haley of New Brighton, MN who is diagnosed with leukemia. FCT will be actively soliciting donations to provide funds to send Haley on a vacation to the ocean. People may make donations when they purchase their tickets on-line or when they arrive to see the performance.
Tickets are $15 with a reduced price of $10 for students through high school. Reserved seats can be purchased on-line at www.FridleyCommunityTheatre.org or by calling 763-502-5100. Wheel chair seating or other accommodations may be reserved by calling the 763-502-5100. The matinee performance on Saturday, July 28 with be interpreted in American Sign Language and seating for that service can also be reserved by calling the ticket line.
Fridley Public Schools families can apply now for Educational Benefits.
Submitting this application also provides our district with additional funding that directly supports our schools and our students’ education.
This funding helps support:
- Lower instructor-to-learner ratios
- Additional teachers for reading intervention & extended math instruction
- Student support services (deans & counselors)
- Supporting direct instruction for English language learners
A new application must be completed every school year. The online application process takes 10-15 minutes.
PLEASE NOTE: To apply, parents need the following information
- Your student’s PERSON ID#
- Household income level
- Number of people living in household
- Only complete one application per family
Fridley Community Youth Theatre is excited to debut Lion King, Jr. this Friday, June 29th, through Sunday, July 1 at the Fridley High School auditorium.
The high school is currently undergoing construction projects, including some of its parking lots. Attendees may enter and exit the main parking lot via the West Moore Lake Drive outlet (see image below). The outlet on 61st Avenue is currently closed.
The accessible entrance to the building for Lion King, Jr. is directly adjacent to the auditorium on the north side of the building.
For more information about Lion King, Jr. and Fridley Community Youth Theatre, click here.
Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you!
Summer construction projects are now ongoing at Fridley High School, Fridley Middle School and Fridley Community Center. For parents and students who use the parking lots during the summer months, view the map below to know which areas are permitted for parking.
Parking Lot Projects:
High School Parking Lot Resurfacing
• North parking lot (north of the football field) will be resurfaced and curb replaced.
• East parking lot (front of the building) will also be resurfaced and expanded.
• Door 3 (southeast corner) will be summer access for staff and public. The City of Fridley will also be doing construction on West Moore Lake Drive so parking on the street may be restricted. Please watch for any detour signs that may be posted by the City.
Middle School Parking Resurfacing
- East parking lot will be resurfaced with additional sidewalks added to provide for safer student drop-off by parents. Jersey barriers currently in place will be replaced with sidewalks.
Thank you for your assistance in ensuring the safety of all students during the summer months.