What could possibly top last summer's production of "Nunsense"? Why, the sequel, of course!
Ellinwood Community Theater is capitalizing on last year's success by presenting "Nunsense II: The Second Coming" to help kick off the town’s After Harvest Festival next week. The group, in association with Ellinwood High School, will perform the show on at 7:30 p.m. in the EHS Auditorium.
"Nunsense II," the follow-up to the hit musical "Nunsense," takes place approximately six weeks after the nuns’ first benefit performance. The nuns again take over the school stage (this time, set for an upcoming production of “The Mikado.")
The same five nuns are back for what is billed as a "Thank You Program" for their supporters. Reprising their roles are local actresses Jean Doll, Meredith Duling, Marie Henderson, Lauren Spare, and Sharon Sturgis.
The audience will remember stern but loveable Reverend Mother Mary Regina (Sturgis), Sister Mary Hubert, the Mistress of the Novices (Doll), and the enthusiastic Sister Robert Anne (Henderson). Sister Mary Leo (Spare) is a novice nun and wannabe ballerina, and the delightfully wacky Sister Mary Amnesia (Duling) lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head.
Now, the nuns are a bit slicker, having been bitten by the theater bug. Things get to off to a rousing start, but before long, chaos erupts. Two Franciscans come to claim Sister Mary Amnesia (who has won the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes) as one of their own. At the same time the nuns hear that a talent scout is in the audience to see them strut their stuff.
Featuring star turns, dancing, and comic surprises, “Nunsense” has become an international phenomenon. With more than 5000 productions staged worldwide, the hit has spawned several spinoffs in addition to the sequel.
The show is directed by Julie Ann Jacobs with technical direction by Leon J. Sobba. Admission is $5, and tickets can be purchased at the Ellinwood School/Community Library, Kimple Furniture, Community Bank of the Midwest, from cast members, or at the door.