Sister Act, running at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres this month, is the beloved and comical story of a diva who witnesses a crime and disguises herself as a nun to avoid trouble. I recently spoke with two of the cast members of the show. Leslie Brown grew up in California and studied musical theater in college. One day she came across an audition “in a town called Chanhassen in Minnesota, and the rest was history,” she says. Currently living in St. Louis Park, Leslie is a part of the nun ensemble in this performance. Her fellow performer, Emily Rose Skinner, has been in two other performances with Brown. She grew up moving around the Midwest, eventually landing in the Windom neighborhood of Minneapolis and performing in Chanhassen. See her in Sister Act as Mary Martin-of-Tours. Here’s what else these triple-threat performers have to say:
AB: How often have you worked together?
ERS: Leslie and I have worked together three times! We were both in All Shook Up, Sister Act, and she replaced an actor who left Beauty and the Beast last summer. Sister Act was definitely the show where we became friends and grew close. Being in a “cloister” makes ladies bond!
AB: What makes Sister Act a great show?
LB: I sincerely think it’s the cast. Not only are the leading roles played by amazing actors, but the rest of the cast is played by past leading actors which makes for a caring and supportive ensemble, and that in turn is shared with the audience as we take them on a ride of laughter, love, compassion and acceptance.
ERS: Sister Act is the perfect combination of irreverent humor, heart and impactful message. This is a huge show with big production numbers, hilarious characters and lots of glitz—but at its core, it’s an earnest story of overcoming the odds and being inspired to become the best person you can be.
Various show times and dates. $50–$89; Main Stage.