Nunsense, a musical comedy with book, music and lyrics by Dan Goggin, will be performed at Cite des Arts the first three weekends in June, with a gala opening to benefit The Stage Backers on June 2. Show producers are The Riveters, with Christy Leichty directing. Ticket pre-sales begin the week of May 15; tickets are $20.00 general admission, and $15.00 for students. Tickets for the Gala Fundraiser on June 2, will be $40.00, and will include dinner before the show.
Nunsense originated as a line of greeting cards, until Goggin expanded the concept into a cabaret that ran for 38 weeks and eventually into a full length musical, in 1985. The original Off-Broadway production was the second-longest running Off-Broadway show in history.
The show opens with the surviving Little Sisters of Hoboken, a one-time missionary order that ran a leper colony, trying to raise money to bury 4 of their colleagues who accidentally died of food poisoning. The Reverend Mother, Sister Mary Regina (Curtis Norris), is a former circus performer that cannot resist the spotlight, so she leads the group in a talent show in the Mount Saint Helen’s School auditorium. Second in command at the order is Sister Mary Hubert (Martin Smith), who trains the novices, and loves to compete with The Reverend Mother. Sister Robert Anne (Michelle Colon), a streetwise nun from Brooklyn is the understudy for the performance until circumstances throw her onto the stage with the others. Sister Mary Leo (Colin Smith), is a novice who is determined to be the World’s first ballerina nun, and Sister Mary Amnesia (Allison Brandon), lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head.
The show runs June 2-4, 9-11, and 16-18. Friday and Saturday evenings begin at 7:30pm, Sunday matinees are at 2:00pm. Cite Des Arts is at 109 Vine Street, Downtown Lafayette. For information or reservations please call 337-291-1122.