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Brave Community Theatre of Spring Valley does Nunsense

Fri, Jul 15th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

Spring Valley -As the story goes, the good Saint Wilfred founded the Order of the Little Sisters of Hoboken in the seventh century. Centuries later, a small group of pioneering nuns set out to establish a Mother House in Cleveland, Ohio but got off the plane in Newark instead. After the lost nuns were found by the Newark Airport Police, the sisters, extremely grateful for their reception on the Jersey shores(some may even say, relieved to be rescued from the Jersey shores), decided to express their gratitude by establishing their Mother House in Hoboken, New Jersey.

The current "conventional" nuns, found themselves in dire financial straits due to an unfortunate set of circumstances. Their solution to solve this dilemma is nothing if unconventional and utilizes the God given talents of the sisterhood. Get thee to a nunnery and enjoy the hilarious antics of the five zany Little Sisters of Hoboken as they move heaven and earth to bury their frozen dead.

When regionally recognized director Laurie Helmers offered to reprise her interpretation of Dan Goggin's "Nunsense", Brave Community Theatre of Spring Valley recognized the opportunity as heaven sent. The Brave Community Theatre Board of Directors, wishing to capitalize on 2010's successful Alice in Wonderland and the success of their 2011 Charlie and Chocolate Factory, accepted the offer with heavenly gratitude. With an established tradition of featuring family-pleasing favorites, BCT gave the nod and the wink to Helmer's proposal.

Running the show is Mother Superior, Sister Mary Regina, played by Laurie Helmers. As outrageous as Sister Mary Regina is, she is quick- witted enough to never get her Irish up. Her show business background serves her well, not only running the convent show, but also running the variety show.

Pam Crawford portrays the ever unflappable, dignified Sister Mary Hubert, the mistress of the novices. Sister Mary Hubert highsteps out of character to belt out a holy rolling- in- the- aisles gospel number.

A BCT perennial, Sarah Kohn, is streetwise Sister Robert Anne, who hails from Brooklyn. A tough nun to crack, with a heart of gold, Sister Robert Anne is a special favorite of the students. They appreciate the pranks Sister Robert Anne pulls on the other nuns. Besides keeping the other nuns on their toes and on edge, Sister Robert Anne has a way with the school's rattletrap old bus.

On her toes as she pirouettes through day, the young novice Sister Mary Leo is often led down the path of least righteousness by Sister Robert Anne. A professional ballet dancer prior to entering the convent as a novice, Sister Mary Leo never gives up the dream of wearing a tutu over her habit. Chelsea Lange plays the impressionable Sister Mary Leo.

A falling crucifix left a perpetual impression upon Sister Mary Amnesia. The good sister doesn't really know who she is and barely knows what she is about. Sister Mary Amnesia (veteran actress Novella Meisner) is the epitome of simple naiveté and, like the simple soul she is, greets each day with childlike joy.

"Nunsense" is a musical comedy with Book, Music and Lyrics by Dan Goggin and is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. "Nunsense" will be performed at the Spring Valley Community Center (200 South Broadway) as part of the Ag Days celebration. Evening performances are scheduled for 7:00 pm on August 17, 18 and 19th (Wednesday through Friday). A matinee performance will he held on Saturday, August 20 at 3:00 pm. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at Sunshine Foods in Spring Valley. Ticket prices are $11.00 for adults and $6.00 for children under 12. Tickets are $1.00 off in advance or with an Ag Days button at the door.

Please contact actress/director Laurie Helmers at 533-8265 for additional information. To be forewarned is to be forearmed --- "Nunsense" can be habit forming.

Sharanne Calabrese

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