Choreographer Ayla Todd, right, tries to keep her patience as she works to corral and coordinate seven crazy nuns. From left, Priscilla Ruemping, Sister Robert Ann; Alexa Nash, Sister Leo; Cindy Saunders, Sister Cardelia; Melanie Dobson, Sister Hubert; Paula Sorenson, Reverend Mother Regina; Cheryl Frarck, Sister Amnesia; and Shari Welsh, Sister Mary Martin. "Nunsense" opens February 8, and will run last three weekends in February at the Mantorville Opera House. www.mantorvillain.com Photo by Larry Dobson
Melanie Dobson is startled by Sister Mary Annette, the alter ego of Sister Amnesia.
By Ruth Hanson
The laugh-a-minute musical, "Nunsense," written by Dan Groggin, is a Samuel French production that will open at the Mantorville Opera House on Friday, February 8.
It is directed by Laura Nordlund and is her first time directing at the Mantorville Theater. She has taught classroom vocal music in the Rochester Catholic Schools for 14 years and has a Master of Music Education in Teaching and Learning.
Paula Sorensen is co-directing the music and blocking. She plays the Reverend Mother - Sister Regina - and keeps the Sisters of Hoboken in order. She is feisty and cannot resist the spotlight.
Sister Hubert, played by Melanie Dobson, is second in command to the Mother Superior and is always competing with her. She sings boisterously much of the time.
Sister Robert Anne is a streetwise tough broad who loves to aggravate the Mother Superior. She is played by Priscilla Ruemping.
Sister Amnesia lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head. She is a very sweet sister and is played by Cheryl Frarck. She doubles as Sister Mary Annette, a puppet.
Sister Leo, played by Alexa Nash, is a novice. She wanted to become the first nun ballerina, but the Reverend Mother unfortunately doesn't allow her nuns to wear tutus.
Sister Mary Cardalia, played by Cindy Saunders, is another novice. Sister Mary Poppins, played by Wendy Schleeter, is another novice. Sister Mary Martin, played by Shari Welsh, is the fourth novice.
Daniel Sorensen doubles as Father Myopia and the lighting director. Lycus Flaherty is Brother Flaherty in the first act, Father Lycus in the second act and the stage manager.
Susanna Bordelon is the costumer. Ayla Todd is the choreographer. Harry Coleman is the set designer and builder. Bob Soland is producer.
"The members of the cast and crew are very dedicated and have a passion for theater," Nordlund said. "They work extremely well together. I am looking forward to opening night. This is a play for all ages and entire families."
Opening night will be Friday, Feb. 8, and the play will close Feb. 24. The curtain will go up at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. For tickets call 635-5420 or go online at www.mantorvillain.com. Call the Hubbell House for Dinner and Show ticket packages at 507-635-2331.