Sistas: the Musical tells the story of five women who have come together to prepare the funeral of the family’s matriarch. The musical takes you on an imaginative journey through American history, culture and music, while touching upon thought-provoking and stirring topics. Sistas is not your average juke box musical-it is truly a play, with music. The music is cleverly woven into the play; it’s used as a story telling device, while still engaging the audience, sparking concert-like participation. You can’t help but sing along or dance in your seat!
The music is identifiable popular music that spans though decades and generations. I had the opportunity to speak with two of the original cast members of Sistas, Jennifer Fouche, who plays Roberta and Lexi Rhoades, who plays Tamika. I also spoke with the writer of Sistas, Dorothy Marcic. Similar to the close-knit family they portray on stage, the cast members confirmed that they have also created a close bond off stage as well.
Jennifer Fouche’s journey began with the workshop of Sistas. She recounts how collaborative the process was and how open the creators were to the actors’ input and views. Lexi Rhoades discusses how Sistas has educated her about her culture and history. She also mentions her duty as an artist of color to “choose the right roles and portray them with integrity.”
In 2005 Dorothy Marcic began an investigative research on Top 40’s songs, by females, through the years and their depiction of women. This lead her to write the musical Respect: A Musical Journey of Women. Triggering a strong response, Dorothy was then requested to write something similar for the African-American female community, thus began Sistas the Musical.
Listen as these three women discuss their process with the musical and why you should see it!
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