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‘Sister Act’ Rocks at the California Theatre for One Performance Only

Maggie Clennon Reberg as Mother Superior, left, and Kerissa Arrington as Deloris Van Cartier in the musical number "Here Within These Walls" from "Sister Act,"

Maggie Clennon Reberg as Mother Superior, left, and Kerissa Arrington as Deloris Van Cartier in the musical number “Here Within These Walls” from “Sister Act,”

SAN BERNARDINO, CA – “Sister Act,” Broadway’s feel good musical about a lounge singer who is put into protective custody by the police after witnessing a mob crime, is coming to the historic California Theatre of the Performing Arts.

Presented by the Theatrical Arts International, the national touring show is being presented for one performance only at 8 p.m. March 28. Tickets are $38.50-$77.50 and are available through the box office at (909) 885-5152 or www.ticketmaster.com.

“We’re very fortunate and happy to be presenting this very funny and entertaining musical,” said Joseph Henson of Theatrical Arts International. “Everyone will love ‘Sister Act’.”

Sister Act 3Produced by Whoopi Goldberg, Troika Entertainment and Sister Act on Tour, LLC, the Broadway show received five 2011 Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical.

When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put into protective custody in the one place cops are sure she won’t be found — a convent. Disguised as a nun, she soon finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and an uptight Mother Superior.

Using her fabulous “disco-ness” and killer voice to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church, but in doing so blows her cover. Soon it’s nun-on-the-run time but she finds salvation in the heavenly power of her newly found sisterhood.

“Sister Act” features original music by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Little Mermaid” and “Little Shop of Horror”) and lyrics by Tony and Academy Award-nominee Glenn Slater (“The Little Mermaid”). Book is by multi-Emmy Award winners Cheri and Bill Steinkellner (“Cheers”) with additional material by Tony and Olivier Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane (“Xanadu,” “The Little Dog Laughed”).

Based on the mega-hit 1992 film that starred Whoopi Goldberg in the title role and Maggie Smith as Mother Superior, the critically acclaimed show features musical styles from Motown, soul and funk to great disco anthems and Barry White inspired musical comedy.

“To hear people laugh and cheer the way they do at ‘Sister Act ‘— a show people think they know but are pleasantly surprised to discover is not what they are expecting — is a magical experience for a producer,” says Goldberg. “Happily, audiences across the country are able to get in on the fun as Deloris and her fabulous sisters spread the love nationwide.”Sister Act 2

“Sister Act” is part of Theatrical Arts International’s 2014-2015 season at the California Theatre. Other shows in the season are “Starlight Express,” April 17-19; and “Calendar Girls,” May 15-17.

TAI has recently announced its lineup for the 2015-2016 season of shows. Productions include the powerful “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” Oct. 23-25; the magical “Ghost – The Musical,” Feb. 19-21, 2016; the hit Broadway musical “Mary Poppins,” April 8-10, 2016; and the enchanting “The Snow Queen,” May 20-22, 2016.

Season subscriptions for all four shows are currently available from $99 to $235. For tickets, call (909) 885-5152 or go to www.theatricalarts.com


WHEN: 8 p.m. March 28

WHERE: California Theatre of the Performing Arts, 562 W. Fourth St., San Bernardino.

TICKETS: $38.50-$77.50 and available through www.ticketmaster.com or theater box office


ON THE WEB: www.californiatheatre.net


Supporting Chelsea Davis-Miss California USA


Chelsea Davis, 23, is a native from San Bernardino California. In May of 2013, she obtained her Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA. She is currently attending the University of Southern California in pursuit of her Master’s in Social Work. In addition, she has been selected to represent the city of San Bernardino in the upcoming Miss California USA State Pageant on December 4, 2016 in Long Beach, CA.

She wants to introduce her self to the each reader and resident of the City as a community leader. Davis is currently working to implement a mentorship and community development program called “Limitless Heights” under Applied Principles for Service Non-Profit Organization in the city of San Bernardino. Her main objective is to begin to change the culture of San Bernardino in an effort to bring about positive change in the community.

However, she needs your help. As she competes for the title of Miss California USA, Davis needs to raise a total of $1,750 by May 1,  2015. A donation in any amount would be helpful and greatly appreciated. Please visit her website below:

Click here to visit Chelsea’s support page

Inland Empire individuals and organizations to be honored at 22nd Annual Foundation Gala

LOMA LINDA, CA- The 22nd Annual Foundation Gala, “Rhapsody in Gold,” presented by Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs, benefiting Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital (LLUCH) will present three awards during the program on Thursday, March 12 honoring those individuals and organizations that give back in a special way to the communities they serve.

“There are so many wonderful people who give back to the community in very special ways,” said Jillian Payne, executive director, LLUCH Foundation. “It is a gala tradition to take the opportunity to recognize those who have gone above and beyond in their own unique ways for the kids in the Inland Empire.”

The Shirley N. Pettis Award recognizes lifelong dedication and distinguished service by an organization to children. Through volunteering and community service, recipients demonstrate the desire and motivation to improve the lives of children. This year LLUCH will present the award to the Riverside Community Health Foundation, which was founded in 1977 to improve the health and well-being of its community. It has made a difference in the lives of thousands of children and youth through a number of services, and it has a longstanding commitment to its efforts in supporting programs that promote youth development.

Zareh Sarrafian, MBA, a passionate individual who has, through exemplary service, made sustained contributions benefiting children in our community and beyond, will be honored with The Gatsby Award. The award recognizes individuals who, through outstanding leadership, demonstrate a lifelong commitment to providing a beacon of hope to children and their families. Prior to his current role as CEO of Riverside County Regional Medical Center, Sarrafian played an integral role at Loma Linda University Health for 20 years, where he is perhaps best known for his leadership of LLUCH. There he helped the hospital become recognized for the quality of its services to children and their families.

Sarrafian has also served as chair of the board of the California Children’s Hospital Association and has championed children’s issues throughout the state.

Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital is honored to recognize Tony and Sandy Cappelli of Steven’s Hope for Children as recipients of the 2014 Hometown Hero Award. Named after their late son, the couple started the organization in 2002. It provides housing and other essential needs to families of seriously ill or injured children during extended treatment. Because of the dedication of the Cappellis and the services provided by their charity, the lives of thousands of children in Southern California, across the nation and around the world have been enriched.

The 22nd Annual Foundation Gala, “Rhapsody in Gold,” begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Riverside Convention Center on March 12. More information can be found on the event website,lomalindagala.org.