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‘Nunsense’ presents comedy in the convent (VIDEO)

10-07-2010


Sister Mary Amnesia (Victoria Grotewohl) has a discussion with her "friend" in Sacramento State's production of "Nunsense."

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When the Little Sisters of Hoboken need money to pay for funerals, there’s only one thing to do – Put on a show!

Nunsense is the fall musical offering at Sacramento State, and will be performed in the University Theatre at 8 p.m. Oct. 21-23 and 29-30; 2 p.m. Oct. 24 and 31; and 6:30 p.m. Oct. 27-28.

Written by Dan Goggin, the Sacramento State staging is directed by Professor Ed Brazo. Nunsense begins when the convent’s chef, Sister Julia, Child of God, accidently poisons 52 of the sisters with a bad batch of vichyssoise. In order to get enough money to bury their brethren, the convent stages a show at Mount St. Helens eighth-grade school.

First, the Reverend Mother needs to hold auditions, and everybody wants to get into the act. “There’s a couple of them who always wanted to be in show business and everyone’s basically trying to be the star of the show,” Brazo says.

One sister is a tight-rope walker and another tap dances. Meanwhile, the chef can’t figure out why no one wants to eat her food.

Senior Krystle Jong plays Sister Mary Leo, the novice/ballerina. “This is going to be a challenge for me,” Jong says, noting she’s trained in just about every dance style except ballet.

The first week of performances will feature the traditional Nunsense. The second week will present Nunsense A-Men, the original script, but with men playing the sisters’ roles.

Nunsense has been a huge hit wherever it’s performed since its debut in 1985.

Tickets for the 6:30 p.m. performances are $10 general admission and $7 for children. All other performances are $15 general admission; $12 for students, faculty and staff; and $10 for children. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office, (916) 278-4323 or www.tickets.com.

For more information, visit www.csus.edu/dram or call (916) 278-3569. For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.