Sister’s Christmas Catechism Coming to WaterTower Theatre

The cast of Sister's Christmas Catechism
The cast of Sister’s Christmas Catechism

Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit like a funny, sweet Christmas play! This season, go see “Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold” for a show that will have you laughing all night. WaterTower Theatre is hosting this holiday special from the writer of “Late Night Catechism” at the Canterbury Family Main Stage in the Addison Theatre Center from December 2 through December 23.

If you are a fan of mysteries and cheesy-but-funny holiday movies, then this will quickly become your new favorite Christmas tradition. This is a mystery straight from Bethlehem. Sister, played by newcomer Nonie Newton Riley, tackles a captivating mystery: what happened to the Magi’s gold? A holiday tale full of gifts, mystery, laughs is the perfect way to kick off the season. This production also features a special appearance by vocalist and local talent Sarah Elizabeth Price.

Riley is original from Chicago, where she flexed her comedy muscle at Chicago’s Second City Theatre. She has since won an Emmy award for writing and performing “Oh, Art!” for PBS in Chicago, and has appeared in soap operas, sitcoms, hidden camera shows and more. For the past thirteen years, Riley has toured across the U.S. performing in “Late Night Catechism” plays.

Price has performed on many local stages, including a few WaterTower Theatre shows such as “Creep”, “Bonnie & Clyde”, and “Putting It Together.” She will also be performing as Lucille Frank in the WaterTower Theatre production of “Parade in Concert” this spring.

“Sister’s Christmas Catechism” was written by Maripat Donovan, and is directed by Marc Silvia with musical direction by Mark Mullino. The creative team includes Catherine Evans, costume designer’ Clay Van Winkle, lighting designer; Caron Gitelman Grant, stage manager; and Monika Zimmerman, assistant stage manager.

Donovan created the role of Sister in “Late Night Catechism” and has toured internationally, receiving wonderful reviews for her work. She has worked in Chicaco theatre for more than 20 years and has won Joseph Jefferson citations for her work in”Portrait of a Shiksa” and “The Good Times are Killing Me.” She has also been nominated for the Outer Citics Circle Award in New York for Outstanding Solo Performances, and has won the Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Solo Performance in Los Angeles for her work in “Late Night Catechism.”

Mullins has worked locally and throughout the U.S. as a musical director and actor. Throughout his career, he has received numerous Colmn Awards and Leon Rabin Awards and nominations. Mullins also teaches musical theater, maintains a private studio, is an artist and is President and co-founder of Dallas Young Artists.

Opening night for “Sister’s Christmas Catechism” is on December 2 at 8 p.m. Or you could catch a performance on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m. (and 2 p.m. on December 10 and 17), and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $40-$45 per show. You can by tickets online or at the box office.

Sydni Ellis grew up in the great state of Texas, where she learned to love chips and salsa and hot weather. She has a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of North Texas, and she currently works in the College Communications, Marketing and Outreach office at Richland College. Some of her passions include writing, traveling and re-reading the Harry Potter Series every chance she gets. In the spirit of spontaneity, Sydni lives her life with a pen in one hand and her video camera in the other; ready to capture the next great story.

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