Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Auburn Community Theater Offers Habit-Forming Fun, the 'Nunsense' Sequel

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Auburn Community Theater Offers Habit-Forming Fun, the 'Nunsense' Sequel

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AUBURN -- Auburn Community Theater will see whether the singing, dancing and comedy of the Little Sisters of Hoboken can be habit- forming when it stages "Nunsense II: The Second Coming," the first sequel in Dan Goggins' "Nunsense" stage musical franchise.

In September 2012, Auburn Community Theater presented "Nunsense," which spawned six sequels and three spin-offs. "Nunsense II," which the publishers said could easily be subtitled "the rest of the story," picks up six weeks after the events of the original.

Returning to the stage are the same five traditionally clad nuns: Sister Mary Regina (Kathy Slawson), the mother superior; Sister Mary Hubert (Kelly Stites), the mistress of novices and the convent's second-in-command; Sister Robert Anne (Jeni Thomas), a streetwise nun from Brooklyn; Sister Mary Paul (Linda Vrbanac), who was known as Sister Mary Amnesia in the original because a crucifix fell on her head and wiped out her memory; and Sister Mary Leo (Elizabeth Massey), a novice whose prayer is to be the first nun ballerina. (Only Thomas is an alumna of the 2012 production.)

Zoe Franklin plays a Catholic school girl in an incidental role in "Nunsense II."

Near the top of the two-act musical, the nuns remind the audience of what went on in the original show, in which 52 of the order were wiped out by botulism after eating vichyssoise prepared by the convent's cook, Sister Julia, Child of God. The nuns managed to get 48 of their food-poisoned sisters in hallowed ground before running out of money.

The remaining bodies became blue nuns when they were tucked away in the convent's walk-in freezer while the surviving sisters staged a variety show to pay for the last four funerals.

The program was such a success, the sisters decided to mount an appreciation program for their supporters, although they have to use the set of an upcoming production of Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Mikado," which the Hoboken Music Society will present the following week. …

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