As read in “Up Next: ‘Sister Act,’” there are several different performances coming to Osceola Arts this year. 

The News-Gazette sat down with Shana S. Burns, a director and choreographer for Osceola Arts, who is directing this season’s “Sister Act” (March 1-24), to talk a little bit about her experience and excitement for the arts.

Shana Burns

Osceola News-Gazette: Is this your first time directing a production with Osceola Arts?

Burns: “This was my first time as a solo director on the main stage production musical.”

News-Gazette: What other productions have you worked on?

Burns: “I have assistant directed the Singsation Youth Choir.”

News-Gazette: What path did you take to get to where you are now? Did you start as a performer?

Burns: “I started out as a dancer, then went into performing musicals as an actor/singer/dancer. That’s what got me into my love of musicals. But my first time in the production side of things was when I choreographed my first musical “Footloose.” I have been a professional dancer and performer since 2004.”

News-Gazette: What was your biggest or most memorable performance?

Burns: “My biggest and most memorable performance was when I was cast as a dancer in the major motion picture ‘Rock of Ages.’”

News-Gazette: What is your favorite production to watch as an audience member? 

Burns: “My favorite musical to watch as an audience member is Rock of Ages. But, to be honest… I have like 15 others that are on that list! White Christmas, Holiday Inn, Legally Blonde, Clue, Chicago, Fosse, Cabaret, On the Town, Newsies, Stomp, 42nd Street, An American In Paris… There are too many!”