Nunsense: the Funny, Nunny Musical!

byline Germaine Hupe

The Winters Theatre Company will continue its 2013 season with the popular musical, “Nunsense.” The six performance run begins on Friday, March 8 with a champagne gala evening starting at 7:30 pm and with an 8:00 pm curtain.  Additional performances are scheduled for Saturday, March 9, and the following weekend March 15, and 16. There will also be Sunday matinee performances on March 10, and 17, at 2:00 pm.

When future playwright Dan Goggin decided to open a line of greeting cards featuring clever quips by nuns, he was surprised by the success of his endeavor.  He expanded the concept to a cabaret musical which opened for a 4 day run and ended up lasting 38 weeks.  Encouraged by this success, Goggin wrote a complete, full-length production.  The show was an immediate hit which ran off Broadway for 10 years, 3,672 performances, making it the second longest running off Broadway show in theatrical history.  (Only “The Fantasticks” had a longer performance run.)

“Nunsense” became an international phenomenon translated into 26 languages with over 8,000 productions world wide.  It also produced 6 sequels, all musicals, and all featuring the further misadventures of the now famous 5 nuns who were featured in the original plot. Playwright Goggin keeps careful control over his nuns and their continuing activities.  He writes the scripts, the music and the lyrics; he also stages many of the dance routines.

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            The plot of “Nunsense” concerns the misadventures of 5 surviving Little Sisters of Hoboken.  It seems their cook served a tainted Vichyssoise and accidentally poisoned most of the nuns in the convent.  All but 4 of the dearly departed have been properly buried, but Mother Superior Regina has run out of funds, and the last unfortunate quartet repose in the convent’s deep freezer.  Reverend Mother and her 4 cohorts decide to hold a musical review to raise the burial money.  Fortunately these habit-clad ladies all have a fondness for “show biz,” and 3 of them were once performers: granted, their backgrounds are unusual.  One was once in the circus, one studied ballet, and one is a talented ventriloquist (although suffering from amnesia, she can’t remember where she learned her skill).  Streetwise Sister Robert Anne is convinced she can do it all, and Sister Hubert manages to keep her dignity and displays her own special gifts.

These 5 ladies combine their talents to produce 11 ensemble routines, 10 solos and several duets; all numbers are a delight for their audience.  The comedy is also non-stop as the nuns move from one hilarious dilemma to another.

Make your plans to enjoy an evening of music, dance, and comedy with the Little Sisters of Hoboken. Tickets for the Gala Opening are $15. For all other performances, tickets are $10 general and $6 for seniors and children 12 and under. The Saturday, March 9 performance of “Nunsense” will feature Bubbles, Wine, and Sinfully Delicious Desserts sold prior to and during intermission for the benefit of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in their mission to find a cure for leukemia and its related cancers, and to improve the quality of life for patients and their families.  For more information or reservations, contact or call 530-795-4014.



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