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‘Nunsense’ coming to Cultural Park Theatre January 10


Sometimes life makes no sense. And sometimes it makes Nunsense – as in the musical comedy that Cultural Park Theatre is bringing to the stage for two weekends beginning January 10.

The play focuses on five nuns from the Little Sisters of Hoboken, a one-time missionary order that ran a leper colony on an island south of France. They are part of 19 survivors who are chagrined to discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, accidentally killed the other fifty-two residents of the convent with botulism-tainted vichyssoise while they were off playing bingo with a group of Maryknolls.

Upon discovering the disaster, Mother Superior had a vision in which she was told to start a greeting card company to raise funds for the burials. The greeting cards were an enormous success but, thinking there was plenty of money, the Reverend Mother bought an HD TV and home entertainment system for the convent, leaving her with no money in the kitty to pay for the last four burials. With the deceased nuns on ice in the deep freeze (to the consternation of the Board of Health), the sisters decide to stage a variety show in the Mount Saint Helen’s School auditorium to raise the needed funds. Participating in the project are Mother Superior Mary Regina, a former circus performer who cannot resist the spotlight; her competitive but dignified rival, second-in-command Sister Mary Hubert; Sister Robert Anne, a streetwise nun from Brooklyn; Sister Mary Leo, a novice who is determined to be the world’s first ballerina nun; and wacky, childlike Sister Mary Amnesia, who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head.

Each nun has a bit or routine that not only provides the entertainment, but enables the audience to discover who, exactly, they are.

Nunsense plays at Cultural Park Theatre January 10-19.

December 22, 2019.

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