By Nan Nawrocki of the Tater Patch Players
Over the past few weeks, we have introduced you to the directors and actors who have been rehearsing so hard to bring Nunsense to our Tater Patch Players stage. Now you will have a chance to come, laugh and fall in love with these crazy sisters. The Little Sisters of Hoboken are having a hard time. Most of their order was killed by some bad vichyssoise, prepared by their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God. They were able to bury most of them in a respectful way. However, the money has run out (for reasons that will be apparent early in the show) and there are still four nuns in the freezer of the convent kitchen. This is not going to make the health inspector happy. What can they do? Well, how about a fundraiser talent show?
You will learn how successful (or not) the remaining sisters are. Led by the domineering Reverend Mother Mary Regina (Pat Northcutt), the sisters are about to "strut their stuff". They are a small group of eager performers. Eager, not necessarily talented. Sister Mary Hubert (Marcia Wright) is the long-suffering "sidekick". She generously tries to make it all run smoothly, while quietly fuming at always being second-in-command -- and at being given the name of Hubert when she took her vows. "Hubert!" she says, with a huge eye-roll. The other three sisters don't make her life very easy. The novice, Sister Mary Leo, wants to help save the world through her ability to dance. The fact that she doesn't really have any ability is not going to stop this eager, naïve lady. Sister Robert Anne (Vanessa Stancil) has had a hard-knock past that shouldn't be looked at too closely. She constant plays the "class clown", but she's really a star who's trying to shine. And she reveals, in a marvelous song, what being a nun really means to her. And then there's Sister Mary Amnesia (Jennie Hutto Smith). Her memory is gone, as the result of a bizarre accident. But she's bubbly and eager-to-please. Her lack of memory seems to keep getting her into trouble, but she keeps bouncing back. The audience will get to know her very well during an audience-participation quiz she hosts for the fundraiser.
Sister Mary Carlene, at the keyboard, is really Carlene Archer, the music director of this show. She has melded together five great voices into a musical treat for the ears. Director Audrey Kirsten-Lewis, assisted by Patrick Hall, have helped the actors develop strong and likable characters with whom you'll really enjoy spending an evening. Tater Patch Players invites its friends who might not be able to afford a ticket price right now to watch the dress rehearsal of Nunsense on July 16 at 7:30 p.m. They call this Share night because in return for a great evening's entertainment, they ask the attendees to share a bag of non-perishable food or toiletry items for the CARES Food Pantry. These "shares" can be brought to the lobby of the theater, at 95 Philadelphia Lane, on Share night.