Sister Act Jr.

The cast of Madison Junior High School’s production of “Sister Act Jr.” includes (from left): front row — Olivia Russell, Brendan Bentz, Kelsey Lee, Poppy Kelsey, Maya Bullock, Reagan Wynn, Ellie Mahoney, Ruthie Whitaker, Addison Stewart, Piper Fischmer, Kolton Lock, Cole Goodnight, Garrett Deuser and Luke Warren; row two — Wyatt Overpeck, Claira Kempton, Suzannah Bailey, Fiona Magrath, Brooke Burnett, Mary Grace Jenner, Jersey Center, Chloe Jones, Kira Brittain, Scout Porter, Tavia Bauer; and row three — Sophie Reilmann, Layla Calhoun, Owain Kelsey, Cooper Chandler, Abigail Everage, Claire Miller, Jane Jener, Xander Bauer, Sophie Guirguis, Emma Wynn, Reilly Kuppler, Savannah Hall, Stephanie Mitchell, Penelope Bibbs, Tyler Hook, Gabby Vest and Maya Kempaz. The musical runs Wednesday through Friday at 7 p.m. daily.

Madison Junior High School’s Creative Dramatics program has grown into an activity that students love to be apart of and later this week a cast of 50 students will take part in the school’s latest production.

“Sister Act Jr.” will be performed on three consecutive nights Wednesday through Friday at 7 p.m. Last fall, 64 students participated in the program’s production of “Frozen.”

“I love seeing it grow,” said Lindsay Bullock, the director, who noted just 20 students participated in the first year but the program has grown as more students continue to get involved.

Bullock gives the students some say in what productions that they perform, and she thinks that motivates them to want to be a part.

“I allow the kids to have input,” she said.

Bullock noted that participation in dramatics is beneficial to the students “even if they never do another drama after high school” because it prepares them for life in other ways. “It helps give them confidence, they learn to present themselves well, and they have to work together and support each other,” she said.

Additionally, Bullock said creative dramatics helps provide a positive activity for students to be involved.

“They’re at an age when it’s important for them to make good choices,” Bullock said, adding that creative dramatics provides a welcoming program for students to be involved.

When students perform Sister Act Jr. it will mark more than a year since they started working on it. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they did not get to perform a musical last year, and the whole show had to be recast because much of the originals students had moved onto to high school. Eighth graders Sophia Guirguis and Emma Wynn were to be part of the supporting case last year, but this year have assumed lead roles — Sophie as Mother Superior and Emma as Deloris Van Cartier.

Guiguis said Mother Superior is head of the convent who works to keep the secret that Deloris is pretending to be a nun while at odds with her. Wynn said the Deloris is a fun role for her to perform because the character is “super funny and kind of crazy.”

Based on the hit 1992 film and Tony-nominated Broadway musical, Sister Act Jr. is the feel-good musical comedy that features original music by Alan Menken. Bullock said it’s a fun show.

“I love that it’s family oriented and you can bring everyone to it,” she said.

Tickets are available online at mjhscreativedramatics.com at $8 general admission and $5 for students. Tickets can also be purchased at the door at Opal E. Sherman Auditorium but capacity will be determined by COVID-19 guidelines.