The Woods presents "Nunsense"

January 30th, 2014 | Betsy Wells

SMWC students in Nunsense
Cast(l-r):S. Mary Hubert- Mallory Tanis S. Mary Amnesia- Jessica Claycomb S. Mary Regina(Rev. Mother)-Cecilia Gray S. Robert Anne- Kelsie Uselman S. Mary Leo- Sherry Bube

A comedic spin on a fictional tragedy is the basis for this year’s spring musical at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC). The SMWC Music and Theatre Department presents Dan Goggin’s 1985 musical comedy, “Nunsense,” on Feb. 27 through March 2, 2014, at the Cecilian Auditorium.

“Nunsense” is a musical comedy about the Order of the Little Sisters of Hoboken, once a missionary that ran a leper colony in the south of France. While a group of nuns are out playing a competitive game of bingo with rivals, the Maryknolls, the convent cook Sister Julia (Child-of-God) accidentally poisons fifty-two of the nuns – leaving those who returned from bingo in need to raise money quickly to bury them. With the success of their greeting card company, it seems the surviving nuns have raised enough money to bury each poisoned sister – that is, until the Reverend Mother spends frivolously and they wind up without enough money to inter all of the sisters. In a rush to earn the money wasted, the remaining sisters put on a fundraiser to cover the rest of the funeral costs – and maybe a flat screen T.V.?

“It’s a musical comedy that all types of people can relate to and appreciate,” states Danielle O’Connor ’11, theatre director/productions manager at SMWC. “It may be about Catholic nuns from the East coast, but it’s entertaining for people of various backgrounds. What’s unique about this production is that it is being produced in a Catholic environment, nearly thirty years after it was written. So all that’s happened not only in the world, but also within the microcosm of Catholicism resonates differently in some of the jokes and material. It’s great that younger audiences will be able to connect to another generation through this musical via the pop culture references and musical styling.”

Production Staff

Director – Danielle O’Connor

Musical Director – David Gibbs

Technical Director – Tyler Hutcheson

Stage Manager – Shelby Richardson, SMWC senior,

Assistant Stage Manager – Jennifer Garrett, SMWC senior

Costume Designer – Jessica Becker

Lighting Designer –David G. DelColletti, Indiana State University, Professor Emeritus

Choreographer – Kennedy Lake, Indiana State University student

Performance Dates

Cecilian Auditorium, Conservatory of Music, SMWC college campus

Thursday, February 27- 7:30 p.m.

Friday, February 28  - 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 1  - 2 p.. and 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 1  -  2 p.m.

Sunday, March 2  -  2 p.m.

Tickets

Adults: $12.00/$15 for reserved seats                                                

Children and senior citizens: $7.00/$10 for reserved seats

Area college students with IDs and children under 12: free

The Box Office will open 1 hour before each performance.

Call (812) 535-6211 for further information and to reserve tickets.

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