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'Sisters' brings family and friendship to Theatre L'Homme Dieu

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Sisters Jevetta (pictured) and Jearlyn Steele, stars of Broadway and the Oscars, will put on their production of Sisters, a musical about the power of sisterhood, faith and family, at Theatre L'Homme Dieu in Alexandria July 23-28. (contributed photo)2 / 2

Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele, stars of A Prairie Home Companion, Broadway, and the Oscars, will entertain audiences with their production of Sisters, a musical story about the power of sisterhood, faith and family.

They will perform at Theatre L'Homme Dieu (TLHD) in Alexandria Tuesday through Saturday, July 23-27 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 28 at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $17.50 to $22.50.

The Steeles have earned every music award offered in Minnesota in the past 20 years. They have recorded and performed with Prince, Donald Fagen, Morgan Freeman, George Clinton, Kim Carnes, Blind Boys, James Cleveland, Mahalia Jackson and more.

The family has traveled around the world in the musical The Gospel At Colonus including a Broadway run at the Lunt Fontanne theater in 1988.

Jearlyn, whose performances in Mahalia brought her critical acclaim, recently released a solo CD, Steele Praising Him, featuring a compilation of traditional gospel hymns.

She is also featured in the movie of Garrison Kiellor's A Prairie Home Companion. In addition to being a motivational speaker, she is the host of her own top-rated radio show, Steele Talking, on WCCO in Minneapolis.

Jevetta is an academy award nominee for her performance on the soundtrack theme "I'm Calling You" from the movie Bagdad Café. She starred in the musical production of the show in Spain, France and Germany.

Jevetta also starred in her semi-autobiographical musical Two Queens, One Castle at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis.

She released a jazz compilation entitled My Heart that debuted in Minneapolis. She also performed in The Buddy Holly Story at the Ordway Center in St. Paul, in Spunk! at Penumbra Theatre, and with the New Jersey Symphony as a featured soloist.

The Steeles will also offer two master classes on Thursday, July 25 at TLHD for performers of all experience levels. Each class is $25.

The Art of Performance will be held from 10 to 10:45 a.m. It will polish a monologue, story, or song for auditions or performance. The Soul Music master class will be held from 11 to 11:45 a.m. It will focus on jazz, funk, blues, and gospel singing techniques. Participants are asked to bring a monologue and/or song to work on with the Steeles. Space is limited.

To buy tickets for Sisters, make reservations for the classes, or for more information, call (320) 846-3150 or visit