by Bruce Strand, Arts editor
How much fun could it be to watch five nuns ham it up for a couple hours?
Well, theatre-goers have enjoyed “Nunsense” in over 5,000 productions worldwide, and now this musical comedy about Hoboken nuns throwing together a variety show will be presented by Elk River Community Theatre.
“Nunsense” will open on Friday, Feb. 11, at the ERHS Little Theatre.
“We have an extremely talented cast,” said director Eileen Bowersox. “With only five parts, they have to be spectacular, and they are.”
The nuns are played by DeeDee Buckley of Roseville, Jennifer Piehl of Rogers, Katie Wolf of Elk River, Ingrid Moss of Rogers, and Paul Olson of Zimmerman. Olson plays a role that’s often taken by men, said Bowesox.
“Nunsense” begins when the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, and they are in dire need of funds for the burials.
The sisters decide that the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show, so they take over the school auditorium, which is currently set up for the eighth grade production of “Grease.”
Here we meet Reverend Mother Regina, a former circus performer; Sister Mary Hubert, the a streetwise nun from Brooklyn named Sister Robert Anne; Sister Mary Leo, a novice who is a wannabe ballerina; and wacky Sister Mary Amnesia, who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head.
This show includes star turns, tap and ballet dancing, an audience quiz, and comic surprises.
At Little Theatre, ERHS
Friday, Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 13, 3 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 20, 3 p.m.
For advance tickets, see erct.org