“Nunsense” is Coaster Theatre Playhouse’s summer musical with mild adult themes and lots of fun, musical numbers. The play, written by Dan Goggin, runs through June 28 until September 1 and begins at 7:30 pm for all performances.
The play follows the Little Sisters of Hoboken who discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters having succumbed to botulism after eating vichyssoise they are in dire need of funds for the burials. The sisters decide that the best way to raise the funds 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.”
We then meet the sisters – Reverend Mother Regina, a former circus performer; Sister Mary Hubert, the Mistress of Novices; a streetwise nun from Brooklyn named Sister Robert Ann; Sister Mary Leo, a novice who wants to be a ballerina; and the delightfully wacky Sister Mary Amnesia, the nun who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head.
The musical is directed by Richard Bowman, who is usually found on the Coaster Theatre stage performing plays or musicals. He has performed in past productions at the theatre, including in “Let’s Murder Marsha” as Virgil Baxter, in “Clue: The Musical” as Mr. Green, in “Present Laughter” as Roland Maul, and in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” as the Beast.
Bowman says this production involves non-traditional story-telling. The nuns will be interacting with the audience throughout the entire show. He says he can’t pick a favorite because “it would be like picking a favorite child”, but that he would have auditioned for Sister Robert Ann or Sister Mary Amnesia because he identifies with these characters and loves musical comedy. The actresses who play these characters, Ann Bronson and Cameron Lira, are vocally-trained and will be sure to impress all who see the show.
There will be a rotation of shows for the summer, including “Nunsense” and “And Then There Were None.”