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What Being a Nun Means to Me



As a life-long stage actress, people often ask me, “What’s your favorite musical?” My response? Nunsense. “What show do you want to perform again?” Any guesses? Nunsense. The answer is always, Nunsense


As any fellow thespian can attest, sometimes shows just stick with us even after the final curtain call. I’ve had several such experiences throughout my 22 years on stage, however, Nunsense is one that outshines all the rest.


Thirteen years ago I had the privilege of being cast in a community theater performance of Nunsense the Mega Musical. I played Sister Amnesia, a nun, aptly named, who lost her memory. I learned my lines and dance steps, which ironically meant purposefully forgetting, and all too soon the show came to an end. But while my character had forgotten who she was, I knew I would certainly never forget her. Or that musical


Decatur Underground Theater Performing the Musical Nunsense
Hard at work rehearsing Nunsense

Therefore, it should come as no surprise that when I was presented with the opportunity to reprise my role as Sister Amnesia for Decatur Underground Theater’s production of Nunsense the Mega Musical, I couldn’t refuse. 


So, what makes it my favorite? 

 

Well, because Nunsense is habit forming…Let me tell you why!


For those unfamiliar with this show, it follows a group of nuns who’ve had a grisly tragedy strike their New Jersey convent and must now host a variety act in order to raise money. Sounds like a great time, right? Although the show’s premise may seem counterintuitive for comedy gold, that’s why it’s so entertaining.


The writing is phenomenal. Nunsense busts through the metaphorical fourth wall, an uncommon practice, creating an addictive atmosphere for both audience and actor alike. You'll laugh harder than you have in years and will want to run back to the box office just to experience the rush of delight again. No, really! Dave Goggin infused the pages of Nunsense with his comedic genius. This timeless, dependable comedy brings people of all beliefs to the same conclusion; it’s hilarious.  Audiences need not be Catholic nor religious to enjoy this story or laugh at the jokes and charming characters. 


Actresses laughing at table read of Decatur Underground Theater rehearsal of Nunsense
Having fun at the table read

Speaking of characters, these ladies (and a few gents) were written to leap off the stage and into hearts. These aren’t stereotypical nuns. These nuns are fun and perhaps a bit risque!


The score is creative and filled with nuances from popular culture. Throughout its two acts, you will hear allusions to some of your favorite Broadway tunes, a strong salute to the Andrew sisters, and a dose of country western.


The joy I’ve found bringing these Little Sisters of Hoboken to life is unmatched. And it may never be. I know you’ll enjoy it just as much as I have. From the catchy songs and spirited dancing to phenomenal talent both on and off the stage, you have a recipe for success. 


Get your tickets, bring your friends, and prepare to laugh! DUT’s show runs April 5th, 6th, 7th, 12th, 13th, and 14th at the Decatur Civic Center located in Decatur, IL. 


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