These fabulous nuns, and priest, are a whole lot of fun! From left: Melanie Dobson, Wendy Kenworthy, David Derby, Priscilla Ruemping, and Liz Olive. Photo submitted
By Melisa Ferris
The wonderful nuns from Nunsense return to the Mantorville Opera House for a holiday show that's fun for the whole family!
"Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical" is the fourth installment of Dan Goggin's Nunsense series. The show opens as the Sisters of the Mount St. Helens Convent are preparing for their first "Cable Access TV Special" taped in their TV studio in the basement of the convent. Their show will be broadcast in real time -- so if there are any mistakes during taping, they will be seen immediately by the TV audience... But what could POSSIBLY go WRONG? Well, plenty, of course. The nuns have planned an original ballet based on "The Nutcracker Suite," but things go awry before the show even starts. And if that's not enough, the presents under the Convent's Christmas tree get swiped, the guests who are supposed to be on the TV show fail to show, and the nuns are forced to improvise to ensure that the show goes on in this laugh-a-minute tale.
This follow-up to the hilarious show, "Nunsense!" stars the nuns you love, plus Father Virgil and some of the most talented students to ever grace the convent's school. The show features all-new songs including: "Twelve Days Prior to Christmas," "Santa Ain't Comin' To Our House," "We Three Kings of Orient Are Us," and "It's Better to Give Than To Receive." This show is filled with Nunsense humor, some of your favorite Christmas carols, a "Secret Santa," and an uproarious take on Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet. "Nuncrackers" will make you laugh and maybe tug at your heartstrings. It's the perfect way to ensure that your holiday season is merry and bright.
Directed by Mantorville's own Bob Soland, "Nuncrackers" features the acting, singing and dancing talents of Melanie Dobson and Wendy Kenworthy of Dodge Center, David Derby and Liz Olive of Mantorville, Priscilla Ruemping of Byron, Anders Herfindahl-Quint, Sarah Asprey, Annie Buresh and Robert Turner of Kasson, as well as the musical and dancing talents of Brenda Klossner Parker, Jan Swan Matson and Winston Howard, all of Rochester, and the costuming talent of Susanna Bordelon of Mantorville.
This family fun show begins November 22 and runs through December 15. Adult tickets are $18, and reduced rate tickets are $16. Shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets and more information are available on our web page at www.mantorvillain.com, or call us at 507-635-5420 for recorded information about the show and our box office procedures. Early ticket sales lead us to believe that performances of "Nuncrackers" will sell quickly, so don't delay-buy your tickets today.