Some silly sisters: McConnellstown Playhouse presenting ‘Nunsense’

Courtesy photo / The Playhouse at McConnellstown’s production of “Nunsense” includes (from left), front row: Lauren Albright, Stephanie Swan and Jennifer Powell; second row: Tara Lee Donahue and Jennifer Catanese.

The Playhouse at McConnellstown is presenting a spoof about the adventures of five nuns in a seven-show run that begins Friday.

Written and composed by Dan Goggin, “Nunsense” is full of “music, dancing, comedy and nuns. What’s not to love?” said Stephanie Swan, who plays the spotlight-loving Sister Mary Regina.

The Playhouse has not produced a musical in years, and show director Dan Weston said he is looking forward to it.

“This is a very sweet and funny classic that has led to many sequels,” he said in a press release. “It’s always fun to work with a talented and excited cast as we bring these singing, dancing nuns to life.”

Problems in the convent begin one night when several sisters leave to play bingo. Unfortunately, the rest of the sisterhood died from botulism after eating Sister Julia’s soup. A fundraiser to bury the 52 nuns is scheduled and is a success. But there’s only enough to bury 48, so a talent show is held, and the hilarity begins.

Their problems are compounded by the fact that all of the sisters but one are named Mary.

“Goggin packed in every nun joke imaginable,” said the press release.

Swan is joined onstage by her second in command, Sister Mary Hubert, played by Tara Lee Donahue. Lauren Albright makes her Playhouse debut as the tough, streetwise Sister Robert Anne. The forgetful Sister Mary Amnesia is Jennifer Powell, and convent novice Sister Mary Leo is Jennifer Catanese.

“I am delighted to be in a musical at the Playhouse,” said Donahue. “We have such a talented cast for this fun show.”


If you go

What: “Nunsense”

Where: The Playhouse at McConnellstown, 11680 Raystown Road (Route 26), McConnellstown

When: 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 and 2 p.m. on Sept. 24 and Oct. 1

Tickets: $13-$15

Reservations: Recommended, by calling (814) 627-0311

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