“Raise Your Voice” is the central theme — and reprised number — of Camden Hills Regional High School’s fall music, “Sister Act.” Based upon the hit 1992 Touchstone Pictures movie, and with original music by Alan Menken, the upbeat musical will be presented Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 4, 5, 11 and 12 at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov.6, at 2 p.m. in the school’s Strom Auditorium.

When Deloris Van Cartier (Rebekah Schade) takes refuge in a convent after having witnessed a murder at the hands of her boyfriend Curtis (Nick Watts), she discovers that she has a gift that is even greater than her star-struck dreams of being on the stage — sharing the power of music. As the nuns discover the joy of raising their voices and “shaking their booties” they, including Deloris, also begin to discover a new strength and resolve inside of themselves.

Musical theater, with its costumes, lights, dancing, and amazing sets is a spectacle for the whole community to enjoy, but parents of impressionable young children are cautioned that the directors have rated this show PG-13 for violence and suggestive language. In “Sister Act,” the subject of domestic abuse becomes an undercurrent in an otherwise light and humorous story. The writers have presented this serious topic in a comedic manner by distracting the listener with zany “thug” characters. However, the theme of “raising one’s voice” is the lesson embedded in the storyline.

Tension mounts in the finale of the show as Curtis discovers where Deloris is hiding and makes plans to “keep her silent” for good. In solidarity, the sisters of the convent, including the rigid character of Mother Superior (Molly Mann), raise their voices and make a vow to protect Deloris. In addition, Deloris finds her own voice, and takes a powerful stand against Curtis — with the strength of her sisters, she is able to “raise her voice” and stand up to the bully. The theme of justice prevails, as we find out what happens to Curtis and his followers in the final number.

On Broadway, “Sister Act” was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. With lyrics by Glenn Slater, book by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner and additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane, “Sister Act” is being presented by Camden Hills in special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

Advance ticket sales are $12 for reserved (front section) seats and $10/$6 students and senior citizens for general admission. At-the-door prices increase to $15/$12/$8. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at stromtickets.com or reserved by calling 236-7800, ext. 282; email stromtickets@gmail.com for ticket orders and more information. The school is off Route 90.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.