‘Nunsense’ opens ThursdayPublished 8:28pm Tuesday, May 13, 2014
If you see a bunch of nuns touring around town and acting strangely, do not panic. They are the whacky nuns from the musical comedy Nunsense — here for the Bainbridge Little Theatre production of the show that opens Thursday, May 15.
The show is a long-time favorite of audiences everywhere and has been enthusiastically received at prior Bainbridge Little Theatre performances.
There have been several sequels written after the original; but the one opening at BLT on May 15 is the original production written by playwright Dan Goggin.
It is described as a hilarious spoof about the misadventures of five surviving nuns trying to manage a fundraiser to be able to bury their sisters who died from botulism after eating vichyssoise prepared by Sister Julia.
The five remaining nuns are the quirky Sister Leo, (Jenna Chambless), who loves to do ballet; Sister Robert Anne, (Shelley Fisher) a streetwise, tough talking no-nonsense gal; befuddled Sister Amnesia, (Amy Wells); Mother Superior Sister Regina (Ida Cooksey) and the mistress of novices, Sister Mary Hubert (Martha Mobley). Appearing as Roxanne DiAngelo, star student, is Jill Overman.
Ida Cooksey said she has appeared in four Nunsense productions, as has Martha Mobley. The first was 20 years ago when BLT did the original play, then along came Nunsense II when Amy Wells joined that cast, along with Cooksey and Mobley.
All three actors were in the Nunsations production, as all three are in the current one. Cooksey said she was Sister Robert Ann for the first three productions, but finally has been promoted to Mother Superior.
Directed by Ben Gunter, musician and actor from Tallahassee, Gunter is no stranger to Bainbridge as he once served as an instructor of speech and theatre at Bainbridge College.
Gunter said he likes the Nunsense plays because they provide a chance to combine really good humor with practical religion, which he describes as “a lovely combination.”
Musical director is Michael Inlow and Ariel Brock is choreographer.
The show opens Thursday, May 15 with evening performances at 7:30 through Saturday, May 17, with a closing matinee on Sunday, May 18 at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are available by calling 229- 246-8345 Mon.-Fr. From 1 to 6 p.m., or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at the door.