What do botulism, dancing nuns, and New Jersey all have in common? They’re coming to Huntingdon this September when the Playhouse at McConnellstown presents the comedic musical “Nunsense,” opening on September 22nd.
Written and composed by Dan Goggin, “Nunsense” is a hilarious spoof about the misadventures of five nuns. The unholy problems began one night when several sisters leave to go play bingo. Sadly, the rest of the sisterhood died from botulism after eating Sister Julia’s tainted soup. Mother Superior decides to hold a fundraiser to bury the 52 deceased members of the convent.
The fundraiser is an enormous success, and thinking there is plenty of money, Reverend Mother spends the last of the money. However, Mother Superior soon realizes that there was only enough money to bury 48 of the deceased. The remaining nuns – ballet-loving Sister Leo, street-wise Sister Robert Anne, befuddled Sister Mary Amnesia, the Mother Superior Sister Regina, and mistress of the novices Sister Mary Hubert – stage a talent show to raise the money to bury the remaining dearly departed.
Goggin has packed in every nun joke imaginable, from the opening statement that “Nunsense is habit forming” through a variety of virgin jokes to the obvious but unavoidable penguin jokes. With one exception, all the nuns are named Mary. Sister Mary Regina is the Mother Superior in charge of the talent show’s acts featuring Sister Mary Leo, Sister Mary Hubert, Sister Mary Amnesia, and her hand puppet Sister Mary Annette.
“Music, dancing, comedy, and nuns—what’s not to love?” asked Stephanie Swan, who plays the spotlight-loving Sister Mary Regina (Mother Superior).
Swan is joined onstage by her second in command, Sister Mary Hubert, played by Tara Lee Donahue. Lauren Albright makes her Playhouse debut as the tough, streetwise Sister Robert Anne. The forgetful Sister Mary Amnesia is Jennifer Powell, and convent novice Sister Mary Leo is Jennifer Catanese.
“I am delighted to be in a musical at the Playhouse,” commented Donahue. “We have such a talented cast for this fun show.”
Dan Weston directs this production. Jeanne Nagurny costumes this production with sound design by Rick Brown. Lighting is designed by Keith Sutton with technical production by Barbara Hughes.
“This is a very sweet and funny classic that has led to many sequels,” remarked Director Weston. “It’s always fun to work with a talented and excited cast as we bring these singing, dancing nuns to life! It’s been awhile since we produced a musical at The Playhouse, and this is us dipping our nun’s toes in the water.”
“Nunsense” will continue on September 22nd, 23rd, 28th, 29th, and 30th at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinee showings are September 24th and October 1st at 2:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 for regular admission and $13 for seniors (age 60 and older) and students (age 6 and older). For reservations call 814-627.0311. The Playhouse is located at 11680 Raystown Rd, Huntingdon, PA, five miles South of Huntingdon Borough on Rt. 26 in the Village of McConnellstown. For more information, please check the website at www.littletheater.com, like us on Facebook (The Playhouse at McConnellstown), or follow us on Twitter @LittleTheater.