‘Sister Act’ features powerful vocals

INDIANAPOLIS — Disco diva Deloris Van Cartier has witnessed a murder. So she hides out in the one place she won’t be found — a convent. Disguised as a nun, and under the watchful eye of the Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices in this musical tribute to the power of sisterhood and music. “Sister Act” opens Sept. 22 and runs through Oct. 8 at Footlite Musicals, 1847 N. Alabama St. Visit footlite.org for show times and ticket prices.

Classic characters take the stage in melodrama

INDIANAPOLIS – The Mud Creek Players present “Curse of an Aching Heart,” a modern rendition of an old melodrama. Melody Lane is a self-educated orphan forced to marry Windermere Hightower. Hightower expects Melody to be an accomplice in all his criminal activity. Melody runs away in search of true love — and finds it — but Windermere is hot on her trail. The show plays through Sept. 30 at the Mud Creek Barn, 9740 E. 86th St. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m., Sunday matinees are at 2:30 p.m. Visit mudcreekplayers.com for ticket information.

Haddon’s novel becomes play in ‘Curious Incident’

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Repertory presents the Tony Award-winning stage play “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” based on the novel by Mark Haddon through Oct. 14. A teenage math savant investigates a puzzling neighborhood occurrence and begins an extraordinary journey that takes him places he has never been. The Indiana Repertory Theatre is located at 140 W. Washington St. Visit irtlive.com for ticket information and performance times.Mystery writers try to be original at Belfry

NOBLESVILLE – Five has-been mystery writers convene at the Vulture’s Vault to collaborate on writing a new mystery series for television. Characters based on Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple, Dashiell Hammett’s Nick and Nora Charles and Ian Fleming of James Bond fame. The show opens at the Belfry, 10690 Greenfield Ave. and plays through Oct. 6. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Visit thebelfrytheatre.com for ticket prices and more information.