Deloris Van Cartier – An aspiring performer trying to find both fame and a place in the world. When forced to hide in a convent she initially refuses to embrace her new lifestyle, but learns to embrace it when she works with the choir. Loud-mouthed and sassy, but ultimately caring.
Mother Superior – The head of the convent, sarcastic and a bit stiff. Extremely protective about keeping her sisters away from the influences and dangers of the outside world, which puts her in direct opposition to Deloris and her musical teachings. Her convent is failing, and while she puts on a strong front, she cannot save it alone.
Sister Mary Robert – A postulate, abandoned as a baby and raised at the convent. Young, shy and soft-spoken, but singing with Deloris lets her find her voice. Her wallflower lifestyle has made her feel like she has lived a shell of a life. She is terrified of making waves, but yearns for deeper meaning.
Sister Mary Patrick – A nun of the convent keen to welcome and befriend Deloris. Consistently, almost pathologically, perky. She is highly enthusiastic and easily excitable.
Sister Mary Lazarus – An older nun in the convent, and the head of the choir. Rather deadpan, and while she is not confrontational she is the least welcoming of the nuns. But despite her blunt nature, she too gets caught up in Deloris’s soul music.
Monsignor O’Hara – One of the heads of the convent. Constantly concerned with financial matters, though it turns out soul music puts him in a different mood.
Curtis – A club owner, notorious gangster, and Deloris’s boyfriend. Cocky and controlling, and he never shies away from violence. He has no tolerance for anyone who goes against him.
Lt. Eddie Souther – The desk chief at the Philadelphia police station, and a high school classmate of Deloris who helps get her into hiding. Faces a lot of nerves when under pressure, causing him to sweat profusely. He still yearns for Deloris after all these years, and he dreams of being her hero.
TJ – Curtis’s nephew and one of his top thugs. Deft and cognizant of that fact, and constantly in a state of ignorant bliss.
Joey – One of Curtis’s top thugs, who believes himself to be quite the ladies man.
Pablo – One of Curtis’s top thugs. A natural follower who speaks almost completely in Spanish.
Michelle – One of Deloris’s back-up singers. Lippy and always quick with a retort. This track will also be one of the choir nuns and assorted ensemble roles.
Tina – One of Deloris’s back-up singers. A little thick and naive. This track will also be one of the choir nuns and assorted ensemble roles.
Ernie – One of Curtis’s thugs. Initially thought to be a mindless yes-man, but her turns out to be an undercover police informant. This….does not go well for him. This track will also take on multiple male ensemble tracks.
Sister Mary Martin-of-Tours – A nun of the convent. Clearly in her own world, but has her moments of surprising clarity. She is part of the choir and will take on assorted other ensemble tracks.
Sister Mary Theresa – The oldest nun at the convent. Decrepit at a glance, but secretly packs a punch. She does not necessarily have to be a part of the choir, so this role will be open for consideration to performers who do not sing and dance. This role will also take on additional ensemble tracks.