When I came to Canada, I didn’t have a lot of friends. So I tried to keep busy with something just for me. I liked singing—we do a lot of karaoke in the Philippines—but I didn’t think I was any good at it until Grade 9, when I played the role of Jasmine in Aladdin.
In Sister Act, I play Deloris. She’s an undiscovered nightclub singer who’s bold, confident and has dreams of becoming a huge star. She’s got big aspirations for herself—except she takes a little bit of a detour after seeing someone get murdered by her married lover. Underneath all of her sass, big hair, attitude and dazzling purple boots, she has a kind heart, and she learns a lot of things along the way about religion and people, and herself—all from being stuck in a convent with a bunch of nuns. I like to think I’m sassy like she is and I have big dreams for myself too, which isn’t a surprise—I’m in Theatre Arts. Through the making of this production, I’ve also learned to make real connections with my peers and castmates—it has been quite a tiring but worthwhile trek.
A wise man once told me, “Live every day like it’s your last because one day it will be. Make everything you do matter— if that means singing songs and dancing for two hours straight, let that be it.” I truly would like to live by that and I hope when you see this show, it will make you feel something—a bit of human sentiment.
—Chariz, 2nd year Theatre Arts student and “Deloris” in Sister Act
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