WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- The spotlight brightly shined in more ways than one recently during Stepinac High School’s acclaimed Drama Club’s production of the rousing musical, Sister Act.
Sister Act afforded Stepinac the opportunity to pay a fitting tribute to a former White Plains community partner, The Good Counsel Academy -- the all-girls Catholic high school which closed last year.
“We honored Good Counsel for being one of the first “sister acts” for our theatrical productions since the 1950s, and providing their talented female students to perform with our all- boys group,” said Frank Portanova, Director of the Stepinac Drama Club. “We also recognized this remarkable school for the formidable impact it had on Catholic education in Westchester by dedicating a chapel in our school which will be a lasting testament to Good Counsel Academy.”
Sister Laura, Good Counsel’s last principal, accepted the honor and was joined by distinguished alumnae during the dedication. The award was presented by school President Rev. Thomas Collins (’79) and Alumni Association President and Stepinac Alumni Theatre founder Dick Nagel (’69).
At another evening performance of Sister Act, it was “Nun Night” at the school’s Major Bowes Theater as more than 50 religious nuns from the region were invited to attend, compliments of Stepinac. It was an opportunity for nuns affiliated with religious orders to enjoy, and no doubt find amusing, as young thespians, attired in habits, danced and sang on the stage.
A week later, the Sister Act spotlight moved to a new venue when some cast members visited New York-Presbyterian Hospital White Plains, to brighten the day for patients by performing selections from the show.