The Players of Sarasota celebrate 'Nunsense'

October 25, 2012 

It's another run of silly, singing, crowd-pleasing nuns as The Players of Sarasota stage Dan Goggin's original "Nunsense."

The show lasted on off-Broadway from 1985 to 1995 and continues to be performed in its original form, or one of the sequels, pretty much every year on local stages, as well as stages worldwide.

For those who haven't seen it, "Nunsense" features The Little Sisters of Hoboken. Operators of the Mount St. Helen's School, they have had a little accident. Their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has killed 52 of their order with a bad batch of vichyssoise. Only five survive, and the nuns need the cash to bury the last four victims of the botulism soup.

They decide to put on a show to raise the money. Yep, "Nunsense" is all about nuns, Catholic schools, Catholic fund-raisers, featuring sisters who turn out to be women of hidden talents.

This show about the little Sisters of Hoboken has never been previously produced by The Players. The cast is Kathy Abney (as Sister Mary Regina), Phyllis Banks (Sister Mary Hubert), Susan Cole (Sister Robert Anne), Nikki Maack-Schuster (Sister Mary Amnesia) and Maria Wirries (Sister Mary Leo).

It is being led by director/choreographer Michelle Teyke and musical director Alan Corey. The set is by Michael Gray with lights by Patrick Bedell.

Celebrating the popularity of "Nunsense," The Players will be holding a special "tribute day" Oct. 24 to honor all those who have ever starred on stage in any version of the show "Nunsense." All former actors of the show will be recognized and will receive special pricing of $12 admission.

"I am always looking for musical theatre gems to produce that haven't been on our stage before, or are deserving of a revival" said Jeffery Kin, artistic director, in a statement issued by The Players. "We are embracing the fact that the show is popular and even hosting a 'Nunsense' reunion to celebrate!"

Details: Oct. 24-Nov. 4, The Players Theatre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets: $25/$12 (students). Information: 941-365-2494 or www.theplayers.org.

--Wade Tatangelo

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