byline Germaine Hupe
When the curtain rises this Friday night on the Winters Theatre Company’s production of “Nunsense,” the audience will enjoy the performances of the six talented women who portray the nuns of the Little Sisters of Hoboken. Each of the cast members enhances her role with many hours of previous stage experience.
Mary Young (Mother Regina) finds the part of the hard pressed Mother Superior very familiar because she has played this role in three former “Nunsense” productions in the Sacramento area. Among her many major roles are those of Mama Rose in “Gypsy” and Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn in “The Music Man.” She has enjoyed all her former roles but considers portraying Aunt Eller in “Oklahoma” one of her favorites.
Christine Deamer (Sister Mary Hubert) has recently appeared in DMTC’s “Follies” and now plays the convent’s “second in command” sister in “Nunsense.” She has been seen in many musicals including “Carousel,” “The Music Man,” “Kiss Me Kate,” “Annie,” “Singing In the Rain,” and “Hairspray.” Christine, a Davis resident, thanks WTC for “welcoming her into the fold.”
Linda Glick, a founding member of WTC, reprises her original role of Sister Mary Amnesia from a 1997 company production of “Nunsense.” Linda has appeared in numerous roles over the past 32 years of the company’s existence, but she has frequently also performed on the other side of the stage as the director of family classics such as “Peter Pan,” “The Wizard of Oz” and “Cinderella.” The role of the charming, child-like Sister Amnesia is still Linda ‘s favorite acting role.
Sister Robert Anne is a tough, street-wise woman who grew up on “the wrong side of the tracks,” but finds her true vocation helping others as a nun. This poignant but very comic role is portrayed by Ellie Yeatman. Ellie has graced the local stage as a nun before. She was the Mother Superior in WTC’s “The Sound of Music.” She recently portrayed the comic, but self important Miss Sawyer in “A Miracle on 34th Street,” and appeared as the fairy godmother in “Cinderella.” Ellie has also appeared professionally with the Sacramento Opera chorus.
Joanie Bryant portrays Sister Mary Leo, a young nun who dreams of being the first convent ballerina. Joanie has been acting with WTC since 2003, and her many roles include comedies such as “Leading Ladies,” and classics such as Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” Joanie’s favorite role thus far is that of Roz in the 2010 comedy farce “Moon Over Buffalo.”
Debi Bowen (Sister Mary Melody) has three challenges to her role. She provides the accompaniment for all the numbers, she is the play’s musical director, and she acts as a member of the convent. Debi, a classically trained pianist, has an impressive local resume. She has played for the high school chorus, sung with the Circle of Singers, appeared in several plays, and worked as one of the original organizers of “A Note of Elegance.” After an absence of several years from the performing stage, Debi is pleased to return and says she is “having the time of my life” working with “Nunsense.”
Make plans and reservations now to enjoy an evening of fun and laughter as WTC’s presentation of “Nunsense” comes to the stage of the Winters Community Center. Tickets for the Gala Opening on Friday, March 8th, at 7:30 p.m. are $15. For all other performances, Saturday, March 9th, Friday, March 15th, and Saturday, March 16th at 8 p.m. and Sundays, March 10th and 17th at 2 p.m., 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-795-4014.